Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers

Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers

Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers

This recipe is great for your summertime get togethers. You can do all the prep ahead of time so when you’re ready to fire up the grill, the cooking will be fast. I use boneless skinless thighs for this cook. Trim any excess fat and slice the thighs into 2” strips. Place a couple strips on each skewer and get them in some marinade. I used a McCormick Grilling marinade for this recipe but you could use any marinade even Zesty Italian dressing out of the bottle is great. Cover the skewers in the marinade and let them hang out in the refrigerator for a couple hours before grilling. Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers When you’re ready to fire up the grill, create a two zone fire by placing all of the hot coals to one side leaving a cool zone on the opposite side. Take the skewers out of the marinade and season the outside with a mixture of 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup turbinado raw sugar, and 1 teaspoon ground cayenne. I place it all in a dredge shaker and give it a good mix. Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers Place each skewer over the hot side of the grill fist to sear the outside. It’ll take about 3-4 minutes; just keep an eye on them and turn often. When you get the a good sear move everything to the cool side to slow it down. Keep cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165-170 in the thickest part. Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers Brush the outside of each skewer with my favorite Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze. This will make them sticky and sweet with just a touch of heat. Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers Move each skewer back over the hot coals just for a minute or two to caramelize the glaze and char the outside just a little more. The whole cook only takes about 10-12 minutes. Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers I like to serve them with my BBQ sauce for dipping; just make sure you make plenty because folks will love them! Print
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Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers

Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers


Grilled Chicken Skewers with a Brown Sugar Bourbon Marinade cooked on Weber Kettle Grill


  • 2lbs boneless skinless Chicken thighs
  • 1 package McCormick Brown Sugar Bourbon grilling marinade
  • 1012 wooden skewers
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar in the raw
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze


  1. Trim excess fat from chicken thighs and cut each thigh into 2” strips
  2. Place two strips of thigh meat on each skewer and arrange on a platter or shallow baking dish. Pour marinade over the top and rotate each skewer so all of the chicken is covered in the marinade.
  3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  4. Prepare charcoal grill for 2 zone cooking (hot side and cool side).
  5. Combine the brown sugar, turbinado, and cayenne is dredge shaker and sprinkle over the top of the skewers.
  6. Place the skewers on the hot side of the grill to sear. Cook for 3 minutes each side or until the outside starts to char.
  7. Move the skewers to the cool side and continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165-170°F.  
  8. Brush each skewer with Captain Rodney’s Boucan glaze and move them over to the hot side of the grill for a final sear to caramelize the glaze.
  9. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce for dipping.

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4 responses to “Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Skewers”

  1. Scott Hausner says:

    Hey Malcom – Love your YouTube Channel and all your recipes. I just came across this recipe and wanted to make it for this coming 4th of July. I don’t have access to Capt Rodney’s glaze. Is there something else I might have that you would recommend alternatively. I appreciate the help. Keep Smokin and have a safe 4th!

  2. Douglas says:

    I have made theses a few times this summer. After the first time I had to take a few and hide them for myself. As soon as they hit the table they are gone. Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. Jason says:

    What can I substitute capt rodneys with?

  4. Kelley says:

    Love this! Bought all the McCormick Brown Sugar Bourbon Grilling marinade my local store had!
    I have used this w/pork tenderloin also, just as good. I came up w/ a salad to put this meat on & it was fantastic! Another great recipe, Thank you!!

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