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Smoked Chicken Thighs - Sweet and Spicy

Smoked Chicken Thighs are a favorite! Adding a sweet and spicy rub makes these finger licking good.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Smoker


  • 5 each Chicken Thighs (Skin on)
  • ½ cup KC BBQ Rub Enough to cover the Chicken
  • Olive Oil



  • Trim the chicken such that the dangly bits are all off. Trim off excess detached skin. We are looking for a clean looking chicken.
  • Poke the chicken through the skin in several places using a fork, or a jaccard tool if you have one.
  • Pat the chicken as dry as you can with a paper towel.
  • Apply a small amount of oil or melted butter to the skin.
  • Roll the thigh such that it is as uniform shape and thickness as possible.
  • Sprinkle the KC BBQ Rub all over, top and bottom.


  • Preheat your smoker or grill to 300 degrees F.
  • Place your tightly rolled thighs on the grates, indirect side, with at least 1" of space in between.
  • Cook until internal thigh temperature is 175 degrees F (approx 1.5-2.5 hrs depending on thigh size). Let it rest for 10 min, un-tented, prior to serving.

Optional Goodness

  • You could: Brush on your favorite BBQ sauce in the last 5-10 degrees of cook. A nice uniform thin layer and then walk away. This will add about 20 min to the cook. Serve.
  • You could: When thighs are about 170 degrees, put them on a hot grill or under a broiler, skin side to heat. About 5 minutes.
Keyword Chicken, Juicy, Smoked Chicken, Sweet and Spicy, Thigh