Pit Boss Smoked Chicken Quarters

Few can resist my Pit Boss chicken quarters; the combination of crispy chicken skin and smoky flavor is irresistible. 

The time and effort needed to smoke a bird can be off-putting. That’s where chicken quarters come in—they are quick, easy, and delicious! They are perfect if you’re cooking for a group, as the meat is already portioned. They are also great for a weeknight meal, as they come together quickly.

However some people struggle with the chicken coming out dry! So make sure you follow my steps below for succulent juicy chicken every time! 

Pit Boss leg quarters

  • This is one of my favorite recipes to throw together for a cookout or weeknight meal.
  • The chicken is already portioned, so you know exactly how much you need to feed your group.
  • If you have leftovers, you can use them during the week. Shred them and use the chicken in wraps, tacos, salads, or sandwiches.
  • It’s quicker to smoke a chicken quarter than a whole chicken.
  • Chicken goes well with any side. If you want to make it healthy, pair it with broccoli or zucchini. If you’re going all out, serve it with smoked mashed potatoes topped with cheese and bacon.

What You Need

Chicken Leg Quarters

Olive Oil

Brown Sugar

BBQ Rub – If you prefer to make your rub, use the ingredients below

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder 

Rosemary

Paprika

Cayenne

Black Pepper

Kosher Salt

How To Cook Leg Quarters On A Pit Boss

1. Prepare The Smoker

Preheat the pellet grill to 275°F for 10-15 minutes. Decide what sort of wood you’re going to use. Light fruit wood is good for chicken recipes. Apple, cherry, or pecan wood are perfect as they give a light smoky flavor.

Step 2: Season

If using your frozen chicken, thaw completely in the fridge before seasoning.

Take the chicken from the packaging and pat dry the chicken leg quarters with a paper towel. You want the skin to be completely dry before you season it.

If you’re making your own rub, combine all the rub ingredients in a bowl. Brush chicken quarters with oil, then coat with a generous layer of the rub, rubbing into all the crevices and under the skin. Season with the chicken rub at least 5-8 hours before smoking to get the best flavors. 

3. Smoke

Place the quarters onto the smoker and smoke; after 90 minutes, check the internal temperature.

When a meat thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165°F, the chicken is ready. Remove it from the grill and serve immediately.

FAQS

Should You Brine the Chicken?

You can brine your chicken; however, I don’t do it in this recipe. Brining helps lock in the moisture in meat with very little fat content. It also enhances the natural flavors of the chicken. 

The salt will give you a juicier, flavorful chicken quarter. When smoked, it gives lovely, crispy skin. However, brining your chicken is an individual decision, so try both ways and see which you prefer.

Wet Brine

Wet brining helps tenderize the chicken. It involves soaking the meat pieces in a table or kosher salt, brown sugar, and water mixture. 

Thoroughly mix the ingredients in a container with a sealable lid. Submerge the chicken pieces and seal. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

Don’t leave for more than 24 hours, as the meat will taste too salty. Rinse off when done, and you’re ready for the next step.

Dry Brine

Dry brining is another alternative that skips the mess of having to get rid of huge amounts of brine mixture. Coat the entire chicken with a salt and pepper mix. Place in the refrigerator overnight on a baking sheet.

The skin should look dry and powdery, which means it’s soaked into the meat and drawn the moisture with it. This will give nice crispy skin and lock in the internal juices.

What to Serve With Them

Chicken is so versatile and goes with all sorts of sides.

However, I have made it easy for you and narrowed it down to 5 f my favorite sides.

Smoked Zucchini

Mac and Cheese

Smoked Corn on the Cob

Smoked Pineapple with Goat Cheese

Smoked Beans

Smoked Chicken Quarters

Charlie
Want to know how to smoke chicken quarters like a true grill master? Follow my simple steps below.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 serves
Calories 362 kcal

Equipment

  • Pit Boss Grill

Ingredients
  

  • 6 whole chicken quarters
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 tablespoons of BBQ Rub
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the pellet grill to 275°F for 10-15 minutes.
  • Decide what sort of wood your going to use, the light fruit wood are the good for chicken recipes. This includes apple, cherry, or pecan are perfect as they give a light smoky flavor.
  • If using your frozen chicken, thaw completely in the fridge before seasoning.
  • Take the chicken from the packaging and pat dry the chicken leg quarters with a paper towel. You want the skin to be completely dry before you season it.
  • If your making your own rub combine all the rub ingredients in a bowl. Brush chicken quarters with oil, then coat with a generous layer of the rub, rub into all the crevices and under the skin. To get the best flavors, season with the chicken rub at least 5-8 hours before smoking. 
  • Place the quarters onto the smoker and smoke, after 90 minutes check the internal temperature
  • When a meat thermometer reads an internal temperature to reach 165°F the chicken is ready.
  • Remove from the grill and serve immediately.
Keyword Smoked, Smoked Chicken, smoked chicken quarters

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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