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Smoked and Fried Buttermilk Chicken Thighs

Smoked and Fried Buttermilk Chicken Thighs

What’s better than fried chicken? SMOKED Fried chicken!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Brining time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 988kcal
Author Mat Cotton


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • dry rub suitable for chicken


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper ground

For the coating:

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tbsp  salt
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • honey to serve


  • Prepare your brine by mixing 2 cups buttermilk with salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper in a large PLASTIC bowl, deep enough to submerge all your chicken pieces.
  • Fully submerge your chicken thighs in the buttermilk brine and place in fridge overnight, or at least for 4-5 hours.
  • Prepare your smoker to 230-260F, using a light fruit wood for the smoking wood.
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk and wipe off excess.
  • Place chicken on wire rack over aluminum tray and apply your dry rub to both sides of chicken thighs.
  • Smoke chicken thighs for around 45 minutes, or until you are happy with the color, or until chicken reaches 135-140F.
  • While the chicken is smoking, mix together all your flour coating ingredients in a large bowl, and in another large bowl, place another 2 cups of buttermilk.
  • 10 mins before chicken is finished, prepare your deep fryer to 300-325F.
  • Submerge a piece of chicken thigh in the buttermilk and then toss liberally in the flour mix.
  • Repeat step 9 to double coat for extra crispiness.
  • Gently place the coated thigh in a deep fryer, and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until golden. Internal temp should be 165+ F. Cook in batches of 2-3.
  • Drain and keep warm in a low oven while repeating steps 9-11 as necessary.
  • Drizzle with honey and enjoy!


Sodium: 3794mg | Calcium: 203mg | Vitamin C: 7mg | Vitamin A: 663IU | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 812mg | Cholesterol: 235mg | Calories: 988kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Fat: 42g | Protein: 48g | Carbohydrates: 60g | Iron: 6mg