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Featuring smoked chicken thighs with glazed bbq sauce.

Smoked Chicken Thighs

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It’s time to bite into juicy, meaty Smoked Chicken Thighs. Transform this affordable chicken cut into a mouth-watering meal with little effort. Don’t forget the napkins!

  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: Serves about 3-4 1x




  1. Preheat the smoker to 275°F. If using a charcoal grill, build an indirect fire on one side while keeping the other side cool.
  2. Prep the chicken thighs. Remove any excess skin that could hang down and burn. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towel, and lightly brush the skin with oil. Season generously on all sides using a shaker.
  3. Place the chicken into the grill or smoker with the skin-side up. Allow them to smoke for about an hour, or until they reach an internal temperature of 175°F.
  4. Increase the heat of your smoker for searing. If using a charcoal grill, you can sear the chicken right over the coals.
  5. Brush the skin with a layer of BBQ sauce, and then sear skin-side down over high heat for about 1-2 minutes. This won’t take long, so make sure to remove it in time and watch out for flare-ups.
  6. Rest the smoked chicken thighs for a few minutes before serving. 


  • Serve with a slice of lime or another citrus to add some brightness to the rich meat.
  • Saucing and searing are optional. You can finish the chicken simply by smoking it to about 180°F.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Category: Chicken & Poultry
  • Method: Smoking
  • Cuisine: Dinner
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