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Smoked chicken drumsticks served with different kinds of Bbq sauce and pickles

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

Grab a hold of these Smoked Chicken Drumsticks with crispy skin, juicy meat, and classic barbecue flavors. These are simple to prepare, easily customizable, and incredibly affordable – it’s no wonder they are a huge hit for the crowd!

  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves about 5-6 1x




  1. Pat the drumsticks dry, and apply a generous amount of seasoning to each. Place them on a wire rack with a baking sheet in the fridge, uncovered, for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Preheat the smoker to 275°F. Remove the drumsticks from the fridge and allow them to come to room temp while the smoker warms up.
  3. Place them in the smoker when preheated, allowing them to cook for about 80-90 minutes undisturbed.
  4. If glazing, brush on the BBQ sauce when the drumsticks are about 165°F. Allow them to continue to smoke for another 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove the drumsticks when they reach about 180-185°F. They tend to be a little more crispy, falling off the bone and easier at this higher temperature.
  6. Allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes and serve.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Dry Brine: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Category: Chicken & Poultry
  • Method: Smoking
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Keywords: smoked chicken, chicken drumsticks, smoked chicken drumsticks, smoked chicken drums, chicken legs

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