Keto Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

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Smoked Chicken Drumsticks
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This keto Smoked Chicken Drumsticks recipe is a perfect American dish to add to your regular offerings! Anyone who enjoys Chicken, BBQ Rubbed, Smoked is going to absolutely love this low-carb Smoked Chicken Drumsticks variation. Providing 12 servings, it's bursting with flavor and certain to leave even the pickiest eaters in your house satisfied and wanting more of this amazing American dish! If you like this keto Smoked Chicken Drumsticks recipe, create an account and add it to your favorites; or better yet, share it with others via the social links above!

Keto Smoked Chicken Drumsticks are a flavorful and healthy option for anyone following the ketogenic diet. With only 4 tbsp of vegetable oil and a sugar-free BBQ sauce, this recipe is perfect for those looking to keep their meal low in carbohydrates.

To start, place 12 chicken drumsticks into a large bowl and coat with the vegetable oil. Next, liberally apply the sugar-free BBQ sauce to each drumstick, ensuring they are evenly coated. Place the drumsticks into a smoker and let them cook for 2-3 hours or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

The result is juicy, tender, and flavorful chicken drumsticks that are packed with protein and low in carbohydrates. Perfect for a delicious ketogenic meal, these smoked drumsticks can be served as a main dish or as a satisfying snack. Serve with a side salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal that will keep you on track with your ketogenic diet.

Cooking Time
120 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes

Information about Chicken for Keto Diet

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Chicken is an excellent source of nutrition for those following a keto diet. It is a great source of high-quality protein, which is essential for maintaining muscle mass and supporting healthy body function. Chicken is also low in carbohydrates, making it an ideal food for those following a low-carb or ketogenic diet.

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American Cuisine

American Cuisine covers a wide array of dishes, and it goes far beyond the well-known Mac and cheese, breaded & fried snacks, tex-mex, pies, and shortcakes.
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Keto Smoked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe Ingredients

  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup BBQ rub

Keto Smoked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe Instructions

  1. Remove drumsticks from packaging and place on a rack over a drip tray or baking sheet. Air dry in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat an electric smoker to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Add any wood chips according to manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Brush drumsticks lightly with vegetable oil. Sprinkle with the rub add the drumsticks in a resealable plastic bag. Toss to coat more evenly.
  4. Place drumsticks on the rack in the smoker. Smoke until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 2 hrs.

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How to Properly Store Chicken

How long can cooked chicken be stored in a refrigerator or freezer?

That relies upon several conditions, but chicken, once cooked, should be refrigerated within 2 hours. To maximize the shelf life of cooked chicken for protection and exceptional quality, refrigerate the chicken in shallow bins or wrap it tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. The cooked chicken will remain for three to four days in the fridge.

To further increase the shelf life of a cooked chicken, freeze it. Store the cooked chicken in plastic storage bins or heavy ziplock freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.

How long does cooked chicken remain withinside the freezer?

Properly stored, it'll preserve the quality of the chicken for approximately four months; however, it will continue to be edible past that time.
The freezer time given is for the best quality of the meat. Cooked chicken that is continuously frozen will preserve indefinitely.

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How long does cooked chicken remain after being frozen and thawed? 

Cooked chicken that properly thaws out in the refrigerator will be edible for three to four days. Cooked chicken thawed in the microwave or in bloodless has no other shelf life and should be consumed immediately.

How long does cooked chicken store at room temperature?

Bacteria develop hastily at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F; cooked chicken must be discarded if left out for more than two hours at improper temperatures.

How to know if a cooked chicken has good bad?

The most common manner is to smell and examine the chicken. Most symptoms of bad chicken include:

  • bitter scent
  • slimy texture

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