Bacon wrapped chicken thighs are seasoned with dry rub and a ready-made barbecue sauce! Grab extra napkins for this finger licking good chicken!
This post has been compensated by Foster Farms Foster Farms Fresh & Natural Chicken and Stubb’s. As always, all opinions are The Foodie Affair’s alone.
Barbecued Bacon Wrapped Chicken
I have a fabulous grilled chicken dish that I’m quite proud of. Not only are the flavors from Stubb’s Bar-B-Q spice rub and sauce scrumptious together with chicken and bacon, but I grilled this complete meal including pineapple skewers by myself! Proud moment here.
Can I get an applause please?!
You know when you want something done on YOUR timeline, and not during half-time of the football game or between good or bad plays?
Yeah, that’s what prompted me to fire up the grill on my own.
Plus, I was getting Hangry and I knew that 30 minutes was my absolute breaking point before the hunger-angry crazies would set in, so win-win!
Alan got to watch the game uninterrupted and I got my belly fed just in time!
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs With or Without The Skin?
For this recipe like the taste of grilled dark meat and these chicken leg quarters are intensified with spice rub and barbecue sauce!
You can absolutely grill chicken thighs without the skin, but here are some of the reasons I prefer to grill chicken with the skin.
- The fat from the skin locks in moisture adding to a delicious rich flavor to the meat.
- Chicken thighs have more flavor than breasts.
- A layer of rub between the skin and flesh adds additional flavor.
How to grill chicken with dry rub and barbecue sauce
Believe it or not, we are still enjoying summer-like weather here in California and there is a good indication that we will be grilling our foods past the Thanksgiving holiday!
Even with daylight savings time change grilling outdoors makes evening meals and entertaining a snap!
First, generously sprinkled the rub on all sides of the chicken. Go ahead and add some of the rub between the flesh of the chicken and skin. The skin helps keep the meat tender, but the flavor is deep into the chicken.
After coating the chicken with the rub take 2-3 pieces of bacon and wrapped them around the chicken.
Tuck the loose ends of bacon between each other or secure the bacon with toothpicks.
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken – Indirect Method
Grill the chicken using the indirect grilling method by placing the chicken pieces on a sheet of foil over the hot grill grates.
Let the chicken cook up on the grill for about 25 minutes total on medium heat, and gently flipped the chicken over once during that time frame.
We have a gas grill that cooks hot, so you may need to adjust the time depending on the temperament of your grill.
Internal Temperature of Grilled Chicken
The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165° F.
For the most accurate reading, insert the tip of a digital thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh.
When To Add The BBQ Sauce
The best time to sauce the chicken is when it’s nearly cooked (160F). Wait until it is no more than a few minutes away from being done before saucing the chicken.
I lathered each chicken leg up with the sauce and then removed the chicken from the foil placing the chicken directly on the grill racks.
Cook for an additional 30-60 seconds on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
A nice glaze forms with this quick direct heat method.
What To Serve With Grilled Chicken
I finished this meal with grilled pineapple skewers that I sprinkled with raw brown sugar (my pineapple wasn’t as sweet as I had hoped), and topped it with coconut flakes adding a touch of tropical flavor!
The flavor from the chipotles in the sauce and the pineapple chunks are fabulous together! I suggest you keep some extra napkins handy for those in-between licks for your fingers!
You also might enjoy these recipes!
- Green bean and potato salad – Serve warm or at room temperature. You’ll love the balsamic dressing on this salad.
- Low Carb Potato Salad – made the traditional way, but with cauliflower instead of potatoes.
- Mom’s Macaroni Salad – Old fashioned creamy pasta salad. A family favorite!
- Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad – A mix of fruit and veggies with a light poppy seed dressing.
This whole meal is scrumptious and I hope you give it a try for yourself!
You’ll find Foster Farms fresh chicken in the meat section at the back of your grocery store, and a variety of Stubb’s sauces, marinades and rubs to choose from near the salad dressings. I chose the Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce, and the Bar-B-Q Spice Rub for this recipe!
- 4 Foster Farms leg quarters
- Subb's Bar-B-Q Sauce, Sweet Heat
- Stubb's Spice Rub, Bar-B-Q
- 8-12 slices bacon
- PINEAPPLE SKEWERS
- 1 Pineapple, 24 chunks
- 8 skewers
- brown sugar
- coconut flakes