To begin, brine your chicken thighs. To do this you will prepare your chicken thighs by removing any extra skin or fat from your chicken thighs and then add them to a large bowl. Cover in water and add garlic salt. Refrigerate for one hour.
When you remove your chicken thighs from the fridge, after they have sat in your brine for an hour, you can begin preparing them to smoke. To do this, remove them from the water, and gently cover them in olive oil. Be sure to pull the skin away from the edges of it that will get slightly underneath the skin as well as on top. Sprinkle your chicken thighs with paprika, seasoning salt, and garlic and herb seasoning, working it under the skin and on top. Roll the skin securely around your thighs, now they are ready to smoke.
Preheat your smoker to 275°F
Once preheated gently place you are prepared chicken thighs on your smoker skin side down. Insert a meat probe into the biggest chicken thigh and close your smoker. Smoke for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 175°F.
Please note that we recommend your internal temperature reaches 175°F for best results, however, your internal temperature must reach at least 165°F for your chicken to be safe to eat.
Tired, when your internal temperature is reached, you can flip the chicken thighs over and smoke for an additional 10 or 15 minutes on the remaining side. Then remove from your grill allowed to rest then serve, enjoy!
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The amount of time it takes for your chicken thighs to smoke may vary. You can count on at least 45 minutes of cook time, however, it is likely to take longer to reach your internal temperature. Smoked chicken thighs must reach an internal temperature of 165°F before you can eat them. However, for best results, we recommend smoking your chicken thighs until they reach the internal temperature of 175°F.
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