Crispy Smoked Thighs

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pnstenquist, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. pnstenquist

    pnstenquist Newbie

    I've smoked chicken thighs quite a few times. My early efforts were okay: good flavor but rubbery skin that had to be pulled off. I came up with a plan to remedy that. First, I smoke the thighs with skin on at about 225 until the largest one reaches an internal temp of 160 degrees -- about 90 minutes to two hours. I do them on my Traeger junior. Today I used a mix of pecan and hickory. Probably would have chosen cherry and pecan, but there was already some hickory in the hopper.

    When they're done, I marinate them in a mix of soy sauce, canola oil, brown sugar, chinese five spice, ginger, cinnamon and sesame seeds for about 45 minutes -- just long enough to heat my gas grill to about 450 degrees.

    Finally, I grill them until they're dark brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. They're excellent without any saucing, although I sometimes dip one in a pineapple/habanero salsa.

    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
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  2. Great idea! They look fantastic!
  3. polishmeat

    polishmeat Meat Mopper

    Wow, I bet that skin takes on that flavor really well. 
  4. ted campbell

    ted campbell Newbie

    After trimming the fat off of thighs and then scraping the fat off of the skin this weekend I don't think I will ever eat an untrimmed Chicken thigh again.  It is crazy how disgusting that job is and how fatty that piece of meat is.  The things you do for a BBQ competition.
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking chicken! That's the great thing about the MINI-WSM. Super easy to slip the smoke chamber off and go straight to the direct grill for the sear!
  6. pnstenquist

    pnstenquist Newbie

    I'm going to try it with wings next time. While thighs are fatty, a couple hours of smoking followed by searing renders most of it out.
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking thighs. Thanks for posting your method!

  8. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You just made me hungry for thighs, well done
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Thighs there ,Pnstenquist (quist). Like the flavorings chosen. A bit more hands on than I would choose , but noted for future Munching.

    Have fun and as always . . .

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