How to Grill Chicken Quarters on a Weber Charcoal Grill

Grilled Chicken Leg Quarter

One of the best proteins values you are going to find at the grocery store is chicken  quarters.  Everybody goes nuts for the breasts and wings and that leaves a surplus of leg quarters that are usually pretty cheap.

It turns out that they are also delicious on the grill!

Let me show you how I grill chicken leg quarters on a Weber charcoal grill.

Prepare the Chicken Quarters

Let’s start with some chicken quarters.

Raw Chicken Leg Quarters

Let’s clean up the back side of these things.

See that big pocket of fat?  See those organ segments and spinal fraction?

I don’t want to eat that and your guests don’t either.

Cut them out.

Trimmed Leg Quarters

For the flavor profile we are going with the number one all time winner, Italian dressing.

Italian Dressing

Use whatever brand you like but always check the label.

Ingredient list

You do NOT want a brand that has High Fructose Corn Syrup as the main ingredient.

We are going to be cooking this chicken hot and the corn syrup will scorch.

Place the chicken quarters into a Ziplock bag with the Italian dressing.

I slash the skin and meat of the quarters to make sure the marinade can penetrate deeply.

Marinated leg quarters

Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator overnight.  If you don’t have time to marinate overnight then at least let it soak for an hour.

If Italian dressing isn’t your thing then check out this awesome Chili Lime Chicken Marinade from The Honour System.  It is seriously packed with flavor and, since it doesn’t contain any sugar or sweeteners, will work great for grilling.

Prepare the Weber Grill

We are going to grill/smoke the quarters with a fully lit charcoal basket on one side of the grill and the chicken on the indirect side of the grill.

Use a charcoal chimney to light about 30 Kingsford briquettes.  It will take about 20 minutes for the charcoal to light and fully ash over.

If you decide to use lighter fluid to get your coals lit then I wont tell anyone.  Either way..when the coals are lit get them banked onto the left side of the grill.  

Keep the bottom and top air vents completely open.

Grill the Quarters

Place the leg quarters on the right side of the grill such that they are close to, but not directly above, the charcoal and close the lid.

By the way…if you end up getting rained out then you can still take these chicken quarters inside and cook them in an air fryer.

Ready to grill

Let the chicken cook and flip it over every 20 minutes.

After about 40 minutes the quarters will be looking beautiful and will be close to done.

Chicken Leg Quarters Cooked on a Weber Charcoal Grill

To put a little more crisp onto the skin you can grill each side briefly over direct heat.

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A minute per side is plenty.

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If you do sear the chicken off make sure to move it back to the indirect side to finish cooking.

The chicken quarters are done when they hit an internal temperature of 175-185F.

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No sauce for this chicken…I like the straight up flavor and juiciness of the marinade.

Grilled Chicken Leg Quarter

Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters

Chicken leg quarters are trimmed, scored and marinated in Italian dressing. The quarters are grilled with indirect high heat to an internal temperature of 175F.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 325 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs chicken leg quarters
  • 16 ozs Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce [Optional, if you want some sauce on your chicken]

Instructions
 

  • Trim the leg quarters of excess, fat, skin and bone as needed.
  • Cut deep slashes into the leg quarters so the marinade can penetrate the meat.
  • Marinade the quarters in Italian dressing for at least an hour and up to overnight.
  • Grill the quarters with indirect high heat and flip every 20 minutes.
  • If desired, crisp the skin directly over the charcoal for 1 minute per side.
  • The quarters are done at an internal temperature of 175F.

Notes

You can serve the chicken quarters with some creamy Cole slaw and potato salad for an inexpensive but completely delicious barbecue feast!
If you wanted, you could also cook the quarters to an internal temperature of 195F.  Once the meat has cooled you can shred the meat to make pulled chicken sandwiches.
Keyword Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters

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How to Smoke a Whole Chicken

How Long to Smoke Chicken Breasts

How Long to Smoke Chicken Drumsticks

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