KFC Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken review

KFC has done it again with their smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken

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KFC has been on a mission the past two years! They are incorporating regional flavors into their repertoire of chicken arsenal! A few years ago Kentucky Fried Chicken introduced their version of Nashville Hot Chicken. Then a year later they introduced Georgia Gold chicken. Now, in 2018 they have released their newest flavor, Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken!

When I saw the Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken released I thought finally, KFC is going to coat this chicken in a nice, thick, smoky tomato-based sauce.

Previously, I did reviews on Nashville Hot and the Georgia Gold chicken. To be honest, I really did not care for either one. My first thoughts on the  Nashville Hot Chicken were the sauce was thin and had an oily finish. I had never tried Nashville Hot Chicken and assumed that was the way the original recipe was. The Georgia Gold, on the other hand, I suspected it would have a nice thick sauce on it similar to what you get from Zaxby’s Hot Honey Mustard sauce (by the way if you have not tried that, you should!). Even still, this was not the case. The sauce was similar to the Nashville Hot with the oily finish.  When I saw the Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken released I thought finally, KFC is going to coat this chicken in a nice, thick, smoky tomato-based sauce. Nope! They went with the oily sauce again.


So what are our thoughts on it? The Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken is by far the best one yet! I truly like their version of it. Even though when I think of Smoky Moutain BBQ Chicken I have a totally different view and taste in mind, this one still hits the spot. As stated above, the sauce is a thin, oily based sauce with spices. It is sweet and not as smoky as I imagined it to be. It has a sort of sugar texture to it and you can taste what I think is chili powder. All in all, it is very good.

Make sure you check out our video review of it below! Let us know in the comments below if you have tried it and what your thoughts were. I really like it myself but I am still longing for a chicken rolled in a thick sauce from KFC. What is your opinion on that?


6 thoughts on “KFC Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken review

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    touringtastebudscom - February 12, 2018

    I keep seeing these commercials and wondered if the chicken was even good! Now I know! It actually looks pretty good too for fast food chicken!

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      Southern Food Junkie - February 15, 2018

      I will say that I am not a huge fan of KFC. This is the best of the three new flavors they offer though. Give it a try and see what you think. Thanks Guys for stopping by!

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    Karla - March 6, 2018

    Just tried the SM BBQ at KFC. Good flavor. I liked the dry rub texture and the sweetness of the sauce was right on! Didn’t really enjoy the greasyness of the sauce. It was almost like they added oil to the yummy smoky BBQ base and basically ruined it. I’ll not be craving this one as I had hoped to. Wishing they could make the oil disappear!

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      Southern Food Junkie - March 6, 2018

      I agree completely. That is my biggest complaint about all three of the regional flavored that KFC has come out with. I was hoping this one was going to be a thick ketchup based sauce like it should be. I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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    ANDREWA - May 2, 2018

    I had the smokey bbq chicken tonight, and for me, the oil sauce was off-putting. It was like eating undrained deep fried chicken, the mouth feel was…wrong. I had hoped it would be the original recipe with a real sauce, or even just a powder on the crispy, either would have been better. I like KFC otherwise, but I don’t think this was thier best.

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      Southern Food Junkie - May 2, 2018

      I agree with you on that. I was really hoping for a nice think smokey and sweet BBQ sauce instead of the oiling texture of this. With all that being said, I found this the be the best of the regional sauces that KFC has offered yet. (Nashville Hot, Georgia Gold, and the Smokey Mtn. bbq). I had the same reply to the other two as well. I really wish the Georgia Gold was more of a honey mustard based sauce like the ones that are in South Carolina on BBQ. Thanks for your comments!

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