I don't think I've seen anyone do it so I thought I'd share my favorite method to smoke chicken quarters, legs or thighs. Basically, I apply my favorite dry rub, then sear them in oil for until golden brown and slightly crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side, then smoke until good color and 185F internal. I like how the skin is never rubbery and tough, instead, it's tender and breaks easily. I use the same method to make oven-roasted chicken, it's always a hit. In the oven, I bake at 400F, so the skin comes out very crispy. In the smoker, it's more soft than crispy due to lower cooking temperature, but it's never rubbery or tough. Here are some pics for you guys.
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