Smoked Chicken Thighs Recipe to Try within Two Hours
Although most of you are familiar with the fact, let me just put it out there again for you all – chicken thighs are the best part of a chicken.
Thighs usually have a lot more flavor than any other parts of the chicken, and this flavor is delightfully enhanced through smoking them on the grill. This makes smoked chicken thigh recipes a great favorite among food lovers.
Chicken thighs usually have a lot of extra fat, which helps to retain moisture. It is not necessary to scrape all of the extra fat off unless you are aiming to lower your calorie count, but trimming the fat helps to make the flavor more prominent. This also reduces the chance of getting a bite that seems rubbery.
The smoked flavor of chicken can be brought by different types of wood such as hickory, apple, cherry wood, or maple wood. It really depends on the preference of the cook and the flavor you want to get.
While smoking a chicken thigh, it is imperative to wait until the temperature inside the thickest part reaches 165 degrees F. Some people like to wait longer than that, but be sure not to overcook it. Reaching this temperature usually takes around 3 to 4 hours.
If you are a newbie read our post about time and temperature. We added a full time chart.
Smoked Chicken Thighs Recipes
Now that you have known some of the basics of how a smoked chicken thigh is cooked let us dive straight into the mouthwatering recipes we have put together just for you!
Smoked Chicken Thigh with Spicy BBQ Rub
This dish is a favorite among many food bloggers and chefs due to its simplicity and delicious taste. While the rub is enough to give your chicken that delightful that you are looking for, some people also like to brush some BBQ sauce on the chicken for an added tang.
Smoked Chicken with Italian Salad Dressing
This recipe does not have that overpowering spicy flavor and is perfect for those who want a different kind of flavor. Marinating the chicken for 8 hours helps to bring out the taste of the dressing, and helps to tenderize the meat to perfection.