Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

An easy way to get a flavorful, low budget meal, these Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts are the way to go. They’re the perfect set it, and forget it kinda deal. 

Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

Ever since we bought our smoker, we’ve found reasons to use it. We’ve smoked every meat you could think of, in every normal way.

The whole family has loved everything that’s come out of our smoker. Every. thing. From smoked pork for barbecue, to smoked chicken wings.

Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

While we still regularly cook family favorites, as time has gone on- we’ve been branching out.

To the point where we’ve smoked meatloaf, chicken breast, even creamed corn.

There’s nothing we won’t consider runnin’ through our smoker if it might give it an infusion of great flavor.

Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

We’re no strangers to adding bacon to our smoker game. It gets crispy, crackly and a lovely shade of golden brown when smoked. 

When it’s wrapped around something savory, the delicious juices are absorbed into your smoke dish and soaked right on up. It’s a flavorful experience. One you won’t want to miss.

Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

We’ve done bacon wrapped meatloaf. We’ve even done bacon wrapped smoked corn on the cob. We’ve done bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers before, too.

We’ve finally reached the pinnacle of bacon-wrapped perfection with our Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts.

Oooohhh, yeah. That right there’s the stuff.

Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

You’ve got your chicken breasts, removed of fat and any imperfections. Wrapped in thick cut bacon, because when is bacon not a perfect addition to any recipe? Bacon is always good, makes everything- anything- better.

In a small mixing bowl, brown sugar, chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne are stirred together for a delicious ‘sweet heat’ rub. Sprinkled over the wrapped breasts, the mixture gets physically pressed in, because you don’t want to miss a single bit of this flavor.

Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

You can smoke your chicken directly on the racks, but when wrapped with bacon- they can be prone to sticking, especially in an electric-style smoker.

Knowing this, we choose to make use of the aluminum disposable-style metal 9×13″ tins. We poke a few knife holes in one, layer our prepared meat in it, and then lace a solid one directly underneath the perforated one so any juices fall into it.

I love this option since it’s cheap, efficient, and keeps the fat from accumulating on my meat. With it all accumulating in the drip pan, it also makes clean up a breeze!

Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

Other Smoked Recipes You Might Also Enjoy: Maple Chipotle Smoked Chicken Breast, Smoked Mac & Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar Smoked Creamed Corn, & Smoked Beer Brats with Caramelized Onions.

Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

A sweet, savory combination with just a pinch of heat- this bacon wrapped chicken breast is slow smoked to juicy perfection.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, about 4-5
  • salt & black pepper, to taste
  • smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 lb thick cut bacon
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp chili powder
  • pinch cayenne
Instructions
  1. Trim each breast of fat. Liberally salt & pepper each chicken breast. 

  2. Using the strips of bacon, wrap each breast completely in bacon, tucking & weaving as necessary.

  3. In a small mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Using a fork, stir everything together until evenly incorporated.

  4. Sprinkle the mixture evenly out over the bacon wrapped chicken breasts. Use your hands to press the mixture in, so that it sticks.

  5. Smoke at 275 degrees for 3- 3 1/2 hours, using your favorite chips. Replenish chips half way through the cooking.

  6. Remove the chicken immediately, and wrap the breasts in tin foil and let 'rest' for an hour before opening, and serving. If the bacon isn't crisp enough, you can set it on a pan under the broiler for a couple minutes to crisp up.

 

An easy way to get a flavorful, low budget meal, these Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts are the way to go. They’re the perfect set it, and forget it kinda deal.

3 thoughts on “Sweet Heat Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

  1. Having a smoker must give you so many more possibilities. I would love to have one, but somehow it just hasn’t happened. Maybe if I see enough recipes like this one I’ll get up the energy to get one for myself.

  2. Mmm…I can imagine how tantalizing this must smell while you’re making it! I’m impressed by how many things you’ve done with your smoker. Smoked creamed corn sounds amazing! Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday!

    1. We’ve definitely put it through it’s paces, but it’s been a totally great experience. The corn is great and easy to throw in with the meat. The smell is enough to get your tummy grumbling for hours before dinner’s ready 🙂

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