Smoked BBQ Chicken Legs #CookoutWeek

Smoked BBQ Chicken Legs - Triple Chocolate Kitchen

It wouldn’t be #CookoutWeek without some kind of BBQ chicken recipe. It’s one of my favorite meals! I remember when I was a kid, the last day of the summer camp I attended would always feature a BBQ chicken dinner.

They’d start the wood going really early in the day, and by 5 or 6, all the campers and their parents would be drooling from the smell!

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These smoked BBQ chicken legs are so yummy! We don’t have an actual smoker, so we just made a makeshift smoker box for our gas grill. Here’s how you do it:

  • Soak your wood chips for 60 minutes (we used apple wood, but cherry would also be great).
  • Use a nail or screwdriver to hammer a bunch of holes in the bottom of foil pan.
  • Add the woodchips, cover with tin foil, and poke more holes.
  • Turn on burners on one side of your grill and place the homemade smoker box over it.
  • Once you start seeing smoke (5-10 minutes), add your meat to the other side of the grill.
  • Close the lid and resist the urge to peak more than 1-2 times per hour. You don’t want to let out too much smoke!

Once we smoked these chicken legs for a few hours, we slathered on some of the best BBQ sauce I’ve ever tasted and finished them over medium heat on the grill.

I’m not exaggerating about the BBQ sauce either. I’m usually not a huge fan of sauces and would rather have rubs, but oh baby. This stuff is so good!!!

bbq sauce

It was sent to me by True Made Foods, one of our #CookoutWeek sponsors. The really cool thing about True Made Foods products is that they use vegetables to make their products taste better and naturally sweeten them. The BBQ sauces has carrots, squash and spinach, but you’d never guess it. And… not only are you sneaking some veggies into your meal, but you also have a sauce made with less sugar.

Plus, this company is veteran-founded, which I love. My fiance Jeffrey is a vet himself, so we always like to support other former members of the military as they start small businesses.

But I have to be honest… vet or not, we won’t buy your product unless it tastes good.

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Well, our bottle of True Made Foods BBQ sauce is almost empty, and we will absolutely be ordering more! I’ve been putting it on everything. I’m totally too wimpy for their hot sauce, but the True Made Foods ketchup is also delicious. I seriously cannot believe it is healthier than what is on the market. It just goes to show you… real, nutritious food tastes good!

Okay, I’ve done enough gushing about this BBQ sauce. Here’s the chicken recipe:


Smoked BBQ Chicken Legs #CookoutWeek

The perfect, easy BBQ chicken recipe for any summer cookout


  • Chicken legs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce we recommend True Made Foods!


  1. Sprinkle the chicken legs with salt and pepper and smoke for 2 hours.
  2. Slather the chicken legs with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  3. Grill over medium-low heat for 10 minutes on each side, or until done.
  4. Brush on more BBQ sauce before serving if desired.

Recipe Notes

Don't forget that your wood chips will need about 1 hour to soak in water before you start smoking. If you don't have a smoker or smoker box for your grill, simply use a foil pan with holes poked in it. Place the box over low heat and place your chicken on the other side of the grill (not turned on). Remove the smoker box from the grill and turn the grill up to medium heat to start the final grilling stage.

And don’t forget to check out what everyone else is cooking up today for #CookoutWeek:

Plus, enter our cookout-themed giveaway here!

Thank you again to True Made Foods for sending me samples of their products to try. They’ve found a loyal customer with me!

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