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Smoked Chicken Lollipops

Smoked chicken lollipops are named due to the built-in handle on chicken legs. Push the meat up to the top and smoke them for a great way to eat smoked chicken.
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 5 -6
Author Jeff Phillips


  • 12-14 chicken legs/drums
  • Jeff’s rub
  • Jeff’s Sauce
  • Cherry juice for making a glaze (optional)
  • Foil


Make the Lollipops

  • Rinse chicken legs under cold water
  • Lay one of the chicken legs on the cutting board or hard surface.
  • Make a cut through skin, meat and tendons all the way around the chicken leg, just below the knuckle
  • Push meat all to one end leaving at least half of the bone on the knuckle end as a handle.
  • Snip off any extruding tendons, meat, fat, etc. to clean it up.
  • Repeat process on all chicken legs.

Season & Marinate the Chicken Legs

  • Apply mayonnaise to outside of chicken to create a stick surface for the seasoning to stick to.
  • Sprinkle Jeff's rub onto each chicken leg making sure to coat all sides thoroughly.
  • Place all of the seasoned chicken into a lidded bowl or ziptop bag and place it in the fridge for 2 hours minimum. You can also marinate overnight if desired.
  • After marinating time is complete, remove chicken from fridge.

Wrap Handles with Foil

  • To prevent the handles from getting too dark or burnt, cut a square 4-inch pieces of foil for each chicken leg.
  • Wrap the foil around the handle (bone) of each chicken leg.

Smoking the Chicken

  • Preheat smoker to 250°F
  • Place chicken directly on smoker grate
  • Let chicken cook for about 2 hours or until it reaches 175°F in the thickest part.
  • If you want to add sauce to the chicken (highly recommended) do so during the last 30 minutes of the cooking time.

Finishing Up

  • Remove foil from chicken and serve immediately.