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How to Smoke the Best Chicken Thighs in 2 Hours | Paleo Friendly

Learn how to make smoked chicken thighs in two hours or less! It’s as easy as setting them and forgetting in the smoker and they come out so juicy and flavorful.  

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (24 hours marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours + 10 minutes (24 hours marinating time)
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Smoker
  • Cuisine: American



  1. Add all of the ingredients to a zip top bag or a bowl with a lid. 
  2. Mix well to make sure the chicken is coated. 
  3. Place in the fridge for 12-24 hours to marinate, the longer the better. 
  4. When you’re ready to smoke, remove the chicken from the fridge and let it come to room temperature in the marinade while you preheat the smoker. 
  5. If you’re using a Traeger or wood pellet smoker, preheat to 450F. I like to sear my chicken before I smoke it for 5 minutes, it gives more flavor. If you’re using a traditional smoker, you can skip this step, you just may need to smoke a bit longer*.
  6. Place the chicken on the smoker/grill directly from the marinade. DO NOT rise or pat dry. Sear the chicken at 450F for 4-5 minutes. Keep the lid closed during the searing. Flip the chicken, close the lid, and adjust the temperature to 225F. 
  7. Let the chicken smoke for 1 and 1/2-2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165F and the juices are running clear. I like to check my chicken at the 1 and 1/2 hour mark because it’s often done. 
  8. Remove it from the smoker, cover with foil, and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. 



Keywords: chicken, chicken thigh, smoked