The easiest BBQ Smoked Pulled Chicken recipe you will ever make! This juicy smoked chicken is perfect for making sandwiches, tacos, and more!
This recipe is hands down one of the best ways to enjoy smoked shredded chicken either as a sandwich on tacos or on its own.
Made with boneless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, barbecue sauce, and of course some smoky flavor, this pulled chicken recipe will become one of the family's favorite recipes in your house.
Smoked Pulled Chicken BBQ
My brand new Recteq 700 Pellet Smoker arrived and I had to cook something after I burned it off for the first time but it was too clean and pretty to destroy it on the first cook.
I decided to smoke some boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts in the pan with my favorite dry rub and smoke it for a few hours to make some shredded chicken.
The results were fantastic and I didn't dirty up my new pellet smoker at all.
Smoked Pulled Chicken Ingredient List
Chicken. For this recipe, I smoked 3 lbs of boneless and skinless chicken breast and chicken thighs. I enjoy a mix of both in my sandwiches, but if your personal preference is one over the other, you can do all of the same cut of chicken.
For cooking. Grab 1 tbsp of avocado oil; this will be used for cooking.
How to Make BBQ Smoked Pulled Chicken
Prepare the chicken. Trim the chicken breasts and thighs removing any excess fat on bone fragments.
Season the chicken. Once the chicken has been trimmed, combine the bouillon powder and the bbq dry rub, then season the chicken on both sides.
Smoke the chicken. Heat the smoker to 275 degrees F. and place the chicken directly on the pellet grill (or any smoker/grill). Cook the chicken for about 90 minutes.
Transfer and continue smoking. Transfer the chicken to an aluminum foil pan, pour in bbq sauce and chicken broth, and continue to smoke uncovered for another hour until the thighs reach an internal temperature of about 185 degrees F.
Shred the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked use tongs, forks, or your hands with heat-protective gloves to shred the chicken and combine it with the sauce. You can also use a hand mixer to shred the chicken quickly.
Enjoy. Plate and serve with rolls, cole slaw, and extra sauce!
Recipe Tips, Tricks, and Variations
Extra juicy chicken. Looking for extra juicy chicken? Consider mixing apple cider and melted butter and inject it into the chicken.
Sweetness. If you are looking to add some sweetness to your chicken, consider using light or dark brown sugar.
Cooking Oil. If you don't have or don't enjoy avocado oil, you can substitute it with olive oil.
Different Flavor. If you are looking to season your chicken with other spices, consider fan favorites like garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Hot sauce. Looking to give your bbq smoked chicken a kick? Turn up the heat by adding in your favorite hot sauce.
Helpful Kitchen Tools. Great items to have handy include aluminum foil, an instant read thermometer or digital thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken at the thickest part of the breast or thigh, paper towel, and a cutting board.
Aluminum Cooking Pan. Use an aluminum pan to keep your pellet smoker clean, plus you can serve the smoked pulled chicken right in the pan
High Fat or Low Fat. If you want to reduce the fat, you can smoke just chicken breast. The final product will be a little less moist but still quite tasty. Inverse, if you want the moistest smoked pulled chicken, you can use all chicken thighs
What to Serve with Pulled Chicken
Make this a complete family meal and serve up your pulled chicken with coleslaw.
You don't need a lot but the creamy crunchy cabbage adds texture to the sandwich.
Why is my Skin Not Crispy?
Since this recipe uses skinless chicken, you won't have crispy skin with this chicken.
However, if you are looking to have crispy chicken skin and then pull the chicken from the bone, you can smoke an entire chicken or make a spatchcock chicken, cook it, and then shred it.
Making Pulled Chicken In a Crockpot
I know not everyone has a smoker but rest assured you can still make pulled chicken.
Just season the chicken as you would and place it in your crockpot. pour in the chicken broth off to the side so you don't rinse off the seasoning.
Pour in the BBQ sauce of your choice and cook on high for about 4-6 hours. If you want to add that wood flavor, add 2 tsp of Liquid Smoke.
Once the chicken is tender, you can shred it and save it right in the crockpot for amazing almost smoked, pulled chicken bbq.
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BBQ Smoked Pulled Chicken
- Pellet grill or Crockpot
- 1 Aluminum Foil Pan
- Trim the thighs removing any excess fat on bone fragments. Combine the bouillon powder and the bbq dry rub, then season the chicken on both sides.
- Heat the smoker to 275 degrees F. and place the chicken thighs directly on the pellet grill (or any smoker/grill). Cook for about 90 minutes.
- transfer the Chicken to an aluminum foil pan, pour in bbq sauce and chicken broth, and continue to smoke uncovered for another hour until the thighs reach an internal temperature of about 185 degrees F.
- Once the chicken is cooked use tongs, forks, or your hands with heat-protective gloves to shred the chicken and combine it with the sauce. You can also use a hand mixer to shred the chicken quickly.
- Serve with rolls, cole slaw, and extra sauce.