Doing Chicken Legs this weekend.

Discussion in 'ECB Owners Group' started by mike65, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    1st time I did chicken it was awful - no taste , rubber skin etc.  

    Will be attempting chicken legs this weekend on the smoker.   Any tips I should follow so it comes out good?
  2. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    As far as the rubbery skin all you can do is finish them on the grill at higher heats to crisp up the skin. Good luck and keep us posted!
  3. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    Brine them.  Something like 2 tbls vinegar, 3 tbls kosher salt, maybe some onion and garlic powder,  then some kick, red pepper, cayenne or tabasco, heck all three if you really like fire.  Mix it in a gallon of water, soak chicken 3-5 hours.

    I've been doing them at 250, but I'm going to go up to 275-300 next time I do them, still looking for that perfect skin.  
  4. mike65

    mike65 Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the ideas - nap won over smoking chicken legs.[​IMG]      Maybe a next weekend smoke.
  5. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    Oh yeah, skip the water pan completely!
  6. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That will allow you higher temps. Pretty much will be just grilling then though. I like to put them thru a lower temp to take on some smoke, then raise the temps if you can into the 290º to crisp up the skin.

    Last edited: Aug 17, 2013
  7. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    That looks like some good chicken!

    I've been doing okay just holding 250ish.  But the skin doesn't quite have the snap I'm looking for.  When I bite into it, it breaks, but I get much bigger chunks than a bites worth.  

    I like your idea of smoking then raising the temps up.  I'm definitely going to give that a whirl next time I do chicken.  
  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     If the smoker cannot reach the proper temps fire up the charcoal grill or gasser if need be.

    Out of the smoker

    After the grill.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2013
  9. hardwater

    hardwater Smoke Blower

    Perfection! [​IMG]

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