Chicken Drumsticks on the Smoker

Chicken Drumsticks on the Smoker

Learn how to easily make chicken drumsticks on the smoker. Smoked chicken is one of my favorite meals that is super easy! If you have been using a smoker for any length of time, then you have probably learned by now how easy it is to make deliciously tender meat.

chicken legs


  • 1 lb Chicken Drumsticks (about 4 legs)
  • 2 tsp Lemon and Pepper Seasoning Blend
  • 2 tsp Creole Seasoning Blend


  1. Preheat the smoker to 275, making sure it is full of pellets. See note for best pellets to use when smoking chicken.
  2. Lay the chicken on a plate and pat dry using a paper towel.
  3. Evenly spread out the seasonings on all the drumsticks.
  4. Place the drumsticks on the smoker and close the lid.
  5. Check the drumsticks internal temperature occasionally throughout the cooking time. Make sure they don't over cook. It will take 1.5 to 2 hours.
  6. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  7. Place on a glass plate and cover with foil. Let the drumsticks rest for about ten minutes before serving. Enjoy!

chicken drumsticks


How long does it take to cook drumsticks on the smoker?

At 275 degrees it will take about 1.5 to two hours. It is important to use a meat thermometer to ensure proper temperature of doneness without overcooking the chicken. The drumsticks need to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

Easy sides to make on the smoker? 

Baked potatoes and chopped veggies is my go to because it will all cook at the same temperature and for the same amount of time. Big win, a healthy dinner that I can throw on the smoker with little prep and then walk away from to do other things.

chicken on the smoker

Why is the chicken still pink after smoking on the pellet grill?

When you cook chicken over a longer and slower period of time the myoglobin doesn't fully break down causing a pink tint in the meat. This doesn't mean the chicken is undercooked. If the internal temperature is 165 degrees throughout then the chicken is ready to eat.

Should I rest the chicken before serving?

Yes, you should allow your chicken drumsticks to rest about five to ten minutes before serving. Just like any other good cut of meat, chicken needs a chance to rest before serving. Resting allows the juices to redistribute throughout after cooking thus yielding a more tender and juicy chicken drumstick.

chicken on the smoker

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