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Awesome Smoked Chicken Thighs

Awesome Smoked Chicken Thighs

This right here is my go-to method for awesome smoked chicken thighs.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken thighs, smoked
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 14 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 5235kcal
Author Mike


For the brine


  • Place chicken into a large resealable container.
  • Whisk together the brine ingredients until the salt has dissolved. Pour over the chicken.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Fire up your smoker for 225 F cooking. Use whichever wood you prefer (I went with apple).
  • Remove chicken from the brine and rinse with cold water.
  • Pat dry then sprinkle liberally with the rub on both sides.
  • Tuck the skin underneath of the thighs and transfer to the smoker.
  • Smoke for 2 hours or more until the internal temperature has reached 165 F.
  • If you wish to sauce your thighs do so in the last 15 minutes of cooking.


Smoked skin-on thighs will not have a crispy skin because of the low cooking temperature. I prefer to remove the skin, pull the meat away from the bones and chop for sandwiches.


Calories: 5235kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 370g | Fat: 377g | Saturated Fat: 102g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2223mg | Sodium: 58390mg | Potassium: 4995mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 1804IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 17mg