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Smoked Chicken Legs - Qview

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Ok, this is my first Qview. Heck, it's my first smoke for that matter.

I used hickory chips in a foil pouch. Learned a lesson on that one lol. You need to seal the pouch and then put two or three small holes in it. I just had the top open like a slot and it was way too smokey. :)

The coals are Stubbs.

The grill is a Weber Performer w/propane ignition (22.5")


Here we are getting the coals ready using my DIY coffee can chimney. That propane starter in the Weber is perfect for this.

1 - Starting the Coals.JPG



Here's the star of the show. I coated them with EVOO and then rubbed with a mix of brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and rosemary. Basically followed an 8:2:1:1:1:1 formula which I read here somewhere.

2 - Chicken ready to go.JPG



Coals lit and laid out for the minion method. Next time I will stack more coals in, I was able to get about 240F but that was wide open. I later added more coals to the line and got to 300F and dialed it down with 80% closed bottom vent.

3 - Coals lit.JPG



This is about an hour into the cook, a good portion of that hour was ramping up to temp due to not enough coals in the line.

4 - About an hour in.JPG



And here's the finished product. About 2 1/2 hours to complete. If I had the temp up where I wanted it from the start I'm guessing 2 hours would have done it.

5 - Plate of finished chicken.JPG



Nice and juicy!

6 - Inside view.JPG



And finally, the glamor shot! Beans and creamed corn to round it all out.

7 - Presentation plate.JPG


The taste was great! The smoke came through and the rub was there in the background. :)


Thanks to everyone here that helped me directly and indirectly. I learned a lot from these forums and credit you all for my successful first smoke!


Hmmm, now where was that fatty thread I was looking at....

post #2 of 22

That's some good looking chicken. Looks like you're getting the method down, I find that 10-12 briqs lit in a chimney and allowed to ash over completely work best at getting up to temp, JM2C.

BTW my wife would go ballistic if I tried using her Pyrex baking dish as a water pan, try getting some foil pans from the dollar store instead and keep the peace.

post #3 of 22

Real nice money shot!!





post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

lol, I intended on getting a tin pan when I was at the market but forgot. She's ok with me using the pyrex as I'm the one that normally washes the heavy artillery like pans and crocks. As long as I get it clean, do what I want.

post #5 of 22

Very nicely done smoke, Teddy!  And a fine Q view on top of that!  I loved that last shot with the beans and creamed corn!!  Aw yeaaaah!


Congrats!  icon14.gif


Can't wait 'til your next Q view!  Keep 'em comin'!

post #6 of 22

The legs look delicious. Looks like they were done to perfection.

post #7 of 22

Thats some good looking chicken, but did you say way to smokey? Hmmm

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Adrian from KC View Post

Thats some good looking chicken, but did you say way to smokey? Hmmm

No, the pack I made for the chips was smoking too much, looked like ole iron sides was idling in the yard. :) I made a second one that I closed completely and poked 3 small holes in, that worked much better.

post #9 of 22

I smell what you're rollin in, TM

post #10 of 22

I love smoked chicken legs. I just made a big batch a few weeks back. They are great to snack on while fishing or whenever for that matter.


post #11 of 22

Great looking chicken legs...they sure look juicy smokey and Tasty. icon14.gif

post #12 of 22

Good job Teddy.  I think you are very close for temp control which is tricky using a kettle for smoking.  It should only get better from here on, but I don't know how much better those legs could look!


Good luck and good smoking.

post #13 of 22

Those legs look perfect!

And you say this was your first smoke?  BSmeter.gif  lol

post #14 of 22

Looks Great...

post #15 of 22


Originally Posted by raptor700 View Post

Those legs look perfect!

And you say this was your first smoke?  BSmeter.gif  lol

Hahah yeah, he looks like an old pro


post #16 of 22

Nice job! That is some Qview to be proud of! points.gif

post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone, I am really happy with the way it turned out and I'm dying for the weekend to come around again so I can go at it again!


post #18 of 22



Looks like you're getting it dialed in Teddy, there's nothing to be ashamed about with those legs they look perfect!


I made the mistake of using a Pyrex baking dish once, what a job it was to get it clean, I see we think alike on our disposable chimney starters too.


So yeah, make a fattie, ...that's sure to clinch the addiction.  LOL



post #19 of 22

Oh man, that looks so good. I hope my first smoke is anywhere near that delicious looking.

post #20 of 22

Hey Teddy nice smoke. Good looking legs for sure.

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