The Art of Smoked Chicken Thighs: A Flavorful Delight

Are you ready to elevate your barbecue game? Look no further than the mouthwatering world of smoked chicken thighs. These juicy and tender delights are a crowd-pleasing favorite, perfect for any occasion. In this article, we will guide you through the art of crafting the perfect smoked chicken thighs, delivering a harmonious balance of flavors that will leave your taste buds dancing.

The Magic of Smoked Chicken Thighs

When it comes to BBQ, chicken thighs reign supreme. The smoky aroma and succulent meat make for an unforgettable dining experience. From backyard gatherings to summer parties, these delectable treats are sure to steal the show.

Unveiling the Recipe: Ingredients and Preparation

To embark on this flavorful journey, gather the following ingredients:

  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, boneless skinless chicken thighs, or chicken breasts
  • BBQ Sauce (your favorite, or try our Homemade BBQ Sauce)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt and cayenne pepper

Prepare yourself for a tantalizing adventure with these simple and straightforward steps:

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F. Generously season both sides of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, ensuring a burst of flavor in every bite.
    Seasoned chicken thigh on a cutting board

  2. Place the seasoned chicken thighs on the smoker, skin side down, and let them smoke for one hour to infuse the meat with smoky goodness.
    Chicken thighs on the smoker

  3. While the chicken smokes, create a glaze by mixing the BBQ sauce with apple cider vinegar. Achieve a thinner consistency, perfect for a mouthwatering glaze.
    Pouring vinegar in a bowl with BBQ sauce

  4. After the initial hour of smoking, increase the temperature to 300°F. Allow the chicken thighs to continue smoking until they reach an internal temperature of 185°F, as measured by a meat thermometer. Once cooked to perfection, bathe them in the glaze, ensuring a delectable coating.
    Dipping a chicken thigh in BBQ sauce

  5. Return the glazed chicken thighs back to the smoker for an additional half hour, until the glaze becomes delightfully sticky.
    Glazed chicken thighs in the smoker

  6. Remove the chicken from the smoker, allowing it to rest for about ten minutes. Finally, it’s time to indulge in the juicy tenderness of your perfectly smoked chicken thighs.

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Tips and Tricks for a Smoky Masterpiece

In your quest for culinary excellence, consider the following tips:

  • A pellet smoker, such as the Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker, is an excellent choice for this recipe.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sauces. The key lies in selecting a thinner BBQ sauce that glazes effortlessly. Peri Peri sauce adds a delightful twist to smoked chicken thighs.
  • For an enhanced flavor experience, peel back the skin and apply the seasonings directly to the meat.
  • This recipe is versatile and can be adapted for chicken wings, legs, and even chicken breasts.
  • Pecan, applewood, or hickory wood imparts extraordinary depth to your smoked chicken thighs.
  • Customizing your spice rub with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and a touch of brown sugar will take your dish to new heights.
  • Leftover smoked chicken thighs make a delightful addition to a robust chicken salad.

The Perfect Temperature

Though chicken is safe to consume when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, we recommend allowing your smoked chicken thighs to cook until they reach 185°F. This ensures a tender and mouthwatering result.

Explore the Possibilities

If you’re craving more smoked delights, our culinary adventures don’t end with chicken thighs. Discover the wonders of smoked prime rib, tri-tip, chicken wings, turkey, and pork butt. The possibilities are endless for creating a culinary masterpiece that will amaze and delight your guests.


Now that we’ve ignited your taste buds and awakened your culinary spirit, it’s time to put your newfound knowledge to use. Get cooking and experience the symphony of flavors that await you with our smoked chicken thighs recipe.

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To access the complete recipe, including detailed instructions and measurements, visit the official Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ website.

Smoked chicken thighs on a white plate


Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure with the art of smoked chicken thighs. With their tender meat and smoky flavors, these treasures will captivate your senses and leave you craving for more. From backyard barbecues to family gatherings, elevate your cooking prowess and create a dish that will be remembered for years to come. So fire up your smoker, embrace the flavorful journey, and unlock the magic of smoked chicken thighs.