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Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Smoked chicken drumsticks are the best for making finger-licking delicious party food for BBQs! Learn how to make juicy smoked chicken legs BBQ style.



  • 8 brined chicken drumsticks
  • Salt and pepper
  • Apple or cherry wood chips


  1. For a very basic brining method, check out my How To Brine Chicken article.
  2. Preheat the Char-Broil Big Easy Smoker on the High setting and fill the smoking box with wood chips.
  3. Wait for 10 minutes until the chips begin to smoke, then change the heat setting to Low.
  4. Arrange the chicken drumsticks on the top and bottom shelf of the wire basket and place in smoker.
  5. Close lid and cook until the chicken’s internal temperature is 75°C (165°F). This takes about 30-35 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken from the smoker and wrap the chicken in foil, letting it rest for about 20 minutes before eating.


  • To cook the chicken evenly, halfway through the cooking time you can place the bottom pieces in the top shelf and vice versa.
  • I preferred using the low setting because cooking meat can sometimes lead to rubbery/tough textures.
  • The cooking might differ from the above because it depends on the size of the chicken and heat setting you use. For best results, use a meat thermometer!
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 344
  • Sugar: 5.8 g
  • Sodium: 136 mg
  • Fat: 21.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 31.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 143 mg