Bacon Wrapped Barbecued Chicken

Bacon-wrapped chicken thighs are seasoned with dry rub and a ready-made barbecue sauce! Grab extra napkins for this finger-licking good chicken!

Bacon wrapped chicken with pineapple on a black plate

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!

Coating of dry rub on chicken pieces

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.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Recipe with dry rub spices

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.

cooked grilled chicken on bbq grates with foil

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.

For a sugar-free BBQ sauce to keep this meal low carb, be sure to try this thick and delicious low carb bbq sauce.

Bacon wrapped chicken generously topped with barbecue sauce

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!

Grilled pineapple for bacon wrapped chicken recipe
Grilled Pineapple on Skewers

The flavor from the chipotles in the sauce and the pineapple chunks are fabulous together! Learn how to cut a pineapple in this post for the freshest skewers!

I suggest you keep some extra napkins handy for those in-between licks for your fingers!

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This whole meal is scrumptious and I hope you give it a try for yourself!

Bacon wrapped chicken on a white plate

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!

Bacon wrapped chicken with pineapple on a black plate

Bacon Wrapped Chicken With Dry Rub and BBQ Sauce

Finger licking good chicken thighs wrapped in bacon and grilled!
4.95 from 20 votes
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Course: Uncategorized
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 4 Foster Farms leg quarters
  • Subb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Sweet Heat
  • Stubb’s Spice Rub Bar-B-Q
  • 8-12 slices bacon
  • 1 Pineapple 24 chunks
  • 8 skewers
  • brown sugar
  • coconut flakes


  • Heat grill on medium heat.
  • Generously season chicken with spice rub and wrap each piece of chicken with 2-3 slices of bacon.
  • Place a sheet of foil over the grates and place chicken on foil. Cook meat until it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit (about 20-30 minutes, turning once). Coat chicken with Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Sauce and place directly on grill grates. Grill for 30-60 seconds on each side. Remove from grill.
  • For Pineapple Skewers thread three chunks on each skewer. Sprinkle with brown sugar (optional) and grill for 4-8 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with coconut flakes.


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

This post has been compensated in 2015 by Foster Farms Foster Farms Fresh & Natural Chicken and Stubb’s. As always, all opinions are The Foodie Affair’s alone.

Bacon wrapped chicken on a black plate


Grilled bacon wrapped chicken full of flavor using a rub and bbq sauce and grilling using the indirect method. #grill #keto

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  1. I’m so excited that BBQ season is finally upon us and with a freezer full of meat I can’t wait to start the coals and slap some chicken on the grill. These bacon wrapped chicken quarters are making me drool and that sweetness of the pineapple mixing so well with it? Talk about heaven!

  2. Ive always wondered how people didnt burn the bacon when they grilled it… foil? Im such a noob! I have the chicken wrapped in bacon to go on our grill this evening! Thanks so much for the great tip!

  3. We are big BBQ people and I’ve used Stubbs brand for years. The bacon would all so much flavor to that chicken. This recipe sounds amazing!

  4. I love your technique of wrapping the chicken in bacon, everything looks wonderful, I will have to give it a try!

  5. Mmmm… congrats you earned yourself a pitmaster bragging right! These look delicious! Didn’t have the chance to taste these delicious sauces and rubs yet but I heard some good things about them!

    I signed up hoping your pitmaster experience enflamed a newborn passion and more BBQ posts will follow haha. (btw: you should try to BBQ in winter too! To me autumn and winter are my favorite seasons to cook outside 🙂 )


  6. I’ve been to Stubb’s in Austin. They have great bbq and sauce. Their original sauce is good and I’d like to try this sweet heat version soon. You had be at bacon, so you know I’ll be trying this very soon.

  7. Yum! Chicken, bacon, and BBQ is an awesome combo. I make a BBQ bacon wrapped meatball for the family, so I know bacon wrapped chicken smothered in BBQ sauce is super tasty.

  8. Your using one of my favorite bar b que brands. I haven’t seen that spice rub though! This recipe is going into my recipe box for sure!

    1. Hi Karen! I used a knife and fork to cut into the chicken and the bacon didn’t break apart like I like my bacon strips to with breakfast meals. You can leave it on direct heat longer, but I didn’t want to chance drying out the meat.