Wanting to fire up the smoker (which I hadn’t done for awhile) I purchased some chicken thighs which always turn out great. I sprinkled them fairly well on both sides with Chipotle BBQ rub from Knox’s Spice Co. These folks make some amazing products!
I got the smoker lit and humming at 225, and put in the thighs. Not having any “unusual” sauces to try, I did have a bottle of Garland Jack’s Secret Six Sweet Brown Sugar Sauce, which I thought would go nicely with the zing of the chipotle. The sauce was a good thickness, and it was indeed brown sugary. I had just picked up the sauce at a local grocery store on sale. The Chipotle Rub was fresh and smoky and flavorful, with great heat.
I let the chicken get about 1/2 or 3/4 of the way done and then I started basting them with sauce.
This chicken was awesome. As I had hoped, the chipotle rub went well with the sweet BBQ sauce!
A word of caution and a rookie mistake! I always let the smoker open up in the final stages to try and get a bit of a crisp on the chicken. My smoker is on our patio in full view of the living room, and partial view of the kitchen. Those chicken thighs were very fatty, and I had a lot of fat accumulate in the water pan. I don’t use water in my water pan, but a clay flower pot which seems to work well. Anyway, after dinner I went out to clean up and the paint was all gray and burned off of the top middle section (I had left the lid off).Black paint was on the patio surrounding the smoker. Clearly the fat had flashed and created a hot, brief fire. I was none the wiser the whole time, eating in the kitchen. Kind of scary. Don’t leave your smoker unattended and/or out of view!