Smoked Chicken Thighs

Jo Zimny Recipe

By Jo Zimny EmilyJo

20 Min
4 Hr

I bought a small metal smoker for my Weber gas grill from Wm. Sonoma and I thought I'd give it a try this weekend.

I used my grill pan instead of putting the chicken on the grill itself, I find this really helps cook the meat better and prevents burning.

These thighs turned out delicious, what a wonderful flavour. I used Mesquite chips to smoke my thighs; the flavor is very subtle. It added such a delicious flavor, even hubby said, "these are good!" I know they are good when he comments.

I used this recipe to enhance the flavor of the chicken even further, it was perfect. I hope you try this. I can't wait to try other meats, fish and veggies too.

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8 medium
chicken thighs
2 tsp
sea salt
1 tsp
granulated sugar (i used brown sugar)
1 tsp
dried oregano
1 tsp
dried basil
1 tsp
dried thyme
1 tsp
onion powder
1 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
cracked black pepper
wood smoker
water soaked wood chips, i used mesquite

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix up the spices and herbs and season the thighs with the mixture. I left this sit over night in the fridge.
Place the thighs in the gas grill and smoke the at 225-250'F. In about an hour turn the meat over. You will need to replace the wood in the smoker, take all the old stuff out and use new.
Check the temperature of the thighs after 2 hours. If they are at 180'F they done cooking. If not continue on until they are done. This can take 2-5 hours.
You can brush some butter over the finished thighs for an added taste treat.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Hashtags: #SMOKED, #thighs

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Robin DuPree robdupree
Jun 11, 2011
Jo, sounds really delicious...
Jo Zimny EmilyJo
Jun 12, 2011
Robin, since this was my first attempt at smoking I wasn't sure what would happen. But, it did work. The chicken was tender, juicy and had just a hint of smokey flavor which is what I was going for. Had a piece today and the flavor is a little more pronounced. Shared it with our handyman and he said it was delicious, he's a real fan of my cooking even the Vegan things I do sometimes. So I deem this first attempt a real success. I'll try another type of wood next time, maybe hickory, though i'd like to get my hands on some apple or cherry too, have to go on a quest to see if I can find some of those.
Robin DuPree robdupree
Jun 12, 2011
It sounds really heavenly!..I need to buy me a grill, but I live in a small apartment that does not have patios..We have some in the courtyard here, so I should give it a try out there...
Jo Zimny EmilyJo
Dec 11, 2011
Good Luck Robin, hope you were able to try it :)