High Heat Smoked Chicken Quarters

Smoked chicken quarters coated with my new mayo glaze and then cooked on a pellet smoker at 275°F for chicken skin with a perfect bite through.

Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Brine Time 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Jeff Phillips

What You'll Need

  • Chicken quarters 1 or more per person
  • Brining solution below
  • Jeff's original rub
  • Mayo Glaze recipe below


Step 1: Brine the Chicken

  1. Add 1 cup of coarse kosher salt to 1 gallon of cold water. Stir until water returns to clear and salt is dissolved.
  2. Add ¾ cup brown sugar and stir until dissolved into brine.
  3. Place chicken pieces into zip top bag and pour brine solution over chicken to cover.
  4. Seal bag or cover brining container and put into the fridge for about 4 hours.
  5. Remove brined chicken from fridge and rinse well under cold water to remove residual salt.
  6. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel
  7. For better skin, place the chicken back into the fridge on a cooling rack, bradley rack, etc. over a baking sheet (to catch drips) for about 4 hours to dry and tighten the skin before applying glaze.

Step 2: Make the Mayo Glaze

  1. Make the glaze while the chicken is brining
  2. Into a small mixing bowl combine ½ cup of real mayonnaise, 2 TBS of Jeff's original rub, 1 TBS minced garlic and 2 TBS chopped chives

Step 3: Apply the Glaze to the Chicken

  1. Place a heaping TBS of the mayo glaze onto each chicken quarter.
  2. Use your hands to massage the glaze all over the chicken getting it under the skin wherever possible.
  3. Chicken is now ready for the smoker.

Step 4: Into the Smoker

  1. Set up the smoker for cooking at 275°F using pecan or other smoking wood.
  2. Once the smoker is ready, place the chicken directly on the smoker grate.
  3. Let the chicken cook for 1 to 1.5 hours or until it reaches 165°F in the thickest part.

  4. For extra good chicken skin, remove the chicken before it is completely done (about 145-150°F) and place it on a very hot grill or under the oven broiler for a few minutes.
  5. Be sure it reaches a final temperature of 165°F before calling it done.

Step 5: Serve It Up

  1. Serve immediately.