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Smoked Leg Quarters

Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters

  • Author: Kim Seghers
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 Hours 50 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 leg quarters 1x


Delicious juicy Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters smoked on a Traeger Grill to perfection. 



  • 8 leg quarters
  • 1 bottle marinade (we used Lawry’s Zatarain’s Cajun) 
  • Traeger pork & chicken rub
  • Apple BBQ Hardwood Pellets 
  • 1 cup of water or apple juice (we used apple juice) 



  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  2. Marinade chicken in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. (we marinade our chicken overnight) 
  3. Once chicken is marinated, sprinkle both sides with the rub.  
  4. Prepare the Traeger grill on smoke according to directions. Set the temperature to 225 degrees and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. 
  5. Place a small stainless steel pot of water or apple juice in the inside corner to help keep moist.
  6. Place chicken in grill skin side up with lid closed. 
  7. Smoke for 2 hours or until instant – read meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. ( insert thermometer into thickest part of the thigh, not touching the bone)
  8. Remove chicken and let rest 5 minutes before serving. (we don’t add barbecue sauce.) 
  • Category: BBQ
  • Method: Smoker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: smoked chicken, grill, traeger grill, leg quarters, barbecue, chicken, chicken recipe, apple juice , wood pellets,