Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

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These smoky chicken drumsticks are so versatile and easy! I like to use applewood chips or other fruit woods, but maple is also a great choice. Use your favorite BBQ rub. Letting the drumsticks air dry in the refrigerator overnight, combined with a higher smoking temperature, helps prevent rubbery skin that is common when smoking chicken. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce, if desired.


  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup BBQ rub


Remove drumsticks from packaging and place on a rack over a drip tray or baking sheet. Air dry in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight.

Preheat an electric smoker to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Add wood chips according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Brush drumsticks lightly with vegetable oil. Place drumsticks in a resealable plastic bag and sprinkle with the rub. Toss to coat evenly.

Place drumsticks on the rack in the smoker. Smoke until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 2 hrs.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cook time: 2 hrs
Total time: 10 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 12 – Yield: 12 drumsticks



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