Davy Crockett Smoked Chicken Thighs – Phoenix AZ

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Spent a few days enjoying the sights and sounds of Phoenix, Arizona. Discovered, of all things, Canyon Lake just a short drive from Phoenix - great day trip - who knew! The sunsets were majestic and provided a wonderful backdrop while smoking Chicken Thighs for dinner.

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake, about 40 miles east of Phoenix is one of the four lakes created by dams on the Salt River. Unusual rock formations, scenic red rock canyon walls combine desert flora create its southwestern natural beauty. 

The Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Tailgater is ideal for the two of us while on the road and/or at home. A Pellet Grill requires power and this unit allows me to use a 12 Volt deep cycle battery, or a 120V AC/DC converter plugged into my RV or generator. Makes it great for those times when you're Boondocking too.

Chicken Thighs, like Pork, are sponges when exposed to smoke. Hickory, Cherry, Walnut, or Apple pellets are wonderful for chicken. I prefer to rub Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a variety of rubs/spices on and under the skin before smoking the chicken thighs for an hour first.

Preheat the Davy Crockett to 230ºF and smoke for an hour. Bump the pit temp to 375ºF and roast until the internal temperature reaches 180ºF. Always cook to internal temperatures and use recipe times for planning purposes only. The thighs should take about 2 hours. Rest the thighs under a foil tent for 15 minutes before serving.

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