Smoking Chicken

Smoked Chicken

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keyword: BBQ, Grilling, Smoked Meat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 289kcal
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.
Print Recipe


  • 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


  • In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, chili, garlic, and chipotle powders along with the salt and pepper.
  • Spread the rub on the chicken, taking the time to get it under the skin and around the legs.
  • 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.
  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving it with a good BBQ sauce for dipping.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.4mg