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Candied Bacon wrapped around Chicken and Grilled on Memphis Wood Fired Grill

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This “football food” Bacon Candy Chicken Bites Recipe will quickly become a crowd favorite. It’s simple to prep ahead of time and only takes 30-45 minutes to cook on the grill. You want be missing any of the action cooking this recipe!

I start with boneless chunks of chicken (I prefer the thighs but you could use breast), and wrap them in thin sliced bacon secured with a toothpick.

Each piece gets coated with a spicy-brown sugar seasoning which turns into a sticky-sweet coating on the outside. Run the grill at 375 or medium high heat and cook the chicken bites until the bacon is brown and caramelized about 45 minutes.

Serve the bacon candy chicken bites with your favorite sauces. Captain Rodney’s Peach Boucan BBQ Sauce or my Killer Hogs Vinegar sauce go great but really any type of sauce would work.

Just be sure to make a lot of these chicken bites because they will get devoured!

Bacon Candy Chicken Bites Recipe
– 16oz Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (white meat can be substituted)
– 12 slices Bacon (cut in half)
– ½ cup Brown Sugar
– 2 Tablespoons Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub
– 2 Tablespoons Turbinado Sugar
– ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1. Prepare Smoker or Grill for indirect cooking at 375⁰
2. Cut each thigh into bite size portions. Wrap each piece with ½ slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
3. Combine the brown sugar, bbq rub, turbinado, and cayenne in a small bowl and sprinkle over all sides of the bacon wrapped chicken.
4. Place the chicken bites onto the grill and cook for about 45 minutes or until the bacon is completely brown and sticky. (I cook them on a small rack to make it easier).
5. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.

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greg schultz says:

That Really Looks Great ,Maybe A Chunk Of Jalapeño In There ??? Thank You 😊 Nice Job 👍

Michael Hooks says:

i'm proud you take dainty bites for the camera/people, but we all know deep inside you gotta eat these like popcorn chicken, pop the whole thing in for flavor explosion time! keep up the excelllent work, malcolm, love ALL your vids….

Kelly Fagan says:

I have been meaning to send you a thank you for perhaps the best appetizer ever. This is my go to pre dinner awsomeness snack. People cannot believe how great these are. Everyone who tries these must make them for their next get together. Thank you so much. Please keep up the great work.

Joseph Miller says:

If I would do these on my grill would I do it over indirect heat?

Chris 82 says:

Soo much for my diet….lol good stuff brotha, I'll be definitely giving these a try on game day! Let's go Patriots!

Jeremy Doak says:

Taking them to a 4th of July BBQ today can’t wait to try them out

Mystic Souls says:

Do you have a restaurant?

Scott Bable says:

How long would you cook these using beef instead of chicken?

Tyler Kuemmerle says:

This guy has a grill for every day of the month

Ken Hartley says:

If I'm doing these on my Big Green Egg, would I cook them on these cooking racks with or without the convEEGtor?

Ben says:

These were incredibly delicious… brought them to a party (about 30 bites) they ran out in a matter of minutes…. one pack of thigh (about 1.8 lbs) worked just about perfectly with one pack of bacon… When I do these again, I'll be sure to make more!

Paul Bush says:

I'm dying for these to finish. 5 more minutes. Thanks for sharing this Malcolm. Super easy to prepare. Dying to eat them.

Ernest Gibson says:

The kids loved these. Only problem with them is I didn't make enough. I think we could eat about 4 dozen of these. Thanks for the video. Have a great day.

TED Schmitt says:

The dislikes must be vegetarians.

sweetboo1022 says:

Put a nice slice of jalapeno on top the chicken before wrapping in bacon & it will blow ur mind

MegaDmoney14 says:

Is it possible to do this with an oven?? Sorry don’t have a grill at the moment

Matt D says:

I have made these a few times and everyone loves them. You are the king of the grill and smoker. I have been watching your videos for years and honestly, I must say your are my first choice when it comes to smoking or grilling recipes. Thank you.

Chris Berry says:

Once again I come to you to save the day!! This is happening!

Ferdinand Carson says:

Great idea but I got to spin it by using wings

Roger Rathbun says:

I do this but I put a piece of Jalapenos in mine and I throw them on the smoker , delicious

Bobby Sears says:

Brother, you are my inspiration! Love your tips and techniques!

Chris Mullins says:

I do this same thing but with pre-cooked italian meatballs wrapped in bacon and covered in rub. They always go really quick at parties.

Bob Funkhouser says:

are these cooked direct or indirect???

Thin Blue Line says:

I made these last week while camping. I followed the recipe exactly and they were a big hit!

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