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Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts Recipe
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Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts

Bacon Wrapped Smoked Chicken Breasts are brined, dusted with a dry rub, and wrapped in bacon to ensure each bite is packed with smoky flavor!
Prep Time2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 479kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 12 thin strips of low sodium bacon
  • 1 recipe BBQ Dry Rub
  • 3 chunks cherry wood most other smoking hardwoods can be substituted if desired

Brine

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorns
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed

Instructions

  • Boil all of the brining ingredients in a saucepan until the sugar and salt have fully dissolved. Let cool completely. (This step can be done up to a day ahead)
  • Pour brine into a gallon bag, add chicken breasts and seal after removing most of the air. Place in the refrigerator for two hours, flipping once to ensure consistent brining.
  • Remove chicken from brine and rinse off under running water to ensure the breast isn't overly salty on the exterior.
  • Liberally apply your favorite BBQ Dry Rub to the chicken breast, or use my dry rub recipe.
  • Lay two strips of bacon on a cutting board and place your chicken breast on top (larger breasts may need three). Starting at one end, wrap bacon tightly around the breast, securing each end with a toothpick.
  • Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  • Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees and add 3 chunks of cherry wood on top of the charcoal. (or per your manufacturer's instructions)
  • Smoke until the chicken breast reach 165 degrees on a digital thermometer, ~60-90 minutes. Flip once during cooking halfway though.
  • Remove from the smoker and let rest for 5 minutes prior to serving.

Notes

Using thin strips of bacon helps ensure the bacon will crisp during cooking. This will be more difficult to achieve with thick cut bacon. This is the same reason we are cooking at 275 degrees rather than a lower temperature.
Aim for 275 degrees, however anything between 250 - 300 degrees will get great results.
Your cooking time can vary greatly depending on the thickness of the chicken breast.
If YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE check out how to make Smoked Whole Chicken with Blackened Seasoning!

Nutrition

Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 5280mg | Potassium: 943mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.2mg