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An Amazing Smoke-Roasted Chicken Drumsticks: Tips and a RecipeSmoked chicken drumsticks are great for parties, tailgating, or just a quick weeknight dinner. The flavor of these smoked chicken drumsticks is amazing. For many, the recipe for this salad with smoked chicken drumsticks can be a real boon.

Smoked chicken drumsticks are one of my family favorites for smoked food to snack on. These hickory smoked chicken drumsticks are loaded with flavor and are a definite crowd-pleaser. The smoked chicken drumsticks are awesome for the family cookout.
Smoked chicken drumsticks are similar to grill-roasting it, but with the addition of wood chunks or chips to the fire, water to promote smoke.

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This past weekend I went to the Rock N’ Ribfest in Merrimack, NH for the Great American Cookout Tour, where McCormick is the Official Seasoning and Marinade Partner. The whole event was a really fun time and I was able to consume tons of BBQ and beer. I also met Mike Peters, President of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and host of the Great American Cookout Tour, and he talked to me about some grilling and smoking tips to use at home.

I was so excited after attending this event to smoke some meat at home. It has been about 5 years since I have attempted to smoke any meat on the grill, and it is about time I got back into the game! The Great American Cookout Tour was handing out some awesome samples of burgers and chicken seasoned with McCormick Grill Mates. I also got to take home a few samples of the spice blends, like Montreal Steak, which is my old favorite.

Mike was on stage cooking and talking pretty much all day, and had some great tips for grilling and smoking meat. He talked a lot about the reverse sear method of cooking meat, which is a trend from McCormick’s Grilling Flavor Forecast where you bring the meat to temperature over a low, indirect heat, and then sear the outside at the very end for a nice char. Read more here.

Smoked chicken drumsticks are great because they cook up faster than a whole chicken and are naturally more moist than chicken breasts or wings.

Smoked Chicken Legs


  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder, 1 tbsp. paprika, kosher, salt Pepper, 6 Chicken Legs, ¼ c. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ c. water, ¼ c. brown sugar 2 tbsp. Ketchup, 1 tsp. molasses 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke, 1 clove garlic
  • 3 c. Wood Chips


  1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Rub all over the chicken and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
  2. Place the wood chips in the smoker according to manufacturer’s instructions and heat to 225 degrees F, then place the chicken on the racks bone-side down and cook, turning halfway through, until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F, 2 to 3 hours.
  3. you do not have a smoker: Remove the grill grates from one side of a gas grill and heat over medium-high heat. Tear 4 pieces of heavy-duty foil. Divide the chips between two pieces of foil, then sandwich with the other pieces. Fold over all of the edges to seal. Use a fork to poke holes in the top piece of foil. Place one foil package directly on the burner and let cook until the package begins to smoke, about 5 minutes. Let smoke for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low (the package should still be smoking). See more here.

For a quick alternative when you want a delicious chicken dinner, try these BBQ smoked chicken drumsticks and after only two hours of smoke time, you’ll be loving these of classic BBQ goodness.

Amazing Smoke-Roasted Chicken Drumsticks: Tips and a Recipe

Not to brag, but I finally got recognized for my legs. It’s true: As I told Steven, men kept sidling up to me on Super Bowl Sunday requesting the recipe for the chicken drumsticks I’d barbecued for the party. As one remarked, “This doesn’t even taste like chicken!” That is the power of wood smoke. It adds color, flavor, and appeal to nearly everything.

So, about those legs. They’re simple enough, but we have a few tips for you.

  • Buy the best chicken you can find, preferably organic. One brand we like after using it on the set of Project Smoke is Smart Chicken. This Nebraska-based company was the first chicken producer in the country to sell a product that is certified organic by the NPO (National Organic Program) and certified humane by HFAC (Humane Farm Animal Care). The birds are cage-free and free range and eat only non-GMO grains. You can purchase chicken directly from the company or select retailers.
  • Smart Chickens are hand-cut and trimmed. But mechanically separated supermarket birds often present loose pieces of cartilage at the joints—bits that can be a choking hazard. Please remove any you find with poultry shears or a sharp knife. Also be on the lookout for pinfeathers the pluckers may have missed. Remove them with paper towels or kitchen tweezers. Read full article here.

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks Are Moist And Flavorful

Like chicken thighs, legs are a dark meat that consists of more fat than white meat. Legs look like large drumsticks and have a stronger flavor than its white meat counterpart. They are also the perfect cut of meat to smoke if you are on a time crunch and can’t smoke an entire bird.

You will love biting through the crunchy skin to bite into this smoked chicken drumstick recipe that can be smoked in just under 3 hours. Many people love to use a dipping sauce with these delicious smoked drumsticks. Try them with ranch, BBQ sauce, teriyaki, or a buffalo sauce for a added flavors here: (888) 556-8121.

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