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BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters

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BBQ chicken leg quarters are super quick and easy and don’t require a marinade. The skin is perfectly crisp and they turn out delicious every time! On the grill is one of our favorite ways to cook them and is always a crowd pleaser.

bbq chicken leg on a plate.
Simple and delicious chicken leg quarters

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Just wait until you sink your teeth into these BBQ chicken leg quarters. They are crispy on the outside and so juicy on the inside. Making perfectly barbecued chicken is much easier than you might think.

They are perfect for summer barbecues and backyard cookouts!

top view of chicken leg quarter.
BBQ grilled chicken leg quarter

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Backyard barbecues are a great way to gather friends and family.
  • BBQ chicken leg quarters are a great grilling option, especially if you’re feeding a crowd! 
  • Minimal amount of prep time and less than one hour of grilling time.
  • A simple and easy recipe to make on the grill this summer.
  • Leg quarters are a great source of protein and a cheaper cut of meat.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken Leg Quarters – use your favorite brand of chicken.
  • BBQ Sauce use your favorite, store-bought or homemade.

How To Make This Recipe

four image process making bbq chicken leg quarters.
BBQ chicken leg quarters process

Step 1:

Place the charcoal in the grill, below the grates. Use lighter fluid to light the charcoal. Let sit until the coals have started to get white.

Step 2:

Wash the chicken. Place the leg quarters on the grill and sauce them well. Flip chicken every 5 minutes to keep it from burning. Repeat adding the sauce at every turn.

Step 3:

Cook until the chicken reaches a temperature of 175-180 degrees F. This is best for dark meat as it renders the fat at this stage.

Step 4:

Remove the chicken from the grill and serve with your favorite BBQ side dish.

partial view of chicken leg.
The best way to BBQ chicken quarters

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Start with a clean grill to prevent the chicken from sticking to the grill.
  • Rub your grill grates with oil prior to cooking. This helps keep the chicken from sticking during cooking.
  • Preheat your grill! Putting the chicken on the grill after it’s been preheated will also help prevent any sticking to the grill.
  • For saucier chicken legs, coat the chicken with the BBQ sauce about 10-15 minutes before taking it off the grill.
  • I highly recommended using a thermometer as it is the safest way to determine when the chicken is properly cooked. 
  • Always start off with meat that is not frozen. Frozen chicken will take too much time to come to temperature.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Place cooled chicken in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Reheating: Place chicken on a baking sheet and heat for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

FAQ

Can I use a gas grill for chicken leg quarters?

Yes you can! The cook times may need to be adjusted for gas. Cook until they reach at least 175 degrees F.

Is it better to parboil chicken before grilling?

No, we never parbroil chicken before grilling it. You lose some flavor when you boil it and the skin doesn’t get the perfectly crisp texture.

Are chicken leg quarters white or dark meat?

Chicken leg quarters are dark meat. They are made of the drumstick and thigh, which are both dark meat.

How long does it take to grill chicken leg quarters?

Cook time will vary based on the size of the chicken and the temperature of the grill. The best way to tell when the chicken is done is to grill until the internal temperature reads 175-180 degrees F.

Should I remove the chicken skin before cooking?

No! The skin is what gives the chicken more flavor, plus it locks in the moisture.

Yield: 6 Servings

BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters

top view of chicken leg quarter.

BBQ chicken leg quarters are super quick and easy and don’t require a marinade. The skin is perfectly crisp and they turn out delicious every time! On the grill is one of our favorite ways to cook them and is always a crowd pleaser.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 jar BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Place the charcoal in the grill, below the grates. Use lighter fluid to light the charcoal. Let sit until the coals have started to get white.
  2. Wash the chicken. Place the leg quarters on the grill and sauce them well. Flip chicken every 5 minutes to keep it from burning. Repeat adding the sauce at every turn.
  3. Cook until the chicken reaches a temperature of 175-180 degrees F. This is best for dark meat as it renders the fat at this stage.
  4. Remove the chicken from the grill and serve with your favorite BBQ side dish.

Notes

  • Start with a clean grill to prevent the chicken from sticking to the grill.
  • Rub your grill grates with oil prior to cooking. This helps keep the chicken from sticking during cooking.
  • Preheat your grill! Putting the chicken on the grill after it’s been preheated will also help prevent any sticking to the grill.
  • For saucier chicken legs, coat the chicken with the BBQ sauce about 10-15 minutes before taking it off the grill.
  • I highly recommended using a thermometer as it is the safest way to determine when the chicken is properly cooked.
  • Always start off with meat that is not frozen. Frozen chicken will take too much time to come to temperature.
  • Storing: Place cooled chicken in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Reheating: Place chicken on a baking sheet and heat for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 592Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1498mgCarbohydrates: 93gFiber: 0gSugar: 83gProtein: 18g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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