Easy Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

Drumsticks absorb the smoke flavor nicely and also do not dry out, making them one of my favorite cuts to smoke. They also don't need babysitting, so you can throw them on and go about doing other things.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
10 servings


  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • ½ tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed

  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks


  1. Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, parsley, mustard, and celery seed in a small bowl. Stir until evenly combined. Lay drumsticks on a clean work surface and rub all sides with the spice mixture.

  2. Preheat an electric smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  3. Lay drumsticks directly on the smoker racks and smoke for 2 1/2 hours.

Cook's Note:

I like to use a mixture of apple and hickory wood chips for these, but feel free to use the wood chips of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
7g Fat
1g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 674mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 259mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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