There are several potential benefits to eating smoked chicken drumsticks, including:

  1. High Protein: Chicken is a great source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing muscles, as well as maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails.
  2. Low in Fat: Chicken drumsticks can be a healthier alternative to red meat, as they are generally lower in fat and calories.
  3. Flavorful: Smoking chicken drumsticks can enhance their flavor and add depth to their taste profile.
  4. Versatile: Smoked chicken drumsticks can be used in a variety of dishes, from salads to tacos to stir-fries.
  5. Nutritious: Chicken is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and selenium, which are important for overall health and well-being.

However, it’s worth noting that the specific nutritional value of smoked chicken drumsticks can vary depending on factors such as how they are prepared (e.g. seasoning, marinating) and how they are served (e.g. with or without skin).

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 165 kcal


  • To make smoked chicken drumsticks, you will need the following equipment:
  • Smoker: You can use any type of smoker, such as an electric smoker, wood pellet smoker, charcoal smoker, or gas smoker.
  • Wood chips: Choose your favorite hardwood chips for smoking, such as hickory, mesquite, apple, or cherry.
  • Thermometer: Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C) for fully cooked chicken.
  • Tongs You will need tongs to handle the chicken and move it around in the smoker.
  • Basting Brush Use a basting brush to apply marinade or sauce to the chicken during the smoking process.
  • Aluminum foil You may need to wrap the chicken in foil at some point during the cooking process to prevent drying out.
  • Oven mitts You will need oven mitts to protect your hands from the heat when handling the smoker and the hot chicken.
  • Chicken drumsticks: Of course, you will need the chicken drumsticks themselves!


  • 12  chicken drumsticks
  • ¼  cup  vegetable oil, or as needed
  • ⅓  cup  BBQ rub


  • Step 1
    Put drumsticks on a rack over a trickle plate or baking sheet. Air-dry in the fridge, 8 hours to expedite.
  • Step 2
    Preheat an electric smoker to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C) and add wood chips as per producer's directions.
  • Step 3
    Brush drumsticks daintily with vegetable oil. Place drumsticks in a resealable plastic sack and sprinkle with the rub. Throw to uniformly cover.
  • Step 4
    Put drumsticks on the rack in the smoker. Smoke until chicken has arrived at an inside temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), around 2 hours.



For extra-fresh skin, you can put drumsticks under an oven, in an air fryer, or on a barbecue for 3 to 5 minutes.
Keyword chicken, Drumsticks, Smoked Chicken