Chicken Thighs (Hickory Smoked)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bearcarver, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Chicken Thighs (Hickory Smoked)

    First I gotta say, I'm not usually big on chicken, however these thighs were the best chicken I have ever eaten.

    I'll give a short Step by Step, just to show how I did mine:

    I started out with 9 Chick Thighs.

    Brined them for 6 hours in a Poultry Brine I got from a Buddy of mine.

    Coat well with a good rub on top of EVOO.
    Then I wrapped them in plastic wrap & put them in the fridge.

    The rest went like the following:

    1:15PM--------------Fill AMNPS with Hickory Pellets, and light one end.
    1:30PM--------------Pre-heat MES 40 to 225˚, and put AMNPS in bottom left.
    1:45PM--------------Remove Thighs from fridge, and put all 9 Thighs on one grill rack.
    2:00PM--------------Put full rack of Thighs in 2nd position of smoker, and empty rack above it.
    3:30PM--------------Change heat to 250˚.
    3:30PM--------------Also flipped all thighs over, and lost one to my crummy porch floor (Thigh last seen flying over pet cemetery into woods).
    4:15PM--------------Change heat to 275˚.
    4:30PM--------------Put Stuffed Taters (Mrs Bear made) in pan on top rack.
    5:00PM--------------Remove All from smoker.

    Thanks for looking,

    Thighs soaking in Poultry Brine:

    Through the Looking Glass:

    Better look of what's going on:

    Stuffed Taters ready for Half hour in smoke:

    Everything pulled from smoker:

    Closer look at thighs:

    Taters smoked & ready to eat:

    Bear's first helping:

  2. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thats looks delicious. Love Stuffed Taters !!!!
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good Bear! I didn't know chickens could fly after their dead, now I do!!!
  4. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Bearcarver, those look great!  You photos are always the best!  [​IMG]
  5. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awwww buddy, you had me rolling with that 'last seen flying over the pet cemetery' crack.....I can just see you flinging that thigh like a Frisbee. Good looking thighs that are left....sweet color & skin looks crispy edible. I know you're not a big briner.....what's the Bear verdict on that??.......Willie
  6. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can see why you keep up on your window. Glad it tasted as good as it looks!

  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks jrod !!

    Thanks Sailor!!

    That one flew pretty good---Ticked me off !![​IMG]

  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Frosty!!!

    Good to see you!

    Thanks Willie!!

    I had it pinned to the grill with the back of my hand, but it got away to the floor.

    Good it cleared the Pet Cemetery. Mrs Bear wouldn't like chicken parts on Shadow's (Lab) grave!!

    The brine was real good, but not needed for thighs. I should have saved it for breasts.

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Todd !!!!

    I love my MES Window!!

  10. Bear they look AMAZING [​IMG] wish I was closer to you so I could partake in your smoking goodness :)

  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What a fantastic looking meal. Sigh, another project on the list for me to try.

  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Barry!!!

    Wouldn't mind living closer to you for the fishing!!!

  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Disco!!!

  14. Bear, if I ever learn to smoke half as good as what you do time and time again,  I'll be .. well fat.. but happy and full of good yummies. lol     Awesome job!!
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Very Much FishinChik !!! [​IMG]

    You'll probably blow right by me!!

  16. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking plate Bear! Lovely colour on those thighs.
  17. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Outstanding plate, Bear!  It's all making me drool!

  18. You get down here one day I will take you fishing, of course payment for said fishing will be me picking your brain for smoking tips :)

  19. the zil

    the zil Smoke Blower

    This forum is making me fat! I have to try this. Thanks for including the detail, really helps. Those tatters look as good as the chicky. I'm starting to believe I could sell my stove to buy more meat for the smoker. I may never cook inside again.
  20. Question Bear...   I keep coming back to this thread looking at those thighs for learning options.  

    It looks like you left the skin on.. and from the lack of char, didn't grill them after the smoke.  Did the skin come out bite thru?      My dad is a huge fan of smoked chicken so I make it for him often.  If I pull the skin off, naturally it's not as flavorful or juicy.   When I leave skin on,  it' has a rubbery texture and all the rub flavors and smoke seems to be lost on the skin.   I usually grill them off right out of the smoker but that always chars the sugars in the rubs.  Any advice?

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