How To Make Brined and Smoked Chicken Legs On The Traeger

Its early in the morning and you are craving something, but you just can’t quite figure out what IT is.  We know what it is… It’s Smoked Chicken Legs.  Try this recipe on your Traeger, you won't regret it!

How To Make Brined and Smoked Chicken Legs On The Traeger

Yield: 6 people

Prep time: 10 Minutes plus brine time

Cook time: 35-45 minutes cooking time


Measure   Ingredient                                                        

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

  • See above for ALL prep instructions
  • Mix the BBQ Sauces together and add the Blue Cheese.
  • 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. Preparation:
  • 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
  • After 6-8 hours, remove chicken from brine, do not rinse.
  • Place the chicken legs into the Kingsford Grill Pan SKU 8463135, Rub legs with Rub a Dub seasonings and let sit for 10 minutes
  • Turn Traeger grill to 180 degrees, load your RESERVE BLEND PELLETS and let pre-heat
  • Place chicken in the Traeger Wing and Leg Rack (SKU 8464281) and smoke at 180 for 45 minutes.
  • Turn up heat to 400 degrees and roast them, to finish — about 45 minutes.
  • Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove from smoker and let rest
  • Serve wings with the BBQ Blue Cheese Sauce
  • Serve with a napkin, or 4

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Published: 3/2/2020