Pellet Smoker Smoked Chicken Thighs (Cupcake Chicken Thighs)
This recipe is is adapted from Myron Mixon’s cupcake chicken and produces tender, seasoned smoked chicken thighs that everyone will enjoy.
Using your hands carefully peel away skin from chicken thighs.
Lay skins flat on a cutting board and use the back of a knife to gently scrape away excess fat from skins.
Discard fat and set scraped skins aside.
Carefully remove and discard bones from thighs.
Whisk together smoked paprika 3 teaspoons salt garlic powder onion powder cumin cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl until combined.
Sprinkle paprika mixture evenly and liberally over chicken thighs.
Fold each chicken thigh in half crosswise and wrap chicken thigh with one skin.
Smooth the skin with your hands to remove any wrinkles or folds.