Smoked Chicken Thighs

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These easy smoked chicken thighs come together with just three ingredients and only take about an hour to smoke! A wood pellet smoker makes this meal nearly effortless while delivering big, bold flavors!


Units Scale
  • 2 pounds bone in skin on chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup of my easy dry rub recipe
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce + more for serving


  1. Set the pellet grill to 275 degrees.
  2. Trim excess skin off the edges of the chicken.
  3. Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Rub chicken thighs on all sides with the dry rub.
  4. Place chicken thighs on the grill skin side up and smoke for about 60 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees internally.
  5. Brush with BBQ sauce and smoke for another hour or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 170-175 degrees.
  6. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes, serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side, and enjoy!



  • Use a meat thermometer. Because the chicken is cooking low and slow in the pellet smoker, you'll want to ensure the internal temperature is at a good 170-175 degrees. Using a meat thermometer is the best way to make sure the chicken is cooked through before digging in.
  • Add a sheet of aluminum foil under your wire rack or grill grate for easy cleanup to catch any grease that drips.
  • Add some cayenne pepper to your dry rub if you like it a little spicy!
  • To get crispy chicken skin, pop the chicken thighs under the broiler in your oven for a couple minutes!