Smoked Bone-In Chicken

Smoked Bone-In Chicken

15 mins
3 hrs

These Smoked Bone-In Chicken legs are coated in a homemade sweet and spicy seasoning. Then they’re smoked in our Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker with a couple of wood chunks for great smoky flavor. Serve these chicken legs with your favorite barbecue sauce for rave reviews at your next outdoor gathering.

The Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker features a handy remote control, viewing window and internal light. With 3 racks and lots of space, you can smoke ribs, chicken, turkey and pork butt with ease.


For the Chicken

  • 3-4 pounds whole chicken legs, bone-in, skin-on
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2-3 wood chunks

For the Seasoning

  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1/3 cup golden brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika

Ingredient Tips

Bone-In Chicken
Contrary to popular opinion, the bone does not make the meat more flavorful. It does protect the meat and helps to keep it moist and juicy.
There are a number of varieties of paprika and they range in flavor from sweet and mild to pungent and hot. Most grocery stores carry mild paprika. You’ll find the more pungent variety at ethnic and gourmet markets.


Step 1 Of 8
Load the smoker box with your favorite flavor of wood chips . Set smoker temperature to 225°F.
In a medium-size bowl, combine chili powder, brown sugar, salt, pepper, mustard, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.
Place chicken legs on a sheet pan. Apply melted butter to each leg, both under and on top of the skin.
Once coated with butter, liberally apply seasoning to all sides of chicken legs.
Place chicken legs on the center rack of the smoker.
Smoke the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Remove chicken legs from smoker and rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
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