Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs Recipe
November 12, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs

Last year I did a series on Football Food, and this week I added a few more recipes. These are simple and quick recipes that are perfect for having folks over to the house to watch the game – or at a tailgate.

This one is for Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Chicken Thighs and it’s a big hit at my house.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs

For this recipe I’m using boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You can find these at your local grocery store fresh or frozen, and you can even debone them yourself if you want.

When it comes to chicken most people choose the more expensive breast. I’m not sure why thighs get a bad rap, but they have more flavor and stay juicier when cooked. That’s why we use them in competition cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need for these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs:

– 8 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
– 4 Jalapeno Peppers
– 8oz Cream Cheese
– 8 Strips of Compart Applewood Smoked Bacon
– 1 Stick of Real Butter


Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub. (or your favorite BBQ Rub)
Killer Hogs AP Rub 

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs

Let’s get started making these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs:

Remove the thighs from the packaging and place on a cutting board designated for poultry. If there is any excess fat on the thighs go ahead and trim it off. Season each side with a good dose of my AP Seasoning.

Split the Jalapeño Peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and veins. Fill each half with cream cheese and sprinkle a touch of Dry Rub on top.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs

Place the stuffed pepper cheese side down in the center of each chicken thigh and form the meat around the pepper. Next wrap each thigh with a strip of bacon.

For this recipe I use Compart Duroc Family Farms Applewood Smoked Bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs

To keep the thighs in a natural shape while cooking I use one of my Competition Chicken Pans (An 8-cavity brownie pan works great for this. You can find them online or pick them up at Kroger and Walmart).  Spray the pan with cooking spray and place each thigh upright in the pan. Season the thighs with a little Killer Hogs Dry Rub and place a Tablespoon of Butter on each one.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs

For this cook I’m using my Big Green Egg running at 300 degrees. Throw on a couple chunks of pecan for some smoke and place the chicken pan on the center of the grate.

After 45 minutes the bacon should start to brown and the chicken will have absorbed enough smoke flavor. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and continue to cook until the internal temperature hits 165 degrees.

Check the internal temps with a Thermapen. To make your life a lot easier – every BBQ’er and griller needs aThermapen – an instant-read thermometer.  And using a DOT (probe thermometer) will allow you to monitor the chicken thighs while you cook and even set to alarm when it hits the right internal temp.

At this point remove the pan from the smoker. Be sure to where insulated gloves because it will be hot. Carefully take each Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs out of the chicken pan and re-season each side with BBQ Rub. Place the thighs on a chicken rack and back out on the smoker for 5-10 minutes. This gives the rub time to dry.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs

For the finishing glaze I use a bottle of Killer Hogs The Bbq Sauce. Heat it in a small pan or in the microwave for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Once the rub has set, dunk each Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs in the warm sauce and place it back on the rack to drain.

The rack goes back on the Egg for a final 5-10 minutes. Just long enough for the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs to “tack up”. If you see it getting dark remove the thighs immediately.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs

Let the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs rest for just a few minutes and they’re ready to serve. You may have to make several batches at your next football party because these are always a big hit!

Malcom Reed
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  1. JACK says:

    if you smoke meat on a rack in a drip pan will the meat get all that good smoke thanks you are best great recipes. i am new at smoking

  2. Phil says:

    Once you cover the chicken after 45 minutes, approximately how long does it take to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees?

  3. Mark Smith says:

    Malcom, I tried your Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Thighs recipe and they turned out great even though my wife refuses to eat dark meat. I cooked 6 thighs but I substituted a small chicken breast and she thought it was outstanding!

    Keep up the great work and thanks again for all your insight and assistance.


  4. Phil says:

    I struggled with getting my smoker up to 300 degrees. I used a ton of charcoal, and it still didn’t get hot enough. What could I have been doing wrong? I left the vents open in the fire box, and also left the vent open full on the smoke stack.

  5. Kurt Schmitz says:

    This is a great recipe! I have also used boneless chicken breast when things weren’t available it still turned out amazing! I have one complaint though. You didn’t warn me that I would have to make these for my family once month after they tried it for the first time! Lol thanks again for these amazing recipes that are easy to follow.

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