Spicy Dry Rubbed Chicken Thighs – Crispy, Juicy, and Delicious!

If you’re looking for an easy recipe that is (almost) impossible to botch – then you’ve found the right one!  This chicken is tender, juicy, packed full of flavor, and so simple to do!  BBQ Chicken is just simply one of my favorites and thighs are not only very inexpensive, they’re so packed with juice and fat that they can slowly cook and let that fat render and baste without drying out.

Spicy Dry Rubbed Chicken Thighs



Take your chicken thighs and trim off any excess skin that is hanging beyond the meat.  This is not only unpleasant but also serves as an eyesore when serving these up.  Hey – I’m a perfectionist and presentation is key.

Pat your chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.


Liberally apply Any Day BBQ’s rub.


Setup your grill for classic indirect heat.  If using charcoal, setup your coals on one side of the grill, leaving the opposite end clear.  If using propane, only light the burners on one side or one half of your grill, depending on the size.  Of course I throw on a smoke pack for that added flavor.  If you’re not familiar with using wood chips on your grill, click HERE to find out how.  It’s very easy!


Let your grill heat up to and maintain a temperature of 350 degrees fahrenheit.  Place your chicken thighs on the opposite end of the grill and close.  This will allow your grill to act as an oven and cook these slowly to perfection!  And I don’t mean perfection like those cheesy cheap restaurant menus claim – in this case, it’s true!


There are two reasons that we cook these indirectly – (1) So we do not burn our thighs, particularly the skin.  There is a lot of fat in chicken thighs and placing them directly over our heat source will cause a lot of flare ups along with burning the skin.  Not to mention there is sugar in our rub which will caramelize and burn which will cause an unpleasant flavor.  THAT.  IS.  NO.  BUENO!  (2) Slowly cooking gives our smoke pack a chance to roll around our chicken, enhancing that rich and spicy flavor from our rub!


After about an hour, open your grill and check your chicken.  The thighs will be tender, crispy, and juicy!


Serve and let the high fives roll in!


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