Crispy Smoked Chicken Thighs

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disco

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My smoker used to be a Bradley electric. It wouldn't go much above 250 F on a good day. Also, sometimes I want to do thighs or wings at the same time I am smoking pulled pork or brisket at 250 F. The problem has always been that I got rubbery chicken skin unless I browned it up on the grill after. 

I was watching a food show and a winner in the chicken section at a competition said he foiled his chicken before smoking to get good skin. That was all I had to go on but I decided to give it a try.

I started by injecting 4 chicken thighs with 50 ml (1/4 cup) Cajun Injection Creole Butter. Then, I sprinkled 8 ml (1 1/2 tsp) of Louisiana Grills Chicken seasoning on them.


I worked my finger under the skin and rubbed another 8 ml (1 1/2 tsp) of seasoning under the skin.

I put the thighs in a roasting pan, poured any excess Creole Butter over them.


I put a 3 ml (1/2 tsp) pat of butter on each thigh, covered the pan with foil and put it in a 250 F smoker for 40 minutes.


I took the foil off and gave the thighs a brush with the liquid from the pan. I put them on the rack in the smoker and smoked for 30 minutes.

I flipped the thighs and smoked for 30 minutes.


Here is the final result.


I also did a movie of the smoke:



The Verdict

This worked very well. The precook under foil softened the skin up and it had a nice bite through texture and didn't pull away from the chicken when you bit into it. Give it a try, I think you'll like it!

Disco
 
Awesome job on the thighs Disco!

I loved your video!

You get a point for making the carousel!

Al
 
I'd say you did it again knocked another one out points

Richie

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Looks Great Disco!!
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Mighty Tasty!
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I never had Rubbery Chix Thigh Skin, but I always finish them at 275° in my MES just for that reason.

Bear
 
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Great Job Disco, Chicken looks great  I like Crispy !!    
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Gary
 
 
Chicken looks tasty! Nice smoke Disco!
Thanks, Case!
 
Great job Disco,,, will have to give that a try!! POINT

DS 
I appreciate the point, DS!
 
Looks Great Disco!!
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Mighty Tasty!
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I never had Rubbery Chix Thigh Skin, but I always finish them at 275° in my MES just for that reason.

Bear
Thanks for the point Bear. I will mainly use this when doing something else low and slow. It gives a great texture but I still like hot cooked better!
 
Those thighs look beautiful Disco...Point for illustrating a new technique. I'll have to give this a try! Thumbs Up

Red
 
Looks great Disco! 

What you did with that is basically rendered  the fats in the skin with the slow cooking... Nice job
 
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Those thighs look beautiful Disco...Point for illustrating a new technique. I'll have to give this a try!
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Red
Thanks, Red! I was surprised how well it worked.
 
Great vid Disco.   They looked great.

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Thanks, Adam! I appreciate the point!
OFG's showing the rest of us how it's done.
Excellent vid/pics and you made the carousel too.
Point!
Thanks, CR! I am always honoured to get put on the carousel!
 
 
Looks great Disco! 

What you did with that is basically rendered  the fats in the skin with the slow cooking... Nice job
Yes, the skin seemed thinner and more flexible after the foiling. It really made  a difference. Thanks!
We gotta sign a petition to get you on television! As always, really informative. Very interesting technique! Points for sure!
I tried being on TV but She Who Must Be Obeyed always tells me to get down before I fall of. Thanks for the point!
 
Thanks for the great tip Disco, I'd have never thought of that.
Love the video too!
 
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