Nothing says spring is here like firing up the grill! Today I’ve teamed up with Stubb’s Sauces and Marinades to bring you these Spicy Bar-B-Q Bacon Wrapped Chicken Kabobs, which are great for backyard barbecues with a crowd!
I am typically one of those people that insists on living in the moment. I have always felt like crossing off days on the calendar was bad luck; nor can I change my wall calendar to the next month, until, yes the morning of the new month.
Sure, we have all been there, working a job we dislike, a bad case of the “Mondays” or super swamped with deadlines, that we cannot wait for the weekend to arrive! Watching the clock, crossing off the days, or rushing through the week just to have a moment to breath, kick up our feet, relax, and to have fun!
But sometimes I feel like life is moving so fast that I am missing some of it. The past few months have been so busy for me, balancing so much, and I have caught myself wishing for this week or this obstacle to pass. But I am getting my groove back, finding my rhythm, and remembering that, even if it’s Monday (or Tuesday, or Wednesday or any day of the “work week”), there are amazing opportunities to live in the moment and celebrate all the wonderful things in life!
One thing that we LOVE is to grill out! Being on the patio, feeling the warm Texas breeze, enjoying longer spring and summer nights, the smell of food cooking to perfection and laughing until my side hurts, as we unplug from the world; well simply IS magical!
Despite loving to grill out, for the longest time I always thought it was something special to save for the weekends. But I quickly learned that something I enjoy so much doesn’t have to wait for the weekend! That’s why I have been a long time fan of Stubb’s Sauces and Marinades! Not only are they based right here in Austin, Texas; Stubb’s sauces, marinades and rubs are so EASY to use, made with real ingredients (seriously they are the brand to use if you have dietary restrictions) and come in a variety of flavors. With the help of Stubb’s we can can grill out any night of the week, fuss free!
One thing we love to throw on the grill is kabobs. Kabobs may take a little time at first to put together, but I like that they can be made ahead of time, marinate in the fridge and then BAM! you have a whole protein packed meal with a side of veggies that cooks up in just a few minutes. Not only that, they are perfect when hosting friends, because who doesn’t love food on a stick!
Since I have been trying to live in the moment more and enjoy these gorgeous spring days before the summer heat rolls in; we have been grilling several nights a week. And these Spicy BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken Kabobs are our latest kabob concoction! I love that this recipe is so easy, with the help of Stubb’s Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce and Bar-B-Q Rub. This recipe is great for those of us who like dishes with a kick, since the Stubb’s Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce is made with a fiery mix of habanero, cayenne and black pepper!
What is your favorite thing to throw on the grill? Share in the comments below!
Plump chicken, smoky bacon and tender veggies coated in a spicy Bar-B-Q sauce and grilled to perfection.
1 pound chicken thighs
1 pound chicken breasts
2-3 tablespoons Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Rub
½ teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper
2 (16-ounce) packages bacon
1 (18-ounce) jar Stubb’s Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large yellow or orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
3-4 jalapeno peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 jumbo sweet Vidalia onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
Wooden or metal skewers
Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high heat and oil grill grates to prevent the kabobs from sticking. Soak wooden skewers, if using, for at least 30 minutes.
Season chicken thighs and chicken breasts with Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Rub, salt and black pepper. Cut seasoned meat into 1 ½-2 -inch cubes and set aside.
Cut strips of bacon in half or thirds and wrap 1 piece of bacon around each piece of chicken. Thread pre-cut vegetables and bacon wrapped chicken onto skewers, alternating vegetables and using 3-4 pieces of chicken per skewer. Repeat process until all vegetables and pieces of meat are used.
Place prepared skewers in a single layer on a baking sheet. Using a silicone basting brush, brush kabobs with a generous amount of Stubb’s Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce.
Cook skewers on preheated grill, turning every 3 to 4 minutes and brushing with additional BBQ sauce if desired; until browned on all sides and chicken is no longer pink, about 12 to 16 minutes total.
Serve kabobs with additional Stubb’s Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce as a dipping sauce.
Note: Kabobs can me made 6-8 hours ahead of time and placed in a 9×13-inch baking dish or large rectangle plastic storage container and stored in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
Other recipes you might enjoy:
Grilled Steak with Corn and Green Chile Relish
Grilled Black Pepper New York Strip with Blue Cheese Sauce
Grilled Chicken Suiza Sandwiches
Texas Sriracha Po Boy with Broccoli Slaw
Thai Coconut Chicken
Disclosure: I am in a working relationship with Stubb’s Sauces and Marinades. This Spicy Bar-B-Q Bacon Wrapped Chicken Kabobs recipe was developed by me for Stubb’s and this blog post was written by me on behalf of Stubb’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Because of sponsors like Stubb’s I am able to continue to bring you all the content I feature here.