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Chicken leg quarters were on sale at 99 cents/lb

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Went to the local grocer last Friday and they had Foster Farms chicken leg quarters on sale at 99 cents / lb with 4 in a bulk pack.  For $4 for the bulk pack, what the heck.

 

Brought them home and brined them for 18 hours in 8 cups water, 1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup molasses, and 1/2 cup brown sugar.   The molasses turns them a funky color before they are cooked but it really makes a difference.

 

On Saturday afternoon I dumped the brine, dried them off, then sprinkled with McCormick Sweet and Smoky, my go-to commercial rub when I don't want to make my own.

 

Fired up the Weber with Kingsford Blue Bag, mesquite, and hickory then dry smoked them for 2 hours at 275-290F.  Internal temp was 172 then I glazed them with Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ sauce spiked with Kentucky bourbon and apricot-pineapple preserves.  Cooked for 20 more minutes until the sauce was carmelized nicely. 

 

Foster Farms got a bad rap here recently due to Salmonella, but I cooked mine to the proper temp so we had no problems at all.  Delicious.

 

Before, during, and after shots below.

 

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Looks great!! I love leg quarters, they're cheap and really tasty.
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