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Smoked Chicken Legs

This smoked chicken legs recipe is made with a delicious homemade smoked chicken dry rub making them crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 2.5 hoursTotal: 24 minute
Fat 18 Carbs 4 Protein 45
Yield 4 1x


Smoked Chicken Dry Rub 

  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Other Ingredients 

    • 2 lbs. chicken legs (we used 8 chicken legs)
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons smoked chicken dry rub (from above)


  1. Preheat the smoker to 275ºF.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the smoked chicken dry rub in a bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Remove excess moisture from the chicken legs with a paper towel.
  4. Drizzle the chicken legs with olive oil and massage the oil into the chicken legs.
  5. Place 3 tablespoons of dry rub into a bowl (or on a plate) and roll each leg into the dry rub. Make sure each leg is completely covered in dry rub.
  6. Place the chicken legs onto the smoker and spray the chicken legs with cooking spray and cover. 
  7. Smoke the chicken legs for 2-2.5  hours total (depending on how big the chicken legs are) at 275ºF. Check the internal temperature after 1 hour and flip the chicken legs over to the other side. Spray with cooking spray, cover, and continue cooking for 1-1.5 more hours.  
  8. Remove the chicken legs from the smoker once the internal temperature reaches 170-175ºF. 
  9. Let rest for 5 minutes and then enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 349 Sugar: 2 Fat: 18 Carbohydrates: 4 Fiber: 1 Protein: 45
Author: Linley RichterCategory: ChickenMethod: SmokerCuisine: AmericanDiet: Gluten Free

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