Saturday, August 8, 2020

Smoked Chicken Quarters + Video

Smoked chicken quarters are juicy and tender on the inside with crispy skin on the outside. Make this smoker recipe using any type of smoker!

Smoked chicken quarters on a plate with corn on the cob

Cooking smoked chicken leg quarters in your smoker is such an easy thing to do. I am really enjoying using my smoker more this summer.

The final result is a delicious smoked flavor that just cannot be beaten.

Have you had a chance to try any of my other smoker recipes? These smoked baked beans with bacon are the perfect side dish and can be made with any smoker.

smoked chicken leg quarters spices 

Recipe Tips for Smoked Chicken Quarters

For even more flavor, sear the chicken leg quarters in butter before you place them in the smoker. The final result will be richer and will result in a darker color.

Always let the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes when you remove it from the smoker. This lets the juices settle evenly in the meat.

The result is tender, juicy chicken. Remember that the internal temperature will continue to go up 10 to 15 degrees as it rests.

Perfect serving suggestions for these smoked chicken quarters include my Ranch Mashed Potato Salad which is the perfect easy summer side dish.

Or, my Best Ever Southern Style Potato Salad is a rich and creamy summer salad that tastes like home to me.

And, these Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite ways to enjoy Brussels sprouts.

If you want more grilling recipes for your chicken, you might want to try my Garlic Beer Grilled Chicken. It uses a simple marinade with fresh ingredients.

Or, this Grilled Margarita Chicken has a fantastic flavor with subtle hints of sweetness and a little kick from the jalapeno.

smoked chicken recipe chicken rubbed with seasoning 

How to measure internal temperature of chicken pieces

To check the internal temperature of smoked chicken quarters, put the tip of the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken.

But, be sure that the thermometer doesn't touch the bone. Then, look at the display to see the lowest number that it reads.

That number is the internal temperature of your chicken.

The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 165°F for all chicken and poultry to be done.

However, for extra tender fall off the bone chicken quarters, let them cook until the internal temperature reaches 180°-190°F.

It's definitely worth a few extra minutes for the end result.

Tools needed

You will need the following to make this recipe.

smoked chicken quarters on the smoker

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does it take to smoke chicken leg quarters? 

The length of time it takes to make this smoked chicken recipe will depend on the temperature your smoker is set to.

  • At 225°F degrees, you should smoke the chicken leg quarters for four hours.
  • If smoking at 275°F, you will need to cook your chicken for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • At 300°F, you should smoke the chicken leg quarters for one hour and 45 minutes.

smoked chicken recipe on a baking sheet to serve

What type of wood chips are best for smoked chicken? 

The type of wood chips you use will contribute to the flavor of your smoked chicken quarters. It's important to keep that in mind when making your choice.

Using a fruit wood like apple, cherry or peach will give your chicken a slightly sweet, fruity taste.

For a true southern barbecue taste, opt for hickory which is traditional for smoking. Or, maple results in a mild, sweet flavor that's popular as well.

Finally, if you enjoy a strong, smoky flavor when you smoke meats, you can use mesquite. Using mesquite will result in the strongest flavor when smoking.

My personal preference is to use a more subtle wood like apple when smoking chicken. Experiment to see which flavor is your favorite.

smoked chicken quarters on a plate  

Is it necessary to marinate the chicken? 

No, you don't need to marinate the chicken when you make smoked chicken quarters. I use a seasoning rub that you will work into the skin.

The result is a smoky, sweet flavor that is absolutely delicious.

If you would prefer to marinate your chicken instead of using this rub, you can do that as well.

Just place the chicken in a dish, add your favorite marinade, and cover it with plastic wrap. Let the whole thing sit overnight in the refrigerator before smoking.

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

smoked chicken leg quarters being served

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smoked chicken quarters on a white plate with corn on the cob and a fork 


Watch us make the Smoked Chicken Quarters recipe

Check out the recipe video to see the entire process of making smoked chicken quarters from start to finish.


Yield: 6
Author: Donna Elick
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Smoked Chicken Quarters

Smoked Chicken Quarters

Smoked chicken quarters are juicy and tender on the inside with crispy skin on the outside. Make this smoker recipe using any type of smoker!
Prep time: 2 Minutes Cook time: 3 Hours Total time: 3 Hours & 2 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 pounds chicken leg quarters
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (aka course)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the smoker to 275°F. Pat the chicken leg quarters down with paper towels to get any excess liquid off, lay them out on a sheet tray or work surface.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the chipotle powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, coarse sugar, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, and pepper. Generously rub the chicken leg quarters with the spice mix, try to get under the skin if you can.
  3. Place the leg quarters directly onto the smoker grates. Smoke for 2-3 hours. Chicken is ready when an internal temperature reaches 165°F. However, for extra tender fall off the bone chicken quarters, let them cook until an internal temperature reaches 180°-190°F
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. At 225°F degrees, you should smoke the chicken leg quarters for four hours.
    If smoking at 275°F, you will need to cook your chicken for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
    At 300°F, you should smoke the chicken leg quarters for one hour and 45 minutes.


Originally published August 2020

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1 comment:

  1. Is this able to be done in the oven? I don't own a smoker

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