Chicken Leg Racks - Tried Out 2 Different Styles

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by jeffed76, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    So chicken is my favorite thing to smoke.  With 4 kids & a wife, I smoke a lot of chicken on a weekly basis. I found two different styles of chicken leg racks at the store and of course had to try them both out.  I really like the racks because it allows me to maximize my grilling area. Here are my opinions on them:

    1.  Upside down rack - I like the this rack because the finished product looks nicer.  The only issue is that they are hard to mop and some of the smaller legs fall out of the holders.  Another upside to this setup is that it can potentially hold more legs.  Legs can be placed the in open spaces seen below, but it would defiantly get crowded and would probably make a negative impact on the presentation.

    2. Right side up rack - When the legs are done being cooked they are not near as pretty as the upside down rack.  The meat of the leg is missing that tasty crisp look.  The upside to this rig is that the legs are super easy to mop and it doubles as a stuffed jalapenos rack (I have not doubt it started as a jalapeno rack).  It will hold up to 18 wings, but it gets pretty crowded.

    If you guys have any thoughts or different chicken leg rigs please post.


  2. Legs Look great Jeff.

    Happy smoken.

  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good. The up-right one looks like an ABT holder.[​IMG]
  4. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      For the upright racks I think I would trim for lollipop legs and smoke at a higher temp to get the skin done.

  5. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  6. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    This is a total nube question, but does that mean you trim everything off of the bone? I'm going to have to try that.
  7. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I use a upside down rack and love it.
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have several of the upside down racks and used to use them all the time in my Gas Smoker. They are to big to fit in my Mini-WSM. I always liked the way the legs turned out. Mopping wasn't that big of a deal since I very rarely sauce ours. When I do I only sauce right at the end. I pull them off sauce them and put them on a hot grill to finish. I guess another option is to take them off, dip in sauce and re-hang.
  9. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

  10. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Yep, I was thinking of mopping the outside and then spinning the drumstick....I like the hanging holder. 
  11. ghostred7

    ghostred7 Smoke Blower

    That's what I do.  I always do 50/50 "hot & not."  I have a bowl that I've used to toss wings, etc that I usually have filled with my "mop" sauce.  I'll pull them off the rack, dip em, and quickly put it back on there.

    I couldn't find another upside down I'll be doing both ways today.  The idea about the lollipop ones in the ABT/right-side-up one is awesome and I'm trying that tonight for the hot half (queue Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs" here).
  12. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    Make sure to post pics of those lollipop chicks!

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