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Smoked Chicken Leg & Thigh Quarters

Smoked Chicken Leg & Thigh Quarters

By Traeger Kitchen

Give that bird a massage with Traeger Pork & Poultry rub before grilling. The sweet and savory spices form a delicious crust that complements the chicken with amazing flavor.

Prep Time

10 Min

Cook Time

2 Hr

Pellets

Mesquite

Ingredients

This recipe serves:

6

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Units of Measurement:
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8 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick)
3 Tablespoon Olive oil
To Taste Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub
This recipe serves:

6

Activating this element will cause content on the page to be updated.
Units of Measurement:
main
8 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick)
3 Tablespoon Olive oil
To Taste Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

Steps

  • 1

    Add the chicken to a large bowl. Pour the oil over the chicken and rub to coat each piece, then season with Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub. Massage the chicken pieces to coax the oil and seasonings under the skin. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

  • 2

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 3

    Remove the chicken from the refrigerator, letting any excess oil drip back into the bowl.

  • 4

    Arrange the chicken directly on the grill grates. Insert the probe into the thickest part of a chicken leg, avoiding the bone. Close the lid and smoke for 1 hour.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    01:00

    Super Smoke

  • 5

    Increase the Traeger temperature to 350℉ and continue to roast the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165℉, the chicken is golden brown, and the juices run clear, 50-60 minutes.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C

    01:00

  • 6

    Remove from the grill and let the chicken rest for 8-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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