Charm of Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks offer a delectable and savory experience, combining a moist, tender inside with a crispy, smoky exterior. These irresistible drumsticks are immersed in a unique mixture of seasonings and herbs, creating an array of flavors that dance on the palate. Gently smoked over a bed of wood chips, the chicken acquires an attractive amber-brown color and an unmistakable scent, making it a must-try for barbecue enthusiasts. Ideal for outdoor events, social gatherings, or cozy family meals, Smoked Chicken Drumsticks provide a flexible and gratifying meal option that will delight all who partake.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tamari sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Wood chips for smoking (apple or hickory chips recommended)

Instructions:

  1. In a sizable bowl, combine the extra virgin olive oil, tamari sauce, maple syrup, crushed garlic, smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried rosemary, dried basil, freshly ground black pepper, coarse sea salt, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  2. Immerse the chicken drumsticks in the marinade, making sure they are evenly coated. Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour, or up to 8 hours for optimal flavor infusion.
  3. Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C) and soak the wood chips in water for 30 minutes before smoking.
  4. Gently remove the drumsticks from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip away. Position them on the smoker grates, maintaining some distance between each piece.
  5. Smoke the chicken drumsticks for approximately 2 hours, or until an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) is reached. Add extra wood chips as necessary to maintain a consistent smoke level throughout the process.
  6. After cooking, take the drumsticks off the smoker and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 325 kcal
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 775 mg

Note: Nutritional values may differ based on the specific ingredients used. The provided information is intended as a general reference and should not be considered exact.