Pit Boss Smoked Chicken Thighs

Looking for an epic way to cook your chicken thighs? Look no further as this delicious recipe for smoky chicken thighs provides you with all the information you need to put together a scrumptious and hearty dinner quickly and easily.

Why You’ll Love This Smoked Chicken Thighs Recipe

You and your entire family are sure to fall in love with this recipe due to the effortless preparation and the flavourful and tender chicken you get with each bite.

Furthermore, this dish is so versatile that you can serve it on weeknight dinners or save it for special occasions. Plus, you can pair it with just about any side dish of your choosing!

What You’ll Need To Cook Smoked Chicken Thighs

Boneless Chicken Thighs

Olive oil

Brown sugar

Salt

Smoked paprika

Red chile powder

Onion powder

Cumin

Garlic pepper

How To Make Smoked Chicken Thighs on a Pit Boss

Step 1: Make The Rub And Season

Believe it or not, this is one of the most important steps when it comes to making the perfect smoked chicken thighs.

The key to having flavorful and well-smoked chicken thighs is to prepare them carefully with a great and smoky chicken rub before putting them into the smoker.

Hence, mix the brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, red chile powder, onion powder, cumin, and garlic pepper into a small bowl to make a rub that will surely tantalize your taste buds!

Next, rub olive all over the chicken thighs generously and apply the rub to both sides of the meat so it coats and sticks to the chicken.

Step 2: Smoke The Thighs

To begin, preheat your Pit Boss Grill to 275°F and add in your favorite wood chips for a smoky flavor.

Place the chicken thighs on the grill grates and close the lid. Let the thighs smoke for 1- 1.5 hours until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

After the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F, turn up the smoker temperature to 400°F and let the chicken crisp its skin for about 15 minutes.

Step 3: Serve

Once the chicken thighs are cooked, carefully remove the chicken from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Pair the smoked thighs with some roasted vegetables or a creamy Mac and cheese and serve hot!

Key To Crispy Skin

The key to crispy chicken skin is with high heat, otherwise, you will end up with skin that comes out rubbery and not crispy.

To do this, ensure the chicken is cooked to 165°F internal temperature, and turn up the heat to 400°F.

What Temperature To Smoke Chicken Thighs At?

It is recommended that you set your Pit Boss pellet grill to 275°F for perfect chicken thighs every time.

At this temperature, the chicken will cook for about 1.5 hours. You will also have to add another 15 minutes of cooking time at 400°F to crisp the skin.

It is important to keep an eye on the temperature during the entire cooking process to ensure the chicken is cooked properly.

How Long to Smoke The Chicken Thighs

It should take around 1 to 1.5 hours to smoke chicken thighs until they are ready.

However, the best way to judge how long to smoke chicken thighs is by using a meat thermometer to check the internal meat temperature of the thighs.

Insert the temperature probe into the thickest part of the chicken thigh. The internal temperature of the meat should be 165°F for it to be safe to eat.

How To Store Leftover Chicken Thighs

You should keep any cooled leftover chicken thighs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How To Reheat Leftover Chicken Thighs

You may microwave them to reheat them, however, you run the risk of the skin being rubbery and drying out.

For best results, you can preheat the oven to 400°F. Place chicken thighs on a wire rack with a baking sheet under it and bake until the meat’s internal temperature reaches 165°F.

What Can I Do With Leftover Smoked Chicken Thighs?

There are plenty of ways you can use leftovers from making sandwiches to salads.

One simple and tasty idea for what to do with your leftover smoked chicken thighs is to try to make a classic sandwich with some mayonnaise and lettuce on toasted bread.

You can also add the chicken to a salad with some fresh vegetables and a zingy vinaigrette.

My Favorite Wood Chips For Smoking Chicken Thighs

Choosing the right type of wood pellets is essential to smoking chicken thighs as this will determine the flavor, smokiness, and overall taste of your finished product.

One tried and true wood pellet option is hickory wood which is a popular choice for smoking chicken thighs because it adds a smoky flavor without overpowering the dish.

You may also choose to use apple wood pellets if you are after a sweet and smoky taste that can elevate your smoked chicken thighs.

What To Serve With Smoked Chicken Thighs

Below are some of my favorite to side dishes that go along with smoked chicken thighs.

Grilled vegetables like carrots, and Brussels sprouts or even mash potatoes great accompaniment to the chicken thighs.

If you’re looking for something a bit more indulgent, mac and cheese or duck fat potatoes are also almost always a great choice.

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This smoked chicken thigh recipe is sure to be a crowd favorite amongst your family and friends! Or even a hit amongst the kids during weeknight dinners!

Smoked Chicken Thighs Pit Boss

This smoked chicken thigh recipe is sure to be a crowd favorite amongst your family and friends!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 45 minutes
Resting Time10 minutes
Total Time2 hours 25 minutes
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 7
Calories: 426kcal
Author: Charlie

Equipment

  • Pit Boss Grill

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Red chile powder
  • 1/2 Onion powder
  • 1/2 Cumin
  • 1/2 Garlic pepper

Instructions

Step 1: Make The Rub And Season

  • Believe it or not, this is one of the most important steps when it comes to making the perfect smoked chicken thighs.
  • The key to having flavorful and well-smoked chicken thighs is to prepare them carefully with a great and smoky chicken rub before putting them into the smoker.
  • Hence, mix the brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, red chile powder, onion powder, cumin, and garlic pepper into a small bowl to make a rub that will surely tantalize your taste buds!
  • Next, rub olive all over the chicken thighs generously and apply the rub to both sides of the meat so it coats and sticks to the chicken.

Step 2: Smoke The Thighs

  • To begin, preheat your Pit Boss Grill to 275°F and add in your favorite wood chips for a smoky flavor.
  • Place the chicken thighs on the grill grates and close the lid. Let the thighs smoke for 1- 1.5 hours until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • After the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F, turn up the smoker temperature to 400°F and let the chicken crisp its skin for about 15 minutes.

Step 3: Serve

  • Once the chicken thighs are cooked, carefully remove the chicken from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  • Pair the smoked thighs with some roasted vegetables or a creamy Mac and cheese and serve hot!

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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