Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs - These are not your average barbecue chicken kebabs. This is a bacon lover's dream come true!

These bacon paste bbq chicken kebabs are absolutely one of the best things to come off our grill recently. Well, besides my husband’s fabulous ribs, of course!

It may be a weird method and make you take pause but you must try this recipe.

Smoky bacon, barbecue grilled chicken is a bacon lover’s dream come true. My husband talked about this chicken for days.

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Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs - bacon paste processed in the food processor bowl

Use the food processor and whir up the bacon paste recipe. Strange, right?

In a food processor, combine the kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, dark brown sugar, and raw bacon. Pulse until completely smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs - bacon paste in a white mixing bowl

Stir in 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce to combine.

Add the meat pieces, mix with hands, and rub the paste to coat the chicken until its completely coated. This step is a little tricky. You might want to wear gloves for this part, I did.

You can use chicken breast also just be sure to adjust the grilling time accordingly. They tend to dry out way faster.

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs - chicken pieces covered in bacon paste in a white bowl

Cover and marinate for at least 1 hour.

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs on a hot grill

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Skewer the chicken and grill about 5 minutes per side or until nearly cooked through.

If using bamboo skewers or wooden skewers be sure to soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from burning.

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs grilled on a hot grill

Brush with the barbecue sauce and cook another minute each side.

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs on a wooden cutting board

Serve and enjoy!

Check out our Strawberry Shortcake. It’s a great recipe for dessert!

Chicken Bacon Kebabs Recipe

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs - These are not your average barbecue chicken kebabs. This is a bacon lover's dream come true!
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Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs – These are not your average barbecue chicken kebabs. This is a bacon lover’s dream come true!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: BBQ, Grilling, Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, chicken, kebabs, paste
Servings: 4
Calories: 568kcal
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 8 oz barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 6 slices uncooked bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 2-3 tablespoons barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • In a food processor, combine the kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, dark brown sugar, and bacon. Pulse until completely smooth. Stir in 2-3 tablespoons of barbecue sauce to combine.
  • Put the chicken pieces in a bowl and then rub with the bacon paste. Once well coated, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers.
  • Light the grill and heat to medium-high.
  • Place the kebabs on the preheated grill. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until nearly cooked through.
  • Brush the kebabs with the barbecue sauce and cook for an additional minute or two on each side.
  • Serve with the remaining BBQ sauce, if desired.

Notes

You can use chicken breasts but you might need to adjust the cooking time. We prefer thighs, they don’t tend to dry out as quick.

Nutrition

Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 237mg | Sodium: 2261mg | Potassium: 865mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1975IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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  1. Reply

    OMG. I can’t wait to try these. My husband loves BBQ and bacon. I meat lovers dream.
    Thanks for shairng,
    Bev

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Beverly! Your husband is going to flip over these chicken kebabs. 😉

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  4. Reply

    5 stars
    I made these for our Fathers Day event. They were a hot commodity. My kids fought over them! They were absolutely marvelous!

    1. Reply

      I’m so happy you guys enjoyed the kebabs! Thank you so much for stopping by just to let us know. My husband was requesting these again just recently. 🙂

      1. Reply

        I forgot to mention that I included pineapple and bacon to the kebabs…

        1. Reply

          Oh, that sounds delish! We will try that next time. Thanks!

  5. Reply

    4 stars
    Very good, BUT, next time I’ll cut the cayenne down to one tsp, two was a little too spicy.

  6. Reply

    5 stars
    After saving this recipe nearly 6 months, I finally made these for the 4th of July. Used breast meat as we had that on hand already. OMG, I will be making this again.

    Originally I saved this for the bacon paste which I wanted to add to my dry rubbed smoked wings, I will certainly be doing a combo of my standard dry rub along with the addition of the paste for some future wings, until then I plan to re-do this with thigh meat as suggested.

    1. Reply

      We are so HAPPY to hear you loved this recipe! It’s one of our favorites!

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