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Sliced Smoked Chicken leg

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks on a Pellet Grill

Chicken drumsticks are seasoned with a dry rub and smoked at 325F with hickory until an internal temperature of 170F is reached. The smoked chicken legs can be coated with barbecue sauce if desired.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 350 kcal


  • 2 lbs chicken legs
  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup seasoned salt Morton's or Lawry's
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp white sugar


  • Combine the seasonings (paprika, salt, pepper, chili powder, sugar) and mix well.
  • Liberally season the chicken legs and allow the rub to soak into the drumsticks for 30 minutes.
  • Set your pellet smoker to 325F. Use Hickory or Pecan Pellets
  • Smoke for approximately 45 minutes until an internal temperature of 170F is reached.
  • Sauce the legs if desired.


A sweet barbecue sauce such as Sweet Baby Ray's is usually a fan favorite on smoked chicken legs.
This technique will work for any pellet grill such as Traeger, Z Grills, Pit Boss, etc. 
Keyword smoked chicken drumsticks, smoked chicken legs