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smoked chicken thighs in a white bowl with onions and okra

Crispy Smoked Chicken Thighs

Juicy and tender chicken thighs seasoned with signature homemade rub and slow smoked over wood for delicious main dish option on the grill.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 4 Chicken Thighs bone-in and skin-on
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper


  • Mix the spices together in a small bowl to create your rub.
  • Season the chicken on both sides. Additionally, pinch the skin and pull it away from the meat partially without detaching. Rub some of the spice mix below the skin.
  • Prepare your smoker for indirect cooking. Using a combination of lump coal and wood chunks heat the grill to about 225 degrees F. Place the chicken thighs skin-side up off-heat and smoke with the lid closed for about 1 ½ hours or the chicken has reached 160 degrees internally. Remove chicken and set aside.
  • Increase heat of smoker to about 400 degrees F. Place the chicken back on the grill directly over the heat and cook for about 5 minutes until chicken skin is crisp. Remove the chicken and serve.


Go with bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. They are more flavorful and stand-up better to longer cook times
Smoked chicken should be cooked indirectly meaning the chicken is placed opposite the heat source vs directly over the fire. This allows for slower cooking which means more smoke flavor and completely cooked chicken.
For crispy skin finish the chicken skin side down over direct heat.
Serve smoked chicken with stewed okra, collard greens slaw, and baked beans.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 586IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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