Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters


Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters


Ingredients

6 chicken leg quarters
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
1 tsp black pepper or to taste
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp Ancho chile powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper optional, adjust the amount to taste
1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil for rubbing
1/2 cup cooking oil for frying; or butter

Instructions

Preheat smoker to 275F at the grate level.
Rub the chicken with oil and evenly sprinkle the seasonings on both sides of each leg quarter. Get some seasonings under the skin. Pat down to make the seasonings stick.
In a large cast iron skillet, heat 1/2 cup of cooking oil, or butter, over medium-high heat. In two batches, sear the chicken quarters, about 2 minutes per side or until the skin is golden brown.
Transfer the chicken to the smoker, skin side up.
Smoke at 275F for about 1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 185F to 190F.
Remove the chicken from the smoker, let rest for 3 minutes and serve with your favorite side dish.