Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Fix up some quick bacon wrapped chicken thighs to feed a crowd, whether it's game night, a family gathering, or someone's birthday. These bites pack a ton of flavor for their size!

Thanks to Greg Lathem for sending this recipe our way. He's been bringing it to family get togethers for a while now, and it's become everyone's favorite!

You Will Need

  • Big package of chicken thighs
  • Package of thick cut maple bacon
  • Kosmo’s Q Dirty Bird Hot rub
  • 4 jalapeño Cheddar cheese sticks
  • Large bottle of Italian dressing

The Prep

For this one, you'll want to marinate the chicken thighs overnight before cooking (but 2 hours will probably also work). Place the chicken in a sealable container (zip top bag, tupperware, etc), and pour in the whole bottle of italian dressing. Then seal the container, and place it in the fridge until you're ready to cook.

Let's get the other ingredients ready as well! Cut and seeded the jalapeños, then cut them at about 1/4 inch length wise. You should end up with about 6 to 8 long 1/4 slices.

Get the marinated chicken thighs out, and don't dry off the Italian dress. Place a piece of jalapeño, and a stick of cheese in each chicken thigh. Season the inside with Dirty Bird, then roll chicken around the slices and wrap with bacon. Season the outside as well.

The Cook

If you've been cooking on a smoker for some time, you know space and time management are key. These tasty bites are great as a side project, since they don't take that long to prepare and cook. Just make sure everything on your cooker needs the same temperatures, and be mindful that different foods cook at different times.

So, get your smoker up to temp for cooking at 275ºF (135ºF). If this is the only thing you're cooking, take the opportunity to prepare everything else while it's heating up.

Once ready, place the wrapped chicken thighs on your smoker for 1 hour, until chicken thighs reach an internal temperature of 165ºF (74ºC).

The Payoff

And that's all there is to it! When done, bring the bacon wrapped chicken inside. Serve immediately if possible, and enjoy!

Once more, thank you Greg Lathem for sharing your recipe with the community.

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