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Smoked chicken legs served on a white plate.

Simple Smoked Chicken Legs Recipe

These Smoked Chicken Legs are perfect for summer! The chicken is coated with a homemade dry rub on the outside and then cooked in flavorful smoke until you have juicy, tender chicken on the inside. The crispy, crackly skin is full of fantastic flavor that will have everyone coming back for seconds. So fire up the smoker and enjoy some delicious smoked chicken legs!
4.97 from 33 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course All Recipes, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 310 kcal


  • ThermPro Wireless Remote Digital Thermometer
  • Electric Pellet Grill



  • Preheat the smoker to 250°F. Make sure it is topped up with wood pellets.
  • Drizzle the chicken legs on all sides with the olive oil.
  • Apply the dry rub over the chicken legs and ensure it covers all parts; top, bottom, and sides.
  • Once the smoker comes up to temperature, place the chicken legs directly on the preheated grill and put your thermometer probe in, horizontally through each side, into the thickest part of the meat without touching the bone.
  • Close the lid and smoke until the internal temperature of the chicken legs is 175°F. This will take about 2 hours.
  • If you like BBQ sauce, apply your favorite sauce the last few minutes of cooking time.
  • Remove the smoked chicken legs from the grill and place them on a serving tray. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to reincorporate into the meat.
  • Enjoy!


Nutritional information is approximate and is meant as a guideline only.
Storage: Leftover smoked chicken legs can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.  
If you have lots of leftovers, remove the meat from the bone, place it in a Ziploc bag, and pop it in the freezer for meal prep, school, or work lunches. It will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer.


Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 1.1gProtein: 43.8gFat: 13.5gSaturated Fat: 3.4gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 373mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.6gCalcium: 24mgIron: 2mg
Keyword smoked chicken legs, smoked chicken drumsticks, smoked drumsticks
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