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Smoked Chicken Legs - Qview


Fire Starter
Joined Apr 21, 2011
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nice and juicy!

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

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....


Master of the Pit
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Joined Feb 28, 2010
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.


Fire Starter
Joined Apr 21, 2011
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.


Meat Mopper
Joined Oct 18, 2009
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!


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


SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 22, 2009
The legs look delicious. Looks like they were done to perfection.


Fire Starter
Joined Apr 21, 2011
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.


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 18, 2007
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.


Limited Mod
Joined Jan 27, 2011
Great looking chicken legs...they sure look juicy smokey and Tasty. 


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Aug 1, 2008
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.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined May 20, 2010
Those legs look perfect!

And you say this was your first smoke? 


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Jun 5, 2009
Nice job! That is some Qview to be proud of!


Fire Starter
Joined Apr 21, 2011
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!


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 7, 2009
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



Smoke Blower
Joined May 2, 2011
Oh man, that looks so good. I hope my first smoke is anywhere near that delicious looking.

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