Spicy BBQ Chicken Rub
Hot and spicy rub with a profile that has bacon plus a buttery taste, keeping the chicken very moist, with a nice bacon finish. This is perfect to use for grilling chicken breasts or chicken thighs.
Servings Prep Time
8pieces 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8pieces 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 20 minutes
Hot & Spicy Rub
Chicken thighs
BBQ Chicken Rub directions
  1. Mise en place all ingredients for the Spicy BBQ Rub
  2. To make the BBQ Chicken Rub first process the bacon in food processor into paste.
  3. Then add to the bacon paste smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, salt, continue processing bacon paste mixture. Note paste will become very thick.
  4. While paste mixture is processing add chunks of butter a piece at a time. This mixture should become more creamy.
  5. Then add the oil & honey while processing paste so the mixture will become workable spicy paste.
  6. Place the prepared Spicy BBQ Rub in container covered and labeled and refrigerated.
Rub the BBQ Chicken Thighs
  1. Remove bones from chicken thighs, trim excess fat and chicken skin. Apply a generous amount of BBQ Chicken Rub paste to each chicken thigh. Rub the paste evenly over each thigh. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. While set up grill or smoker.
Grilling BBQ Chicken
  1. Set up Grill to temperature of 325 to 350°F, add smoking chips or chunks. Place the Spicy Rubbed Chicken Thighs skin side up on grill using indirect heat. Put a drip pan this 12 oz of beer under grill grids. Close the lid of grill and cook chicken thighs to internal temperature of 165°F.
  2. When chicken thighs reach internal temperature of 165° remove from grill/smoker.
  3. Place Spicy BBQ Chicken Thighs onto platter. Cover with foil to rest for 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

This rub can be modified to your spicy taste, by reducing or increase cayenne pepper,  Sriracha sauce and chili powder.