Some people might argue the best part of college football season is the games. I have to disagree; the best part of college football is tailgating. And the most important part of tailgating is obviously the food.
That’s why a staple at my tailgating parties is grilled bacon-wrapped chicken. Not to brag, but I once took a plate of this delicious goodness to a neighboring tailgater’s setup and they returned the favor by handing me two free tickets to a Razorback game. They’re pretty easy to make and most of the work is done the night before so you can sit back enjoy yourself on game day.
5 lbs boneless chicken breast
3 lbs bacon
¼ cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
¼ cup of Worcestershire sauce
1 cup pineapple juice
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup honey BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon onion powder
Glaze – BBQ sauce of your choice
The night (or 8-12 hours) before your tailgate party cut each of your boneless chicken breasts into four pieces. Once your chicken is cut, lay your bacon flat out on a cutting board. Take one piece of chicken and roll it up in the bacon. Then stick a toothpick through the bacon and chicken to keep the bacon in place. In a pan, place the bacon wrapped chicken in a single layer so it can be marinated. Leave yourself enough time so you can marinate the chicken at least 6-8 hours before you put them on the grill.
As for the marinade, I use a homemade pineapple BBQ marinade. Combine your soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, vegetable oil, pineapple juice, brown sugar, onion powder, and honey BBQ sauce in a bowl and pour it over the chicken. Cover with foil and place it in the refrigerator.
After 6-8 hours of marinating drain the marinade and get your coals ready on your grill. After your coals have ashed over, place the chicken on the grill and grill on each side for five to seven minutes. Then with your favorite BBQ sauce lightly glaze each piece of chicken and grill both sides for another three to five minutes. If you would like a more “wet” look you can hit them one more time with the glaze after you take them off the grill. Now the only thing left to do is sit back and admire your work. Happy Tailgating!