Smoked Chicken Lollipops With Cola BBQ Sauce

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30 mins
2 hrs 30 min
8-10

These Smoked Chicken Lollipops with Cola BBQ Sauce are bite-size treats that pack a punch of flavor, putting a smoky twist on this sweet and savory finger food. We cooked them in our Digital Electric Smoker with hickory wood chips, but you can make them just as easily on whatever smoker you have.

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.

Ingredients

For the Chicken Lollipops

  • 24 chicken legs
  • 1 cup hickory wood chips

For the Rub

  • 5 tablespoons cayenne hot sauce
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/5 cup garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons oregano
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt

For the Cola BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup cola
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Step 1 Of 8
1
Preheat for smoker at 250°F.
2
Using a sharp chef’s knife, cut the skin all the way around the chicken leg about 1 ½ to 2 inches below the knuckle. Remove the skin that covers the bone and you will have lollipop-shaped chicken legs with built-in handles.
3
Load hickory wood chips into your smoker box and slide the smoker box into place.
4
Combine cayenne hot sauce, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic powder, oregano, pepper and salt in a medium-size bowl. Then dip each chicken leg into the mixture, coating them evenly.
Hot Tip
To prevent the bones from turning black during cooking, cover the exposed bones with a small piece of aluminum foil.
5
Place the chicken lollipops in your smoker directly on the racks (12 per rack). Insert temperature probe into a chicken leg that is located in the center of the lower rack.
6
Smoke until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 2 hours.
Hot Tip
To check the internal temperature, insert the tip of an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the meat so that the tip does not touch bone.
7
Mix cola, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, onion powder and pepper in a medium-size saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes.
8
Serve these chicken lollipops with some Ultimate Chili Cheese Nachos and Grilled Maple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers .
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