Preparing Chicken Thighs For Smoking
I like to prepare the chicken the day before so the seasoning can get into themeat but you don’t have to do that. You may be reading this to make dinner ina few hours. No worries. Either way works. 1. Take the meat out of the package and rinse it off with cold water. 2. Add your rub or seasonings all over each chicken thigh. I like to put the rub into a ziplock bag, add a piece or two of chicken, then shake it round until the pieces are evenly coated. Add seasoning to the bag as needed. Discard extra seasoning. DO NOT KEEP IT if chicken has touched it. I usually toss the bag and the seasoning after coating all the chicken. 3. Put the chicken into a container and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to smoke, or if you’re ready to smoke, head for the grill.
How to Grill Chicken Thighs
* * *Grilling chicken thighs is quite easy, so don’t be intimidated. Here’severything you need to know about grilling thighs!Whether you’re cooking thighs or drumsticks, this method is the best way tocook them on the grill.
Competition Smoked Chicken Thighs And Other Meats
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How long to grill these chicken thighs?
Ask five cooks about how long to grill chicken thighs and you will most likelyget 5 different answers. The minimum safe internal temperature is 165F,according to USDA. Yet, unlike chicken breasts, chicken thighs usually tastebetter when cooked well past 165F mark. It’s because red chicken meat istougher than white meat and only benefits from longer cooking and higherinternal temperature to become more tender. This comes at the expense of meatlosing water and becoming dryer, but red chicken meat also has more fat so itdoesn’t taste dry even if cooked to 180F or 185F. That’s what I target fordry-rubbed grilled chicken thighs as they taste best when cooked to thistemperature.Now, marinated chicken thighs behave slightly differently. Even before chickenthighs hit the grill, the meat has already been tenderized by the marinade.That’s why it’s recommended to marinate overnight or even 24 hours for bestresults. Marinated chicken thighs will be very tender at 165F internal, or atleast that’s what my experience has been. Kingsford guys also recommendgrilling chicken thighs to 165F internal. And, of course, thighs are quite abit juicier if cooked to this temperature as they won’t lose as much moisturecompared to when cooked to a higher internal temperature. But that’s, ofcourse, a matter of taste. If you like your thighs cooked a little more, thereis nothing wrong with that.If you are after a very juicy, succulent grilled chicken thigh – marinate itovernight and don’t overcook.
Serving Smoked Chicken Thighs
One way to check the doneness of your smoked chicken is to wiggle the exposedbone ends. If it’s really flexible, it’s probably done. If you use athermometer, poke it at its thickest part. You’re looking for a temperature ofabout 160 keeping in mind that the chicken will continue to cook after youtake it off the grill. It will reach the perfect temperature of 165°F by thetime you are ready to eat. Try not to poke a piece more than once because theinside juices may start leaking out. Juices you’d rather enjoy yourself thangetting into your grill. If you set your pellet smoker grill to 250°F, figureabout 30-45 minutes of smoke time per pound.
Chicken Thighs On A Pellet Smoker Grill – Easy Smoked Chicken Thighs
Smoked chicken is one of my favorite smoked meats and chicken thighs are myfavorite part of the chicken. So it only makes sense to master this meat.Fortunately, smoking chicken on a pellet smoker is easy to do and it doesn’ttake that long to do either. Watch my video below and you’ll see what I mean.Chicken thighs are part of the leg and drumstick, cut just above the knee.It’s referred to as dark meat and has extra fat that makes it darker. This isjust fine with me because fat = flavor especially if you’re going to smoke it.Thighs tend to be very tender, flavorful, and as a bonus, cheaper thanbreasts.
Marinating chicken thighs before grilling
Whether or not using skin-on or skinless thighs, marinating chicken thighsbefore grilling is always a great idea. Not only marination will flavorizechicken meat inside out with salt and seasonings, it will also tenderize it.The meat will also absorb some moisture during marination, similar to whathappens during brining, and will come off the grill much juicier. In otherwords, if you want truly succulent grilled chicken thighs, you’ve got tomarinate them. But that process is slow, so make sure to marinate the chickenovernight for best results, or at least for a few hours. No meat can beproperly marinated in 20 minutes, unless it’s cut paper thin.”