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Smoked Turkey Thighs

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I’ve developed a method to fend off the chewiness of smoked skin and ensuring that the meat doesn’t dry out. Brining the thigh prior to smoking will give you a nice flavorful and moist thigh and then grilling it over direct heat will add the finishing touch of nice crispy skin. This takes some time but most of it is unattended. Next time, leave the legs behind and pick up some turkey thighs, they’re meatier, tastier and cheaper!
  Turkey thighs 2
  Water 1 Quart
  Kosher salt 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon (for brushing)
  Bbq sauce 2 Tablespoon (Favorite)

Mix water, salt and sugar in a gallon bag. Add turkey thighs and brine in refrigerator for 2 hours and up to 4 hours.

After brining, remove thighs and pat dry. Salt thighs, then place thighs on a wire cooling rack set over a rimmed sheet and let air dry for 4 hours in the refrigerator. This prevents the skin from getting rubbery.

Prepare grill for smoking using the indirect heat method. Soak a handful of wood chips in water for 30 minutes, drain and place in a smoker box or an aluminum foil pack with punched holes. Heat grill to 240°F and place smoker box or foil pack on grill rack. Note: I leave the center flame on (for a gas grill) or just the side flame on and place my woodchip container on the grill rack directly over the flames. Brush olive oil over thighs and add additional salt and pepper if desired.

Place thighs on grill on the indirect heat side (no flames or coals) and smoke for 3 to 4 hours. This means keeping the lid on and only periodically checking the woodchips to see if they need to be replenished.

When the thighs have finished smoking, turn the grill on high heat. Brush smoked thighs you’re your favorite barbeque sauce and grill over high heat, turning and coating with sauce frequently until well coated and slightly charred, about 5 to 8 minutes.

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Recipe Summary

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 795 Calories from Fat 528

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 59 g90.7%

Saturated Fat 2.1 g10.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 2322 mg96.8%

Total Carbohydrates 15 g5%

Dietary Fiber 0 g

Sugars 7.6 g

Protein 53 g106.8%

Vitamin A 2.1% Vitamin C 1.8%

Calcium 0.02% Iron 0.47%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Smoked Turkey Thighs Recipe