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Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

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These Smoked Chicken Drumsticks are tender & juicy.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ
Servings 6 People


  • BBQ Grill (or Smoker)
  • Tray
  • Mesquite Smoking Wood
  • Instant read thermometer (Remote thermometer)
  • BBQ tongs


  • 4 1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks 12 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked Paprika


Prep Chicken Drumsticks

  • Unpack the chicken drumsticks and pat them dry with paper towels
  • Coat the drumsticks with olive oil
  • Place them on a tray

Add Smoked Chicken Rub

  • Make the dry rub: combine salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and smoked Paprika in a small bowl
  • Sprinkle the dry rub on the drumsticks
  • Place them in the refrigerator

Preheat BBQ & Cook

  • Preheat BBQ or smoker to 250 degrees F
  • Set up for indirect cooking method
  • Add 2 mesquite wood chunks
  • Put the drumsticks on the preheated BBQ
  • Close the lid and smoke for 45-minutes
  • Check the drumsticks at 45-minutes, if you do not have a remote thermometer
  • If using an instant-read thermometer you will need to check internal temperature occasionally during the final half of the cook
  • Cook approximately another 45 - 55 minutes, until the internal temperature of 175 degrees F is reached
  • Remove the chicken drumsticks. Rest for 5-minutes
  • Serve and Enjoy!
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