Smoked Chicken

Slowly smoked chicken legs have a rich smokey flavor and warm buttery texture that melts in your mouth.

Whole chicken legs, sometimes called chicken quarters, are a great choice when you’re cooking for groups.

The advantage chicken legs have is they’re fairly inexpensive, develop great flavor when cooked low and slow, and they come with a handle that makes them easy for people to eat at picnics and barbecues.

The spice rub for this recipe has a little sweet and a little heat that helps the chicken develop complex flavors as it smokes. If you like your smoked chicken spicer increase the chipotle by 1/2 tsp and reduce the brown sugar by 1/2 tsp.

For a delicious dinner try making this smoked chicken with our Cheesy Polenta and Grilled Asparagus.

Smoking Chicken
Print

Smoked Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
4.75 from 4 votes

Slowly smoked chicken legs have a rich smokey flavor and warm buttery texture that melts in your mouth. Whole chicken legs, sometimes called chicken quarters, are a great choice when you're cooking for groups. The advantage chicken legs have is they're fairly inexpensive, develop great flavor when cooked low and slow, and they come with a handle that makes them easy for people to eat at picnics and barbecues. The spice rub for this recipe has a little sweet and a little heat that helps the chicken develop complex flavors as it smokes. If you like your smoked chicken spicer increase the chipotle by 1/2 tsp and reduce the brown sugar by 1/2 tsp.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 whole chicken legs
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, chili, garlic, and chipotle powders along with the salt and pepper.
  2. Spread the rub on the chicken, taking the time to get it under the skin and around the legs.
  3. Smoke the chicken at 250ºF for an hour and a half or so until the chicken has cooked all the way through and reached 165ºF.
  4. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving it with a good BBQ sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

We like to use Hickory when smoking chicken. Also, an easy way to make smoking easier is to get a wireless thermometer.

More from Umami