Smoked Chicken Thighs

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Packed full of dark meat flavor and glazed with a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, these smoked chicken thighs will be a hit.

4 Servings
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • handful hickory, oak or pecan wood chunks
Seasoning Blend
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed powder
Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
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1. Preheat your smoker to 300°F.
2. Combine dark brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper and celery seed powder in a bowl, mixing with your fingers to break up any lumps.
3. Lightly season chicken thighs on both sides with the seasoning blend.
4. Place the chicken thighs in your smoker with 2 to 3 wood chunks on top of the hot coals.
5. Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches about 165°F, about 1 1/2 hours.
Hot TipUse an instant read thermometer to determine the internal temperature of the chicken.
6. While the chicken is cooking, combine all barbecue sauce ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Glaze the chicken with barbecue sauce about 15 minutes before it is done cooking.
8. Once the chicken has reached its target temperature, remove from your smoker and let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. Serve with a side of barbecue sauce.
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