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Smoked Peppered Chicken

Smoked Peppered Chicken

By Traeger Kitchen

Some like it hot! If you’re bored with boring grilled chicken, try this spicy & smoky BBQ chicken recipe to spice up your life.

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hours




This recipe serves:


Units of Measurement:
1 Cup jalapeño jelly or red pepper jelly
1 Cup water
4 chicken legs
As Needed Traeger Chicken Rub
As Needed chili powder


  • 1

    Combine the jelly and water in a sauce pan and simmer on the stove top for about 10 minutes or until it reaches a medium-thick consistency.

  • 2

    Season the chicken quarters with the Chicken Rub and chili powder.

  • 3

    Start the Traeger and preheat to 300 degrees F, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C

  • 4

    Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 15 minutes, lid closed.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C


  • 5

    Baste the chicken legs with the pepper syrup. Turn the legs over and baste every 15 minutes for 30 minutes.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C


  • 6

    Switch the setting to Smoke and smoke for 1 hour.


    Super Smoke

  • 7

    Switch back to 300 degrees F for the last 15 minutes, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, to finish the glaze. Remove and serve while hot. Enjoy!

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C


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