I love to cook, I always try and experience new recipes. Today I will share an easy masterbuilt electric smoker chicken quarters recipe with you. If you really love the smoky taste of chicken or want to try smoking, then this article can be your great savior.
Cooking is fun but not an easy task, it’s an art. You have to keep patience for having a good command over this and making yummy dishes every evening. And so is smoking or grilling chicken. It also takes some time to cook perfectly.
This masterbuilt electric smoker comes to make your task hassle-free. Besides, it has a large interior space so you can easily cook for feeding a crowd and my recipe is also very simple to follow. So you can easily prepare it for your next dinner.
Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Chicken Quarters Cooking Process
Who doesn’t love smoked chicken? But the success of perfectly smoked chicken totally depends on the recipe and of course on your electric smoker. In this case, controlling the temperature plays a vital role here.
But Masterbuilt Electric Smoker makes the cooking process easy for you with its unique digital controls and external chip feeding feature. Besides, it has a spacious interior space with cooking racks.
Today I will demonstrate a smoky, flavorful chicken quarter’s recipe with you. Of course, it is super easy to cook and super yummy to eat.
I will suggest you use wood chips in the electric smoker for a better smokey flavor. Though lots of options are available nowadays, I would like to recommend you to use Bradley’s Whiskey Oak-wood for better smoke. Now let’s see what you’ll need –
- 4-6 chicken quarters
- Original rub
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Barbeque sauce
- Brown sugar
- Mixing bowl
- Basting brush
Essential information to know:
- Preparation time – 10 to 15 minutes
- Cooking time – 1.5 hours
- Electric smoker temperature – 225-240°F
- Meat finishing temperature – 165°F
- Suggested wood – Bradley’s Whiskey Oak-wood
Now It’s time to start your main journey. Follow the instructions-
Brine The Chicken Quarters-The Frist Step of Making Chicken Quarters
However, brine the chicken is optional but I suggest you not to skip this step.
You will need:
- Water (1 gallon)
- Salt (1 cup)
- Brown sugar ( ¾ cup, it is optional but recommended)
Adding slightly saltwater (brine) into the chicken brings great flavor and juiciness. Brown sugar is used for providing a nice texture.
Step-1: To make the brine solution, add the 1 cup of salt to the 1 gallon of water and stir the mixture until it dissolves.
Step-2: Now, add the ¾ cup of brown sugar and start to stir again as it is optional, you can skip it. But I suggest you use brown sugar to get a better result.
Step- 3: Then put the chicken quarter into a zip-top bag and pour the brine mixture into the zip-top bag.
Step- 4: Now keep it in the refrigerator or put it in 33 to 39°F. And wait for 4 hours.
Step- 5: After 4 hours, it is ready to proceed.
Season The Chicken Quarters- Finish This Step Carefully
In this section, you need to season the chicken quarter. It will help to enhance the taste.
You will need:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Original rub (1 or 2 tbsp.)
I always use extra virgin olive oil in grilling, as it will play a vital role in grilling or smoked recipes. For dry rubs, adding olive oil is a must. As it will help to stick the dry rubs on the meat surface perfectly. Plus, ensures an additional layer of flavor.
Dry rubs are used for increasing the natural taste of the chicken and also adding a complementary flavor. In this recipe, I use BBQ Bros Rubs because it gives an authentic and unique flavor that redoubles the original taste.
Step- 1: At first, brush some olive oil, it will help the original rub to stick on the chicken.
Step- 2: Now add the original rub (1 or 2 tbsp.) and spread it all over chicken quarters. It will mix with the olive oil and make a paste. Remember, some rubs are high in salt so be careful otherwise it will become salty.
Step- 3: Mix the rub well as it also needs to go under the skin.
Step- 4: Now the seasoned chicken quarter is ready to go into the smoker.
Get Your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Ready
Now it’s time to set up the smoker ready for cooking. The preferable temperature is 225-240°F. Once it is ready, keep the rack containing the meat on the grate and leave 1-inch space to allow the smoke to go into the chicken properly.
Now It’s Time to Smoke The Chicken
Now it’s time to smoke the chicken quarter properly.
You will need:
- Wood chips for better smoke (cherry or dry pecan)
- A thermometer to check the temperature (Maverick ET-733)
I would like to suggest you wood chips and usually, I use dry pecan. Want to know why? Well, dry pecan is best for long barbeque recipes, it burns slowly and adds a delicate taste to the chicken. Cherry wood chips also can be used here. It ensures a mild, fruity taste to the chicken that will undoubtedly enhance the overall taste.
Step- 1: Keep the meat in the smoker for 1 hour.
Step- 2: Add some wood chips (cherry or dry pecan wood). I recommend you to use Bradley’s Whiskey Oak wood chips for a better smoke, as it will add a rich flavor to the chicken quarters.
Step- 3: Need to monitor the temperature, use a thermometer.
Finish The Chicken Quarters And Find Yourself WOW!
Now it’s time to finish cooking the meat on the smoker. In this step, I suggest you to use barbeque sauce for better taste.
You will need:
- Barbeque sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce)
However, many barbeque sauce are available in the store. But I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce as it gives a perfectly balanced flavor, smoky grilled taste and nice texture. Don’t worry it does not overpower the taste. So, you can try and trust on this sauce.
Step- 1: Before the chicken quarter is finished to cook, heat it to very high.
Step- 2: After 1 hour of smoking, keep the meat over direct heat.
Step- 3: After finished cooking, brush a little barbeque sauce on the meat. Carefully monitor the temperature otherwise the chicken will burn. When it will reach 165°F, stop cooking.
Serve the Prepared Chicken: Now it’s time to garnish and serve the smoked chicken quarter.
- Calories: 261kcal
- Carbohydrates: 1.5g
- Protein: 16g
- Fat: 21g
- Fiber: 0.1g
Course: This dish can be served in dinner or lunch as the main course. This dish can be perfect for low crab diet eaters. Besides, as it is dairy-free, gluten-free so this dish can be perfect for the health-conscious people who are going through a special diet.
Best Season for Smoked Chicken Quarters
It can be a hot favorite dish for summer season. You can easily fire up your smoker and prepare this yummy smoky flavored chicken by following my recipe to serve in it dinner or lunch. But prefer to serve this dish in dinner as a main course with some freshly prepared coleslaw, baked beans, fruit or pasta salad.
Some Useful Tips for You to Get The Yummy Taste From Your Smoked Chicken Quarters
Here I will provide you some useful tips for you to get better results.
Choose The Best Smoke: When smoking chicken quarters, try to pick the wood that will complement it. The variant of options is available in the store now. But pecan, apple, or cherry are commonly used wood chip flavors for chicken as wood chips will add great smoky flavor that will definitely enhance the actual taste of the meat. Use woods for that it will add the deserved flavor to the smoked chicken recipe.
Get The Right Temperature: Stop cooking and turn on warm mode after it reaches 165°F. Basically, the cooking time will depend on the meat size, but we consider it around 30 to 40 minutes per pound.
Add Fruit Juice to The Brine: It is better to add some fruit juice or wine to the smoked chicken quarters brine mixture, as it will bring some additional flavor and taste. Besides, the brine’s salt breaks down the chicken muscle and enhances moisture absorption.
Dry The Chicken: Before you start to put the chicken quarters into the smoker, keep it for 1 hour to air dry. As it will help the smoke to adhere better.
Use The Right Seasoning: So many seasoning are available in the market but not all are perfectly matched with this smoked chicken quarter recipe. Right seasonings will increase the taste and flavor to your smoked chicken. In this recipe, I use original dry rubs (BBQ Bros Rubs) to add more flavor and nice texture.
- Are chicken quarters healthy?
Answer – No doubt, chicken quarters have many nutrition facts and a good source of heart-healthy protein. It is healthy as it contains less cholesterol than the legs and wings. Not only that, they are lower in saturated fats and also perfect for low crab diet eaters.
- Is it OK for chicken quarters to be a little pink?
Answer – Well, it is safe to eat and it is ok to be a little pink. Because pink color does not specify its doneness. Sometimes we can observe fully cooked poultry chickens also show a pinkish color. As the muscles contain hemoglobin, so it comes to react with the air during smoking or cooking, it will give the chicken a pinkish color even after fully cooked. So, no need to worry about the color. Hope this answer will help you.
- How can I get crispy chicken skin?
Answer – To get crispy chicken skin, you can smoke it at higher temperatures around 250-275°F and allow the meat to air dry for 1 hour in the fridge.
- How can I get more smoke in smokers?
Answer – To get more smoke, keep the rack cleaned and placed it near the heat. You can also create more smoke by opening the vent. And for better smoke, you also can use some wood chips. There are varieties of wood chips that are available in the store nowadays. But pecan or cherry woods are better for chicken or birds, mesquite is good for pork, and cedar wood chips are perfect for fish.
- How long does it take to smoke a whole chicken in a smoker?
Answer – It will take around 4 to 5 hours at 225 degrees to smoke a whole chicken in a smoker but make sure it does not get too hot.
- How long to cook chicken quarters?
Answer – It will take to smoke the chicken quarters for 1.5-2 hours at 165°F. But in case, the temperature is between 200° and 225°F, it will take 3 to 5 hours.
- What temperature are chicken leg quarters done?
Answer – The chicken leg quarters are done at an internal temperature of 170°F.
Chicken quarters are the perfect cut of meat filled with full of flavor. They are just a suitable match for the masterbuilt electric smoker for feeding a good amount of people. Serve with the freshly prepared coleslaw or pasta salad make this recipe richer. So, this smoked chicken recipe is perfect for those people who are searching for a simple but delicious smoky meat recipe.
This Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Chicken Quarters recipe is a perfect blender of juiciness and flavor. Besides, it has many nutritional values and a perfect balanced course. You can easily try this recipe and serve the smoked chicken quarters for your next family get together!