Brined and Smoked Chicken Legs

Brined & Smoked Chicken Legs

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Brined and Smoked Chicken Legs

  • Yield: 6 people
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes plus brine time
  • Cook time: 35-45 minutes cooking time


Measure   Ingredient                                                                                     Prep Notes      

  • 2.5 lbs          Chicken Legs, Fresh
  • ½  Pkg          Bayou Brine, 5280 Culinary                                     Follow package directions
  • ¼ Cup          Rub A Dub, 5280 Culinary                                                   Season to taste
  • ¾  Cup         Low Country BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary
  • ¾  Cup         High Altitude BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary
  • ¾  Cup         Blue Cheese, Crumbles


** Adjust seasoning to taste preference, use Oink, Bayou Dust, Rub A Dub, Garden, Thai Mojito or Prime Rib Rub A Dub.  They all offer a great flavor and a different flavor  **                           


Prep Directions:

  1. See above for ALL prep instructions
  2. Mix the BBQ Sauces together and add the Blue Cheese.
  3. Mix well, keep refrigerated and serve on the plate with the chicken leg.
    • A Great dipping sauce

Cooking Directions:

Roll out your Traeger and get to smoking! Follow this simple recipe to get delicious, smoked chicken legs.


  1. Using Bayou Brine, brine chicken in a bucket for 6-8 hours in your fridge (One package Bayou Brine will handle 16 pounds of chicken)
    • Brine directions (according to Bayou Brine instructions): Bring two quarts of water to a boil and stir in seasoning blend.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring to dissolve seasonings and to activate spices – about 5 minutes.  Cool and combine with 2 gallons of ice water in a large plastic bucket
  2. After 6-8 hours, remove chicken from brine, do not rinse.
  3. Place the chicken legs into the Kingsford Grill Pan, Rub legs with Rub a Dub seasonings and let sit for 10 minutes
  4. Turn Traeger grill to 180 degrees, load your RESERVE BLEND PELLETS and let pre-heat
  5. Place chicken in the Traeger Wing and Leg Rack and smoke at 180 for 45 minutes.
  6. Turn up heat to 400 degrees and roast them, to finish — about 45 minutes.
  7. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove from smoker and let rest
  8. Serve wings with the BBQ Blue Cheese Sauce
  9. Serve with a napkin, or 4

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Published: 1/29/2020