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Competition BBQ Chicken Thighs

Traeger Kitchen


Competition BBQ Chicken Thighs

Prep Time

30 Minutes

Cook Time

2 Hours

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Hickory

This BBQ chicken recipe is so delicious that it'll make you king or queen of every potluck, Sunday dinner, and chicken competition.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

8

    Steps

    • 1

      Peel skin off the thighs and reserve. With kitchen shears remove the fat on each side of the chicken thighs.
    • 2

      Trim 1/4 inch off the bottom and top bone knuckle of the chicken thighs. Trim so that the thighs are uniform in size. Trim reserved skin to fit newly trimmed thighs.
    • 3

      Place the skin back on the thighs. Once done with all thighs, inject 1 tablespoon of low sodium chicken broth into each side of the thigh and let rest for 60 minutes.
    • 4

      While resting, season the top of the chicken thighs with Traeger Big Game Rub.
    • 5

      Place in a refrigerator or cold cooler until ready to cook.
    • 6

      Place thighs in a large disposable pan and add the melted butter to the pan as a braising liquid.
    • 7

      When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 250°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
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    • 8

      Slide the whole disposable pan of chicken on the grate and cook for one hour.
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    • 9

      After one hour, wrap the top of the disposable pan in aluminum foil and cook for another hour or until the internal temperature reaches 165℉.
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    • 10

      Once thighs reach internal temperature of 165℉, use tongs to remove each chicken thigh and dunk it into warmed Traeger Apricot BBQ sauce.
    • 11

      Place back in a clean disposable pan and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
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    • 12

      Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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