Chicken leg quarters

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by breakaway, May 5, 2011.

  1. I'm using a UniFlame gas grill and I will have about 40lbs of chicken leg quarters to grill next week. I need some tips on how to do this and turn out top notch chicken. Any and all help will be appreciated. Yes I'm a newbie but I'm willing to learn.
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Just type chicken quarters in the search box and a bunch of recipes will come up. Which ever recipe you choose I would definitely brine them first.
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Regardless of how you cook/smoke/grill the chicken parts, do consider brining. There are plenty of good brine recipes here, just check the Wiki section for recipes. save the planet... it's all good my friend.
  4. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

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    I agree with brining but I also found You can also make delicious chicken by placing the chicken in a large zip lock and add rub to coat the chicken and set in the fridge for a few days moving the chicken around about twice a day. I use john Henry's pecan rub from Texas or I use Jeff's rub. You can also marinate the chicken is a sauce... I use George's or Dillard's BBQ sauce..... I smoke at 275 degrees with hickory. If your grill doesn't have smoking capabilities i would suggest a A-Maze-N-Smoker... You will be able to hot and cold smoke

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    Last edited: May 6, 2011
  5. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'm partial to the rub in a bag method myself.  It also works great for wings.
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member


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  7. I'm smoking 10 pounds of chicken quarters tomorrow would like to wet brine using Tender Quick don't know how much to use.
  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  9. I have yet to make successful smoked chicken using my electric smoker.  Like everyone the skin turns out rubbery.  I see where it is suggested to raise the temperature between 250-300 to get the chicken crisp.  Does that work for most of you? 

    Usually when smoking chicken with skin such as leg quarters, I just use my grill.  But I don't get as good a smoke when using my Smokin-It 3D.

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