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Smoked chicken thigh on a wooden cutting board.
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Smoked Chicken Thighs

These smoked chicken thighs are a great way to enjoy delicious chicken smoked in your own backyard. Seasoned with my signature sweet rub, smoked to perfection, then slathered in whiskey peach BBQ sauce, these chicken thighs can't be beat!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Chicken Thighs
Servings: 4 people
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)



  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F.
  • Prep the chicken thighs. Trim off any excess skin or extra thin chicken around the edges of the bone. Roll the chicken tightly into uniform pieces.
  • Season. Season on all sides with the sweet rub (you don't need to use the entire 2 Tablespoons as specified in the ingredients, simply use enough to completely cover the chicken).
  • Smoke. Place the chicken on the smoker skin side up. Close the lid, and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. This will take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes depending on how big your chicken thighs are.
  • Sauce. Baste with the Whiskey Peach BBQ Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce) until the internal temperature measured with a meat thermometer reaches 170-175 degrees F.
  • Rest and enjoy. Remove from the grill, allow to rest for 5-10 minutes, serve, and dig in!



Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg