Thursday Leftovers: Smoked Memphis Rub Chicken & Bacon Sandwich


Looking to up your grilling skills and pull of something spectacular without an ounce of culinary skills? Follow these simple steps to create a sandwich that is to die for!  It not only looks great, but the presentation will also have your guests tricked into thinking you’ve ordered take out.  Who needs to go to a restaurant when you can make a sandwich that knocks the pants off of theirs!

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 to 3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
Game Plan:

1.  Mix ingredients together to create a Memphis dry rub

memphis dry rub

mix ingredients together to create a Memphis dry rub

2.  Rub seasoning over entire thawed chicken breasts

cover entire chicken breast with memphis dry rub

Cover both sides of the chicken breast with the Memphis dry rub

3.  Grill or smoke chicken.

We have a charcoal grill which adds to the flavor, but we also soaked applewood wood chips in apple juice for 20 minutes and then threw them on the charcoal before grilling.  My husband also smokes the chicken by placing the charcoal to the sides of the grill and cooking the chicken indirectly.  This method makes for very juicy chicken!

4. While chicken is smoking, cook bacon in the oven for no mess.

cooked to perfection bacon

Bacon comes out perfectly cooked

5. Cut chicken into thin slices.

memphis rub chicken recipe

Cut chicken into thin slices

5. Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and build your chicken sandwich on it, leaving off the top bun.

Our method of stacking (from bottom to top): bottom bun, chicken slices, bacon, slice of pepperjack cheese, shredded colby jack on top.  We find if we put the cheese on top of the bacon, it helps seal it in the sandwich.

grilled memphis rub chicken and bacon sandwich

Notice we forgot to put the bacon beneath the cheese this time. Oops!

6. Put in the oven and turn the oven to broil for a couple of minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

grilled chicken and bacon sandwich

Broil sandwich until cheese is bubbly

7. Top with bun, lettuce, toppings, and condiments of your choice.  Be prepared to taste pure awesomeness!

grilled chicken and bacon sandwich brady lou project guru

grilled chicken and bacon sandwich brady lou project guru

For other grilling recipes, try these:

Weber Gourmet Burger

Bangin’ BBQ Burger

Zesty Ranch Burger

Try out these sides with your chicken:

Roasted Garlic Potatoes

White Cheddar Mac n’ Cheese

Spicy Cajun Potatoes

What do you like to season your chicken with?

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