Smoked Chicken Legs with Qview.

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by rbranstner, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well I picked up 30  chicken legs a while back on sale for $.99lb and they were getting a bit freezer burnt so I figured I better smoke them up. I made up a type of brine/marinade and soaked them over night. Basically water, salt, and a bunch of spices. I smoked them the following day for around 4.5 hours at around 200-245 degrees. Its hard to keep my little propane smoker at lower temps but it works perfect for chicken legs. I might have  to install a needle valve on it some day.

    The legs in my stock pot waiting for the liquid.


    Here are my ingredients for my brine/marinade.


    Here is the liquid.


    Legs out of the brine and waiting to go on the smoker.


    Smoker all loaded  and the AMNS going at the bottom.


    Here they are all done and cooling. I will package most of these up for snacks when we are fishing  or for whatever. We just love these things.

  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice batch of legs, Ross!

  3. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those are some sweet sweet legs! 
  4. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You should toss them on a hot grill for a few minutes if you like eating the skin. Crisp them up real good. [​IMG]
  5. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look perfect and made me very hungry for chicken legs
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They look great Ross... [​IMG]

    I see you are a leg man...LOL
  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I love these just the way they are. If I was eating them for a meal or something then I would do that. These are just for snacks and the skin is my favorite part. Some don't agree with me but hey then I get to eat their skin. haha
  8. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Good looking stack of legs! 
  9. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice legs ross..........and good idea on gettin' other's skin!
  10. Those are some good looking chicken legs. I never brine mine. I just put rub on top of and under the skin. Does the brine make a big difference? Do you brine for about 8-10 hours?

  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job Ross. Looks like they are mighty tasty from here
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good Ross! Great job!
  13. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh man it sure  does add a load of different flavor. If I was going to be eating these for a main course for a meal I don't know that I would brine them like this I would do like you said but when you are eating them one or two at a time I just can't get enough of them and I love the flavor. I brought some with fishing last year and finally got my buddy to try one. He didn't like the idea of eating the leg cold but once he ate one he ate the whole bag. I don't think I got a taste even. We eat them cold right out of the fridge for a snack. My dad use to make these when I was a kid and that's probably why I love them so much. I have tweaked his recipe but basically it's the same as when he made it. Lots of salt in this recipe. Probably to much. You basically add enough salt to float a raw egg. Oh well I don't eat them very often so a little extra salt won't hurt me. No sense fixing something that isn't broke.

    Oh and yes I like to brine them for 12-24 hours.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011
  14. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL, you must have some strong teeth. [​IMG]

    Alittle to rubbery for me, but I know the chicken is still good. I actually try to avoid eating the skin totally, but sometimes it is so hard. [​IMG]
  15. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow those are really making me want to go get some chicken
  16. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

  17. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'm glad I saw this thread, it inspired me. I just saw that my local store has chicken 1/4s on sale for $.99/lb. I think I'll stock up as well.
  18. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks it looooks yame .what did you put in the brine ? i am going to put 2 birds in brine tonight[​IMG]  and smoke them for the weekend.

    you made me hungry  

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