Smoked & Savory Chicken Drumsticks on the Rack

If you’re BBQing on a budget, look no further than chicken drumsticks. They’re some of the cheapest protein at your grocery store or butcher and they are PACKED with flavor. If you smoke them right, they’ll please a crowd and make you look like a seasoned pro! This recipe is our smoked & savory chicken drumsticks – they have a phenomenal texture to them with the perfect bite mixed with an amazing flavor that’ll satisfy the pickiest of palates. The best part of this recipe: IT’S EASY!


  • Eight chicken drumsticks
  • A chicken rack
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp granulated orange peel


We’re going to cook this one low and slow. We want the rub to really meld with the meat and create an amazing flavor profile.

  • Set your smoker to 225
  • Pat your drumsticks dry
  • Rub them with your seasoning
  • Place them on your chicken rack in the smoker
  • Let it smoke for 30 minutes
  • Crank smoker up to 400
  • Run smoker until drumsticks reach 180 internal temp
  • Remove from smoker

By increasing the temperature of the grill at the end, we are crisping up the skin to create the perfect bite when you and your guests dive in; enjoy!


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