KFC's New Southern-Inspired Chicken Flavor Will Make BBQ Lovers So, So Happy


There's no such thing as an inopportune time to indulge in some comfort food, so when a new fried chicken flavor hits the scene, obviously you need to grab a plate of your own immediately... if not sooner. Take KFC's Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken, for example. This new dish hits stores July 31 and offers a glimpse of what barbecues of the heavens are like, so it's safe to say you might want to rethink your lunch options for today.


This flavor combines tastes from Memphis and the Carolinas to accompany KFC's Extra Crispy Chicken and sweet (yet smoky) BBQ sauce. It's an amalgamation of tastes, and they're all fantastic, so there's no need to choose between sweet or spicy chicken. Thank you for your inventiveness, KFC. This is one dilemma you've so graciously squared away for all BBQ chicken fans who can't decide what to order.

But before you get too excited and ditch that salad you stored in the company fridge, this dish is currently in its test phase. The limited-time Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken is currently only available in select stores across Indianapolis, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. If this option is a crowd-pleaser — and let's face it, why wouldn't it be? — it'll make its way to stores across the country.


There's no denying that BBQ is definitely having a moment, especially with drinks, believe it or not. Who would've thought that coffee would go well with a slice of beef jerky? Well believe it: Starbucks' latest offering, Pepper Nitro, comes complete with a beef jerky skewer, so you can kickstart the morning right.

But that's not all. Cocktails are getting the smoky, spicy BBQ treatment, and obviously no summer outing is complete without a treat like the Jack and Coke float, right?

Though you might have to wait before for confirmation that the KFC dish is being released nationwide, there are other ways to satiate that BBQ fix you've been craving. Keep the faith, folks.