Chicken Thighs (Hickory Smoked)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bearcarver, Mar 30, 2014.

  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 some of 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.
    I coated 9 thighs with EVO & a good dose of rub.

    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--------------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).[​IMG]
    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.

    BTW: I took them all to 165° or better.

    Thanks for looking,

    All Thighs rubbed & ready for smoker:

    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:
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2017
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  2. weev

    weev Meat Mopper

    Wow bear that sure looks awesome
    do you precook the potatoes or put them in raw
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Very tasty looking chow. Your tutorial is nicely done as usual. I have got to get my MES fixed...JJ
  4. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Bear! I haven't even had breakfast yet............. everything looks great as always. Not exactly sure why but, thighs are my least favorite part of a chicken. Don't think I'd have any difficulty putting away a couple pieces of them there thighs though [​IMG]  [​IMG]
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Weev!!

    Mrs Bear just Bakes the potatoes.

    Then cuts them in half.

    She scoops the white out, leaving about 1/4" in the skin.

    Then she mashes the white part, mixing in a little shredded cheese.

    Then she sprinkles little pieces of fried Bacon & some shredded Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese on top.

  6. weev

    weev Meat Mopper

    Sounds awesome those sure are going on the to do list Although its really not nice to be putting picture that look that good before I have had breakfast
  7. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I am very big on chicken , Bear , and yours sounds and looks spectacular! Love those baked potatoes too. That last plate shot is my idea of heaven.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2014
  8. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks delicious Bear...Nice going!  You've put me in the mood for some chicken...but I'm a breast man [​IMG]...I think I'm gonna do something with some boneless breast for dinner.

  9. Looks mighty good Bear - especially with those taters!  [​IMG]
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Jimmy!!!

    Thanks Joe!!

    My tastes are a little strange when it comes to Chicken & Turkey----If I'm just going to eat chicken, thighs are my favorite, but if I'm going to make a Sammy with Mayo or MW, I prefer white meat in the Sammy.

  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OK, so what you are saying here is Bear Jr. ain't holding up his end currently?

    Why the Q-mat?
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    THank You Sir!!!

    Glad you like it.

    Thanks Red !!!

    It's funny how that works in generations-----My Dad was a Breast Man, but both of his Sons are Leg & Thigh men.

  13. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Them taters look killer Bear.

    Gonna have to try them.

    I love legs and thighs.  My wife eats the breasts.
  14. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks real good Bear..... Gotta try them taters though, dang those look tasty..... Nice color on them thighs !

  15. Wow Bear, when you do things, you DO them! And wonderfully!

    This was so fun to see and all the pieces through the glass!

    Your whole place must have smelled sensational as well!

    Great job!

    Cheers and here's to a wonderful new week! - Leah
  16. Those be some MIGHTY FINE looking eats!
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Much!!

    Yeah those taters are good, and they really suck up some awesome smoke flavor with light smoke.

    Yup---LOL---That's pretty much the size of it.

    That's actually a Frog Mat I got before Q-Mats were available.

    I was just trying it, and I'm not impressed---Maybe better with fish.

  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Adam!!

    Thank You Justin!!

    Yup those taters are my favorite.

  19. bkbuilds

    bkbuilds Fire Starter

    Thanks for the taters idea, I'm going to make them for an appetizer this weekend when my family is in town. ABT / SBTs around lunch taters mid afternoon, pulled pork for dinner =)
  20. mtm29575

    mtm29575 Smoke Blower

    Those look fantastic, Bear!!  Very nice job. One is the skin on the thighs? Does it crisp up at all at the higher temp?  Or if I wanted it crisper, would I need to toss them on a hot grill for a couple of minutes?

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