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Test Kitchen Approved

Sweet & Smoky Chicken

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen


4 servings

Prep Time

2 Hours 15 Minutes

Cooking Time

45 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

A brown sugar brine makes every bite of these easy, smoked chicken legs juicy and dripping with flavor.


1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

2 cups water

2 cups ice

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken leg quarters

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup seasoning of choice:

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In a medium pot, dissolve brown sugar and salt in water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat and add ice, stirring until melted. Pour mixture into a medium bowl and add chicken leg quarters, submerging them in the brine. Chill for 2 to 3 hours up to overnight. Preheat smoker to 300 degrees. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry. Rub chicken all over with oil and coat with seasoning of choice. Smoke chicken for 40 to 50 min. until internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees.