Monday, June 20, 2022

Summer Grilling...Myron Mixon's Keto-Friendly BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts #ketobbq #chicken #bacon #protein

It's Summer...which means it's time to break out the BBQ grill and get cooking! If you're watching your carb intake, Myron Mixon's BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts -- which feature an easy homemade BBQ sauce/marinade and a simple homemade sugar-free chicken spice rub -- are a great grilling option! Marinated and spice-rubbed chicken breasts are wrapped in bacon before hitting the grill. The end result is chicken breast that's supremely juicy and flavorful...with a perfect smoky flavor. Everyone who tries this dish gives it gave an enthusiastic thumbs up!

BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

from Myron Mixon's Keto BBQ 

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Tangy Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup BBQ Chicken Rub
  • 8 thin slices bacon
For the BBQ Chicken Rub (NOTE: recipe makes 2 cups. Store extra rub in an airtight container -- away from heat and light -- for up to 6 months):
  • 2/3 cup chili powder
  • 2 TBS monk fruit sweetener
  • 4 TBS kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
For the Tangy Sweet BBQ Sauce:
  • 2 TBS canola or other neutral oil
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. monk fruit sweetener
  • 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
NOTE: The recipe didn't call for it, but I added 1 cup water to the BBQ sauce as it simmered -- it was quite thick otherwise. The added water produced a pourable sauce, but it didn't water down the sauce's bold flavor.

Step 1: The day before you plan to smoke the chicken breasts, make the BBQ Chicken Rub and Tangy Sweet BBQ Sauce. To make the rub, add the chili powder, monk fruit sweetener, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper to a bowl. Use a whisk to completely combine the ingredients:
Step 2: To make the Tangy Sweet BBQ Sauce, warm the oil in a medium saucepan over med-high heat. When the oil is warm, add the onion powder, garlic powder, monk fruit sweetener, tomato paste, cider vinegar, salt, hot sauce, and water. Stir to completely combine. Cook over med-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce slightly thickens -- approx. 15 minutes.
Step 3: Place the chicken breasts in a shallow pan. Add the onion, garlic, and 1 cup BBQ sauce. Mix to coat, cover/seal, and refrigerate overnight to marinate and develop flavors.
Step 4: When you're ready to grill the chicken the next day, preheat your smoker to 350℉ -- or light your charcoal grill, and add a handful or two of smoking chips! Remove chicken from marinade and shake off excess sauce. Apply BBQ Chicken Rub liberally to both sides of each chicken breast. 
Wrap each chicken breast with two slices of bacon, securing with toothpicks. Place the chicken breast in a large aluminum baking pan.

Step 5: Place the baking pan in the smoker/grill. Cook until the meat's internal temperature reaches 165℉. 
Step 6: Remove the pan from the smoker/grill and let the meat rest -- uncovered -- for 15 minutes. Slice the breasts with a sharp serrated knife. Serve with the reserved cup of Tangy Sweet BBQ Sauce on the side for dipping.
This chicken is definitely a great BBQ recipe! The bacon infuses smoky flavor...and helps ensure the chicken breasts -- which are notoriously hard to keep from becoming dry -- juicy and tender. The homemade sugar-free rub and BBQ sauce complement the smoky chicken, without overwhelming it. Whether or not you're following a Keto diet? This recipe is winner of a chicken dinner!  

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