Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken – THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken - THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon

This Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken recipe came from Plain Chicken reader, Jennifer. She emailed it to me back in January and we’ve been making it ever since! Y’all! This chicken is SOOOO good! This recipe is unique because chicken is coated in BACON! You rub a BBQ bacon paste on all the chicken and throw it on the grill. Before you take it off the grill, brush it with an easy Bourbon BBQ Sauce.

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken - THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon

The chicken is coated in a BBQ Bacon paste. To make the paste you put RAW bacon and seasonings in the food processor and let it process into a paste. Spread that paste all over the chicken and then place it on the grill. You can do this ahead of time if you prefer. You can make the paste and refrigerate it or make the paste and coat the chicken and then refrigerate.

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken - THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon

We could not stop raving about this chicken. We ended up making it twice in a week. It tasted fantastic! We ate it for lunch and leftover for dinner. I even ate some of the leftovers in a wrap for lunch one day. Add this to your menu ASAP!

We love to serve this BBQ chicken with some baked beans, and mac & cheese. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this grilled chicken:

chicken on the grill

Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken – THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion power, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, uncooked and chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken (breasts, tenders, or thighs)
  • 1 cup prepared BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup bourbon

Instructions:

  • In a food processor, combine uncooked bacon, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, and brown sugar. Pulse until smooth.
  • Put chicken in a bowl or dish and rub with bacon paste until well coated.
  • Whisk together BBQ sauce and bourbon.
  • Grill chicken until done – 12 to 15 minutes. Brush chicken on both sides with BBQ sauce mixture and cook an additional minute.
  • Serve with remaining BBQ sauce.

Notes:

If you don’t want to use the different seasonings in the bacon paste, you can substitute 6 Tbsp of BBQ seasoning.
Please note the bacon is used RAW in the chicken rub.
Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken - THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon
Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken - THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon
Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken - THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon
Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken - THE BEST chicken EVER! Chicken coated in a BBQ Bacon paste and brushed with Bourbon BBQ sauce. Chicken, bacon, bourbon, bbq sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, brown sugar. We made this twice in one week it was SO good. Even our picky eaters asked for seconds! Make this!! #grilling #chicken #grilledchicken #bacon

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Comments

  1. C-horse & Unknown there is no bacon in the BBQ sauce. It is only in the spice mixture that you put on the chicken before cooking it, the only thing that is added to the sauce would be the bourbon.

    Now, I do have a question for Stephanie. I do not have any bourbon or hard liquor in my house, is there something that I could sub for the bourbon?

  2. Recipe says to serve with remaining BBQ sauce, but the bacon in the BBQ is uncooked. Is that a problem from the perspective of eating raw pork products? Or are you supposed to heat up the leftover BBQ sauce?

    1. Um, no. The remaining BBQ sauce is the BBQ sauce that is combined with the bourbon. It is totally fine to serve with the chicken.

    2. That makes no sense, but it is your kitchen.

      Just so you understand, the bacon mixture is only on the chicken that is being cooked. The leftover BBQ sauce is the BBQ sauce that is mixed with bourbon. There is raw pork in bottled BBQ sauce and bourbon.

    3. No bacon is in the BBQ sauce. If you have leftover paste, combine it with the BBQ sauce and bourbon and bring to a boil and let simmer for 8-10 min. If that does not do it for you I'm out of suggestions and you may need another recipe to try.

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