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Hickory Smoked Barbecue Chicken

Using homemade rub and store-bought sauce, this is a very easy recipe resulting in tender and tangy grilled chicken that is slow cooked to perfection.
Course Main
Cuisine BBQ
Keyword Hickory Smoked Barbecue Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marinate 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author I Heart Recipes


  • lb chicken legs and thighs
  • 2 tbsp barbecue seasoning rub
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup your favorite bbq sauce use less or more to your taste

For the Grill

  • great quality charcoal I use Kingsford Original
  • hickory wood chips make sure that you soak them for at least 1 hour prior to using them


  • Rinse and clean 1 pound of chicken legs and thighs.
  • Season with homemade barbecue rub.
  • Drizzle chicken with extra-virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
  • Using your hands, make sure chicken is nicely coated.
  • Marinate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Soak hickory woodchips for at least one hour before grilling.
  • Heat charcoal. Once charcoal is nice and hot, place woodchips directly on top of charcoal.
  • Cook chicken over indirect heat for approximately 25 minutes.
  • Dab barbecue sauce on chicken.
  • Every 20 to 25 minutes, turn and baste the chicken with the barbecue sauce until the chicken is cooked throughout and the sauce is sticky.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill and serve while hot!