Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
8 servings (serving size: 1 chicken leg-thigh quarter and 2 tablespoons sauce)

Meaty chicken leg quarters stay moister on the grill than chicken breasts and are a perfect vehicle for the sauce. The thick sauce glazes the meat, making for delightfully sticky-fingered eating. Substitute any other wood chips for hickory.

How to Make It

Step 1

Soak wood chips in water 1 hour; drain well.

Step 2

Loosen skin from thighs and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub Kansas City Dry Rub evenly under loosened skin; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Remove grill rack; set aside. Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to medium-high and leaving one side with no heat.

Step 4

Pierce bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife. Place pan on heated side of grill; add half of wood chips to pan. Place another disposable aluminum foil pan (do not pierce pan) on unheated side of grill. Pour 2 cups water in pan. Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place grill rack on grill.

Step 5

Place chicken on grill rack over foil pan on unheated side. Close lid; cook 1 1/2 hours. Add additional wood chips halfway during cooking time. Turn chicken over; cover and cook 30 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°. Remove chicken from grill; let stand 10 minutes. Remove and discard skin.

Step 6

Bring sauce to a simmer in a small saucepan. Brush chicken with 1/2 cup sauce. Serve chicken with remaining sauce.

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Ratings & Reviews

DIA2SYD's Review

October 13, 2010
The individual parts of this recipe were great, but all together my boyfriend and I felt it was a bit much. The spice rub was really flavorful and delicious, and the BBQ sauce was great. But I will keep them apart from now on, having the chicken with just the sauce or the rub because together they were a little overwhelming.

crs175's Review

June 03, 2009
This was quite tasty. Instead of using the metal pan for the wood chips, I found a grated container at Home Depot. I think this worked better since I was using a gas grill. The chicken came out wonderful, I didn't change anything.

lovetotry's Review

May 30, 2009
the combination of flavors was very good. Only downside was that it was on the hotter side because of the black pepper.