Smoked Leg Quarters with Fresh Herbs

For the most part, I am not really a superstitious person.  I have never really liked Friday the 13th, although my father was born on one, so he claimed it was his lucky day.  I hated when a black cat would cross my path, but I would usually find something about the cat that was not all black, or say that a street is not really a path, so it doesn’t count.  The one superstition I have never really been able to get away from is that things seem to happen in threes, especially when it comes to death.  I try to convince myself otherwise, but time after time, it seems to hold true.  This week was no exception.  My heart goes out to my friends and family that are grieving right now.

So what does this have to do with smoked chicken?  Well, when my kids were young, they went to bed really early – and so I fed them before my husband got home from work, just so they wouldn’t fall asleep at the dinner table.  Sunday nights was usually the one night we could count on where we would all sit down together – and we would call it “family dinner.”  As they got older, we have transitioned to eating together each night – which I love, but for some reason Sunday night dinners will always be my favorite.  It is the one night a week that I can really focus on food.  Recently, Sunday night dinners have taken a new spin in our house, they have turned into “Egg Night.”  I cook the sides, and my grill-master husband smokes something on the Big Green Egg.  We have been doing this for months, and he is getting better and better.  This chicken that he smoked was AMAZING!!  It fell off the bone, and had the most delicious smoked herb flavor, it was just a party in my mouth.  This came from the Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book – thank goodness Amazon screwed up during the holidays and sent us this book by accident, the recipes are incredible!  Well, the girls cannot get enough of the egg, and neither can I.

I remember many Sunday night dinners when our friends would come over, we traded houses every Sunday – and we did this for years while our kids were young. Now that they are older, we have grown apart, but I used to love when my friend’s mother would visit and join us for dinner.  She was hilarious, and had a great sense of humor.  She would say things under her breath, but I always heard them, and laughed.  She passed away this week, and will definitely be missed.  Sonya, this chicken is for you – I know you would have loved it, along with banana bread baking in the oven…


  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 6 chicken leg-thigh quarters


Mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended.  Reserve 1/2 cup of marinade for basting and then pour the remainder into a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag.  Add the chicken and turn to coat.  Cover the dish or seal the bag and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours.

Build a fire (wood or combination of charcoal and wood) for indirect cooking.  When the temperature is approximately 300 degrees F, remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the grill, skin side up, away from the coals.  Cook for 45 minutes, then flip the chicken, baste the reserved marinade, and cook for an additional 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees F.

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4 thoughts on “Smoked Leg Quarters with Fresh Herbs

  1. I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend…never easy.
    Love the tradition of Sunday family dinner. That is usually the only time our big fam ALL got together, too.
    This looks amazing. You’re lucky to have a guy who loves egg-ing!
    Welcome back.

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