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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.


  • 6 pieces of chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon regular paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Step-by-Step Methods:

  • Step 1: In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. These will form the spicy BBQ rub.
  • Step 2: With the help of a brush, coat the chicken thighs evenly with olive oil.
  • Step 3: Preheat the smoker to 250-degrees F. Add the wood of your choice.
  • Step 4: Thoroughly coat the chicken thighs with the rub. To ensure maximum flavor, you can cut a little part of the skin and put a generous amount of rub inside the chicken as well as the outside. This is an optional step but does its job well.
  • Step 5: Put the spicy rub coated chicken thighs on the smoker. Flipping the chicken will help get that smoked flavor on both sides.
  • Step 6: Keep smoking until the internal temperature reaches 165-degree F. Use a thermometer to check the temperature. In the last 10 minutes, you can opt to brush some BBQ sauce on the thighs for an additional burst of flavor.
  • Step 7: Once it has been done, serve with your preferred side such as rice, pasta salad, or coleslaw.


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.


  • 6 pieces of chicken thighs
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  • Half cup BBQ spice
  • Half cup soy sauce
  • 1 ½ cup apple juice

Step-by-Step Methods:

  • Step 1: In a bowl, combine the salad dressing and soy sauce. Strain to get a smooth consistency.
  • Step 2: Coat the chicken thighs with a thick layer of the mixture of the dressing and soy sauce.
  • Step 3: Sprinkle a generous amount of BBQ spice over and under the chicken skin.
  • Step 4: Put the chicken pieces in a see-through plastic bag and seal it properly.
  • Step 5: Keep it in the refrigerator for 8/9 hours.
  • Step 6: Preheat the smoker to 250-degrees F. Add the wood of your choice.
  • Step 7: Place the marinated chicken thighs on the smoker.
  • Step 8: Cook for 3 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. You can use a thermometer to check temperature.
  • Step 9: Keep misting the chicken pieces with apple juice every 20 minutes or so while cooking. This will help this dish get a lovely flavor.
  • Step 10: Serve with your preferred side dish.
Smoked Chicken Thigh Recipes

Conclusion: So there you go - 2 amazingly delicious smoked chicken thigh recipes that are as easy to make as they sound. And not to mention the leftovers that you can use for other meals from this recipe as well. So don’t wait anymore, go get some chicken thighs smoking right now!

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Theresa Lori

Hi, I'm Theresa. My passion for grilling delicacy gradually built during the time I was living with my parents. My family members especially my mother was a great fan of grilled dishes to and from the love of food. I started preparing smoked food with my mom. This bonding helped me to know more and more about to smoke, grill what always I share on So, in two words you can call me a BBQ lover.

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