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The history of grilling at Kingsford is a classic American story. It all started in 1919 when Edward G. Kingsford helped Henry Ford procure a stretch of timberland to supply wood for his auto plants.

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Pellet Grill Smoked Chicken Legs

These crispy, smoked chicken legs are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your cookout, whether as an appetizer or part of your main course.

Cooking for 8 people


  • 1 flat chicken drumsticks (8–10)
  • 0.25 cup poultry seasoning or BBQ chicken rub
  • 1 cup optional: your favorite BBQ sauce

1 Food Prep

  • Evenly season the chicken legs with your favorite poultry seasoning.

2 Grill Prep

3 The Cook

  • Place the thermometer probe into the thickest part of your chicken without touching the bone, and position it at the center of your pellet grill or on an elevated shelf.
  • Smoke your chicken legs at 225°F for 1 hour. Then, increase the heat on your pellet grill to 325°F and cook your chicken legs to an internal temperature of 170°F.
  • Continue cooking your chicken legs until the skin has crisped to your desired doneness. If you plan on saucing your chicken legs, do so now by painting sauce on with a basting brush, and allowing them to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • When ready, remove your chicken legs from the grill and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

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2 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! These were absolutely fantastic! The meat was really juicy & the skin was crisp. I left the BBQ sauce on longer than the recipe indicated. I put sauce on when the temp was turned up to 325°, instead of just during the last 5 min. They didn’t burn at all. I’ll probably make these once a week!
Date published: 2023-06-01
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