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Perfect Smokey Chicken Thighs Recipe

Try this flavorful and delicious smoked chicken thighs recipe and enjoy the taste of real barbecue!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 50 mins
Resting time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Smoker
  • Wood chips for the smoker, we recommend applewood or hickory


  • 8 chicken skin-on thighs, bone-in or boneless
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground black pepper

For Serving (Optional)

  • fresh thyme
  • BBQ sauce


  • Prepare your smoker and preheat it to about 250 degrees.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl to make a rub. For a spicier rub, use more cayenne.
  • Brush the thighs with olive oil and then coat thoroughly with the rub. Pat it on and get it under the skin to ensure optimal coverage.
  • Place thighs skin side up on the smoker rack. Place your thermometer probe in the thickest part of the largest thigh.
  • Smoke for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached.
  • Remove from the smoker and let the thighs rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a barbecue dipping sauce and fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.
Keyword barbecue chicken, smoked chicken thighs