Sticky BBQ chicken tenders

Sticky BBQ Chicken Tenders

Last Updated on August 29, 2022

Bring classic barbecue taste to your chicken tenders with a sweet and sticky homemade sauce. There’s even surprise bacon in the wet rub, bringing extra savory flavoring to a not-too-sweet barbecue sauce that will have everyone asking about your secret ingredient.

Sticky BBQ Chicken Tenders

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Protein: Poultry
Cut: Chicken Tenders
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Course: Main Course, Meal Prep
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 lbs ButcherBox Chicken Tenders
  • 4 12" bamboo or metal skewers if bamboo, soak in water 1 hour to overnight before using

Wet Rub

  • 2 slices ButcherBox Bacon
  • Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 4 Tbsp turbinado sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt

BBQ Sauce

  • ¼ c ketchup
  • ¼ c molasses
  • 1 sm onion minced
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar


  • Preheat grill to have two heating zones, a hot zone and a cool zone.

BBQ Sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a small sauce pot and simmer until reduced by ⅓. Approximately 10 minutes.

Wet Rub

  • Place raw bacon in food processor and pulse until a thick paste is formed.
  • Mix bacon and remaining ingredients in a bowl along with chicken tenders. Massage rub onto tenders and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Grilling Chicken Tenders

  • Fold chicken tenders over and place on skewer. Approximately 2-3 tenders per skewer.
  • Place chicken skewers in the hot zone and grill about 5 minutes. Flip and move skewers to cool zone, brush with BBQ sauce and place lid on grill. Grill covered for 4 minutes, flip and brush with more BBQ sauce and grill 2 more minutes in the cool zone this time keeping grill open.
  • Serve with remaining BBQ sauce. Enjoy!
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Yankel Polak is the Head Chef at ButcherBox.