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Traeger Smoked Chicken Lollipop Drumsticks

Traeger smoked chicken lollipop drumsticks are so fun to eat! Tender chicken legs but easier to eat and always a hit with kids for dinner. We shared the oven version in our how to cook lollipop chicken drumsticks post, now comes cooking outside.

traeger chicken lollipops

Smoked lollipop chicken legs are so good and popular with kids who have little hands. If you have never smoked drumsticks before this is a fun way to do it. Stands up on your grate so every inch can get crispy chicken skin. One of many easy smoker recipes on our site! (affiliate links present)

Traeger Lollipop Chicken

Ok so you don’t have to have the most popular brand but Traeger recipes are definitely the most common. We had an electric Charboil and then a pellet grill Green Mountain smoker before we got ours. They all work really well I would say. Once you get the hang of how many pellets you need, ensure it’s preheated and all you’ll be good to go.

If you live in snow country like we do you can still use it year round. All you need is a smoker blanket like this one to keep the temperature steady. It works surprisingly well and is pretty cute on the top too. 😉 If you’re just beginning, we will walk you thru the whole process, this is an easy one to start with too.

lollipop chicken

If you’ve only ever cooked chicken legs in Instant Pot or in the oven you’re in for a real treat. You not only get the best flavors on the outside of your meat but you can get right into the middle of the leg easier too. I remember back in the day this was the only part of the bird they would eat, it was the most fun.

If I had known lollipop chicken was a thing, I mean I would have made them this way all the time. Not only is the name exciting but they may have eaten more of the meat off the bone too. Let’s talk about how you prep these babies shall we?

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

No matter how these are cooked you’ll prepare them all the same way. You’re going to need a very sharp knife first, and a cutting board. We buy chicken in bulk often and these are always super cheap so I typically load up on my orders. You just;

  1. Lay 1 drumstick at a time on your board
  2. Slice the top of the leg off, right above where the bone begins with knife or pair of kitchen shears
  3. Then slice the skin off of the bone itself and/or push it all the way down so it is naked
Smoked Chicken Lollipop

Of course the pellets are going to give the outside flavor but adding a chicken dry rub to the outside is a must for us too. I mean makes them over the top delicious and is super easy to do before adding them to the grates. I suggest purchasing organic but that is up to you. They have more meat and the texture is better.

How long to smoke chicken lollipops

The timing will vary depending on how large they are, I suggest medium. 2 hours is about how long you’ll need to set aside, or until the thickest part reaches a safe internal meat temperature of 165 F.

Lollipop Chicken on Smoker

How to get crispy chicken skin – The biggest tip you need to remember is tho dry the skin before anything else. Moisture on the outside will keep it a kinda’ blubbery texture, it needs to be dry. Just use paper towels to absorb as much as possible.

Beyond that you can increase the temp for the last 30 minutes or throw into your air fryer. You’re going to need your meat, paper towels, dry rub or seasonings of your choice, hickory wood pellets are great, your Traeger grill and bbq sauce if you want for the end.

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

Smoked Chicken Lollipops

Always preheat the smoker (or grill) to 225 degrees F first, do not add until it is at temp. Rinse and pat dry the chicken drum sticks with paper towels. Using a sharp knife, make a cut into the skin and through any tendons 1/3 of the way from the tip near the top of the bone. (removing about 1-1.5″ off)

  • Use the knife to peel and cut away any of the skin and meat off of the knuckle area so the bone is naked. With your hands, push the skin and meat as far as you can up to the top creating the “lollipop” look.
    • You should have nothing but exposed bone on one side, and then meat on the other.
    • Leave alone or wrap bone in a small piece of aluminum
    • If you hate waste, use the top leg meat to make some homemade Instant Pot chicken broth
  • Gently slide the skin over the meat as well. To make the drumsticks stand you may have to level off the top of the bone by cutting  the bone.
    • Repeat until all of the legs are prepped.
  • Brush with olive oil. Season each with dry seasoning by rubbing it into the skin and meat. Place on a pan to easily transport out to the smoker (or grill).

Place the drumsticks directly onto the smoker grates with the meat side down. Make sure lid is closed tight and let smoke until the internal temperature reaches 165-170 degrees F (about 2 hours). Remove the chicken and serve, or brush your favorite barbecue sauce on top and enjoy.

Smoked Chicken Lollipop

Smoked Chicken Lollipop Recipe

What if you have leftovers? They save well on the bone or with the meat removed. Wait until they are cooled completely first. Then wrap in foil and store in the fridge. I like to reheat chicken in air fryer when ready to add some crisp and warm.

OR you can remove the meat, store in a baggie and use one of our leftover chicken recipes the next day or two. I hate waste so I get it.

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Smoked Chicken Lollipop

Traeger smoked chicken lollipop drumsticks are so fun to eat! Tender chicken legs but easier to eat and always a hit with kids for dinner.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken drumsticks, chicken legs, lollipop, smoked, traeger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 12
Calories 317kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker (or grill) to 225 degrees F. Rinse and pat dry the chicken drum sticks with paper towels. Using a sharp knife, make a cut into the skin and through any tendons 1/3 of the way from the tip. (removing about 1-1.5" off)
  • Use the knife to peel and cut away any of the skin and meat off of the knuckle area revealing just the bone. With your hands, push the skin and meat as far as you can up to the top creating the “lollipop” look. (you should have nothing but bone on one side, and then meat on the other).
  • Gently slide the skin over the meat as well. To make the drumsticks stand you may have to level off the top of the bone by cutting  the bone. Repeat until all of the drumsticks are prepared.
  • Brush with olive oil. Season each with dry seasoning by rubbing it into the skin and meat. Place on a pan to easily transport out to the smoker (or grill).
  • Place the drumsticks directly onto the smoker grates with the meat side down. Close the lid and let smoke until the internal temperature reaches 165-170 degrees F (about 2 hours).

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Nutrition Facts
Smoked Chicken Lollipop
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 108mg5%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 119IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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