First time smoking chicken breasts

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by 23buzz, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. Saturday I sprinkled some rub on a few (large!) skinless chicken breasts and wrapped them in bacon.  On the smoker they went.  Toward the end I spread some bbq sauce a couple times each side and they turned out great!  Next time I won't be too skimpy with the bacon.  There's something wonderful about bbq sauce and bacon together - took the chicken breast flavor to the next level!  

    Oh, and in my haste I grabbed colored toothpicks from the cabinet to hold the bacon in place.  When we cut into the chicken, the coloring from the toothpicks left a fun little art project in the meat.

    This was a fun, easy, tasty smoke!

  2. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    23B, Good looking meal sir !
  3. Thanks!  I'm looking forward to doing some more of these.
  4. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good.

    Did you also brine them first or just use the bacon to keep them moist? I just did wings for the first time, but will be doing a load of breasts soon.

  5. No, I didn't brine them.  I just relied on the bacon.  I stretched the bacon out a bit to get more coverage over the breasts.  But next time, I'll just use more bacon.  We left the bacon on when we sliced it and it added to the taste.  It wasn't crispy, but it was fully cooked.
  6. if you wanted to crisp up that bacon just a bit tou could get your grill (or even a frying pan should work too) smoking hot about 30 sec to a min on each side should do the trick.

    good looking meal BTW
  7. I did the same thing on the weekend but I brined mine first for 4hrs...they were the best thing so far out of the smoking...nice and juicy!
  8. krooz

    krooz Smoke Blower

    Those look great - time and temp?
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  A great first Chicken Breast cook . Nice looking and I agree , Bacon is a hit with anything.

    Thanks for the look and keep on doing what you are doing , it works . . .

    Have fun and . . .
  10. I took notes during the smoke but forgot to check them last night.  I think temp was fairly steady at 250 and time was 3.5 hours.
  11. krooz

    krooz Smoke Blower

    Cool - thanks....
  12. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great! I'm planning on some tomorrow but I'm going to slice chix into strips and wrap with bacon. Another tip is to slightly precook the bacon to render some of the fat.

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