Red grabbed the stuff to do a chicken ball experiment this evenin. Thing is... she saw some thighs on sale and two packs ended up being deboned and no skin. That left me with only 4 thighs to experiment on with the skin. Went ahead as planned just didn't get to use as many thighs. I did 2 thighs withe the skin side down with butter in the bottom of the pan, then 2 things skin up with butter on top. Here they are all panned up. I smoked them in the pans for about an hour and a half.. then pulled them out of the pan, dunked them with BBQ sauce and back on the rack for over another hour. The two on the right here have skin side down with butter on the bottom of the pan. The two on the far right in this picture had the skin up and butter on top. Hands down, the thighs smoked with the butter in the bottom of the pan were bite through skin. They were not crunchy but the skin melted in your mouth. The two turned skin side up with the butter on top had skin that couldn't be eaten. The one on the left is the bite through skin and the one on the right was like bicycle innertube texture. Honestly it melted in my mouth like pudding. Now, if there is a way to make it bite through and crispy.......????? I've never heard anyone say it was both... I'll have to work on it. Thanks for checkin out my QVIEW.