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Easy Smoked Chicken Legs made with just a few simple ingredients in 2 hours. Simple recipe for smoking chicken drumsticks during your next BBQ. Perfect recipe to start learning how to use your electric smoker! 
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Easy Smoked Chicken Legs

Easy Smoked Chicken Legs that are moist & full of flavor, all with a handful of pantry ingredients in 2 hours! Simple recipe for smoking chicken drumsticks during your next BBQ. Perfect recipe to start learning how to use your electric smoker!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Chicken Drumsticks
Servings: 7
Calories: 692kcal

Ingredients

  • 14 chicken legs
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

Chicken Brine

  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp rubbed sage

Instructions

To Brine the Chicken:

  • Combine 8 cups water with salt and seasonings. Whisk to dissolve salt. proceed with recipe.
  • Place chicken legs in a large container. Pour brine on top. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  • Remove chicken from brine. Rinse and pat dry.

Smoke Chicken Legs

  • Add pellets to smoker hopper. Clean grate as needed. Preheat smoker to 275° F.
  • Place chicken on smoker and cook for 1.5 hours.
  • Increase temp to 350° F and slather sauce on one side of the drumsticks. Replace lid and let cook for 15 minutes.
  • Turn chicken legs over and sauce the other side. Insert temperature probe in the thickest part of the drumstick, making sure to NOT TOUCH THE BONE.
  • Replace cover and cook until internal temp reads 165 degrees F. Remove from heat and let sit 5-10 minutes, then serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 2drumsticks | Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 240mg | Sodium: 1058mg | Potassium: 713mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg