Smoked Chicken Thighs

These Smoked Chicken Thighs are so juicy and have the most amazing flavor. Smoked and seasoned to perfection, these tender chicken thighs are versatile and so easy to make.

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Servings: 8

– 6-9 chicken thighs bone-in and skin-on – 2 Tbsp brown sugar – 1 1/2 tsp salt – 1/4 tsp black pepper – 1 tsp onion powder – 1 tsp garlic powder – 2 tsp cumin – 2 tsp chili powder – 1 Tbsp paprika – 3 Tbsp olive oil – hickory pellets applewood works too

TOTAL Time: 4 hours 5 minutes


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Mix the seasonings.


In a prep bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and paprika for the spice rub.

Marinate the chicken thighs.


Now place the chicken thighs into a gallon-sized ziplock bag along with the spice mixture and olive oil. Massage the spices and oil into the chicken and let it marinate for at least two hours, or preferably overnight, in the refrigerator.

Smoke the chicken.


Then fill your pellet smoker with hickory or applewood smoked pellets and set it to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Then place the chicken skin side up and cook for about 2 hours, or until the chicken’s internal temperature reaches at least 165°F.

Char the skin.


Flip the chicken and bring the heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes to give it a nice char and crisp up the skin a little. Remove from the smoker and serve hot.