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5 from 3 votes

Smoked Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Grilling bbq chicken thighs is easy and extremely helpful if you are wanting to grill with a busy schedule– you just need some good seasoning and you'll be good to go!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 375kcal
Author: David Gafford


  • Smoker
  • Wire Cooking Rack



  • Pull the skin back away from the thigh and use a knife to remove any fat on the underside of the skin.
  • Sprinkle barbecue rub on the chicken thigh and replace the skin back over the meat. Sprinkle additional rub over the skin.
  • Take each thigh and place it into a mini loaf pan, making sure the skin is nice and smooth, tucked around the thigh like a blanket. Sprinkle more rub over top.
  • Add about ½ Tb. pad of butter on the top of each thigh.
  • Place pan in the smoker around 300 degrees for 60-90 minutes until reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Pull the pan out of the grill to glaze the thighs with barbecue sauce. Transfer each thigh from the pan to a wire cooking or cooling rack and use a pastry brush to paint the warmed barbecue sauce all over the thigh. Otherwise, thighs can be dipped into a bowl of warm barbecue sauce to eliminate the appearance of brush strokes.



Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg