Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These bacon BBQ chicken bombs have been on my to-do list for a while now. I was definitely looking forward to making them on my Char-Broil Big Easy, which is about as fuss-free as you can get. Good doesn’t even come close to describing them. Each bite pops with tender, moist chicken, cheese-stuffed jalapenos, bacon and BBQ sauce.

Don’t fear the jalapenos if you’re not into spicy foods. They mellow out a lot while cooking. If you’re still not sure about using them, you can substitute poblanos. Just halve them lengthwise, remove the seeds, then halve them again depending on how big the peppers are. You’ll still get that great pepper flavor but without any heat.
These bacon BBQ chicken bombs may seem to be complicated to make on the Char-Broil Big Easy, but they are not. You’re just pounding out some chicken breast, wrapping it around cheese-stuffed jalapenos, rolling it up and wrapping it in bacon. Then onto the Big Easy until done, basted with BBQ sauce, and devoured. That’s it. They’re highly addicting. I recommend making extra because they’re just as good leftover.

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Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10 bombs
 
Note: You'll need at least one Bunk Bed basket for your Big Easy, or even two, or you might have to cook these bombs in batches.
Ingredients
  • 5 small boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded thin (about 1/4") Note: You can also substitute chicken tenderloins
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 large jalapenos, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 20 slices bacon
  • 1 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Note: You want each piece of chicken to be approximately the width of the length of the jalapenos.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and cheddar.
  4. Spoon the cheese mixture into each jalapano half.
  5. Working in batches, place the jalapenos onto the chicken and roll up. Place seam-side down when done so they don't unroll. If you're chicken pieces are too big you might have to trim them a bit.
  6. Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each rolled chicken. Tuck ends under the bacon to seal. The first few might not be pretty, but once you get a hang of it they're fun to make. And they'll taste great no matter what when they are done!
  7. Fire up your Big Easy.
  8. Add the chicken bombs to the Big Easy basket (and bunk bed basket(s) if using). Do not let them touch. If you have to, cook them in batches.
  9. Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for 20-30 minutes, basting with the BBQ sauce every 10 minutes. Note: I use a very long basting brush to get down inside the basket and get the sauce on all of the chicken bombs. Be careful to not burn yourself. If you can't reach them, just baste them after they are cooked.
  10. Remove and check for doneness (165 F) on all cooking levels.
  11. Let rest for 5 minutes then serve.

Cajun Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Don’t be fooled by the lightly charred chicken exterior. Inside is fantastically moist, tender, flavor-packed chicken. Just like you always get on your Char-Broil Big Easy. Marinated in Cajun seasonings, and ready in less than an hour. Perfect sliced. Perfect cubed over salads. Perfect picked up and devoured.
cajun-marinated-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyI used the regular ole basket that comes with the Big Easy. You can fit 4 decent-sized chicken breasts in the basket, but you might have to stand them on end. That’s fine. Just don’t let them touch too much or they won’t cook evenly.

The marinate is just a tad bit spicy, but even the most heat-fearing folk will like it.

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Cajun Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts, skin removed
For the marinade
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken into a re-sealable bag or container.
  2. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and add to the bag.
  3. Seal and toss gently to coat.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours, turning occasionally.
  5. Fire up your Big Easy.
  6. Remove the chicken from the bag and shake off any excess marinade.
  7. Place into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  8. Cook until chicken is done, 45 minutes to an hour.

Apple Ale Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You can take a big ole chicken, season it, and drop it into a Char-Broil Big Easy and in no time (15-20 minutes per pound, usually), have a fantastically tender, juicy, flavorful bird. And I cook chicken in my Big Easy just like that, and often. This time, though, I decided to go the beer can route, using a flavor-packed apple ale to infuse even more flavor and moisture into the chicken. The end result was delightful with a hint of apple and as always, the crispiest skin you’ve ever had.
apple-ale-beer-can-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyIf you’re not a beer person, you can substitute a good apple cider or juice instead. If it doesn’t come in a can just drink up a can of your favorite drink and pour the beer or cider or whatever into the empty can.

Be careful when you remove the chicken from the Big Easy. The beer is hot (mighty hot!) and you don’t want to slosh it onto yourself. And make sure you’re also careful when you go to remove the can. Same story: hot.

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Apple Ale Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 chicken
 
I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken, 6-8 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried tarragon, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Your favorite apple ale (I used Redd's Apple Ale)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  3. Combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and brush onto the chicken.
  4. Combine the taragon, salt and pepper. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  5. Add reserved spice mixture to the beer (take a few drinks first to make room) and insert into the chicken.
  6. Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  7. Cook for 15-20 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  8. Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can and carving.

Sausage-Stuffed Peppers on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Sure, I’ve made bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers on my Char-Broil Big Easy. A lot of times. And I love them. But not everyone loves a little kick in their appetizers like I do, so that’s when these sausage-stuffed peppers take the stage. The peppers get a nice little char on them. They have a little sweetness to them. The sausages bring a wonderful smokiness, and they kind of ‘pop’ when you bite into them. That’s a bit unexpected. The cream cheese? Well, it’s creamy. All wrapped in bacon goodness with a sprinkle of rub.
I used the rub for my Big Easy root beer can chicken on these sausage-stuffed peppers. The rub has a little smoky flavor to it, along with a bit of garlic and just a very, very small hint of spiciness. Not enough to offend those that prefer mellower snacks.

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Sausage-Stuffed Peppers on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 20 appetizers
 
You'll need a Bunk Bed basket to cook 20 peppers at once.
Ingredients
  • 10 mini sweet peppers (preferably all about the same size)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 10 Lit' Smokies cocktail sausages
  • 5 pieces bacon, cut in half lengthwise
  • Your favorite BBQ rub (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove any seeds and membranes.
  3. Divide the cream cheese between the peppers.
  4. Add the sausages and press down slightly to fit snuggly inside the peppers.
  5. Wrap the peppers with the bacon and sprinkle with the rub.
  6. Place into the Big Easy basket and bunk bed basket and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon starts to crisp and the peppers have softened.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving.

Stubb’s Chicken Rub Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use a lot of products from Stubb’s, from sauces to marinades. I’ve been very happy with them all. That’s why I decided to use some of Stubb’s chicken rub on a whole chicken and drop it into my (awesome) cooker, the Char-Broil Big Easy. As always, the Big Easy was easy, cooking the bird in 15 minutes per pound.The Stubb’s seasoning added a little sweetness, and a kinda different flavor, mustard. I’ve rubbed beef in mustard before but never added mustard flavor to chicken. It was fantastic!
stubbs-chicken-rub-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyI did make my chicken a beer can chicken by adding a bit more Stubb’s chicken rub to a can of beer that I then inserted into the chicken. You can skip that part if you wish, or use an empty soda can with chicken broth added. There’s no wrong here because the Big Easy cooks chicken right every time. And boy, does the skin comes out crispy and dangerously delicious to say nothing of how tender and moist the meat is, dark or white!

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Stubb's Chicken Rub Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 chicken
 
I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  3. Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil.
  4. Generously sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning.
  5. If opting to make beer can chicken open the can and drain (er... drink) about 1/4th of the beer. Add a heaping teaspoon of seasoning to the beer. Insert beer can into the bottom of the chicken.
  6. Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  8. Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can (if using) and carving.

Multiple Bunk Bed Baskets on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’m always on a search for ways to add more cooking capacity to my Char-Broil Big Easy. I started with my homemade Wingin’ator 3000, which works great but you do have to make it yourself. Then Char-Broil came out with a cooking rack that gave you 5 cooking levels. Sadly, the rack wasn’t available for sale for long. A reader of Life’s A Tomato mentioned something to me the other day that should’ve occurred to me long ago: you can use two of the Char-Broil Bunk Bed Baskets at once, giving you 3 cooking levels! Doh!
It’s as easy as it looks. Grab the basket that comes with your Big Easy and just lower two bunk bed baskets down into it, securing it with the handles on the sides. You’ll need to offset the two baskets by 90 degrees, otherwise the handles from the lower basket will interfere with the top basket. You can kind of see that in the picture on the right, above.

You’ll get about 3″ of cooking room on each level, plenty for wings or drumsticks. You can fit up to 6 chicken breasts on too, if they aren’t too huge. All in all, it’s a win-win!

The nice thing about this approach is that all of the baskets are dishwasher-safe, readily available, and easy to use. You don’t get quite as much cooking room as with a Wingin’ator 3000 or the (now unavailable) cooking rack, but 3 levels is plenty for a good cookout!

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Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy

As much as I use my Char-Broil Big Easy to cook up fantastic chicken, I also use it just as much for side dishes. This roasted cauliflower came out absolutely delicious. Tender and flavor-packed, with just a hint of smokiness from the bacon. And as with anything I cook on my Big Easy, it was easy to make.

Make sure when you pick out the head of cauliflower at the store that you don’t get a really big one or it won’t fit into the Big Easy. Shoot for one that is about 8″ wide.
roasted-cauliflower-on-the-char-broil-big-easyFor a little kick don’t be afraid to add a few pinches of dried red pepper flake to the chicken broth as you cook the cauliflower. It won’t be overwhelmingly hot, but it’ll give you a slight hint of heat.

You can roast cauliflower in the standard basket that comes with the Big Easy or a bunk bed basket (lined with foil to keep the liquid in), or the Big Easy cooking rack.

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Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small or medium head cauliflower, leaves removed, stem trimmed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Fresh thyme (or dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 4 slices thick-cut smoked bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the cauliflower in a pot and add the chicken stock.
  2. Add the thyme and bay leaves.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 12 minutes.
  4. Drain but reserve some of the cooking liquid.
  5. Fire up your big easy.
  6. Place the cauliflower into a pie pan and place into the cooking rack.
  7. Pour 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid over the cauliflower.
  8. Pour half of the butter over the cauliflower.
  9. Sprinkle with more thyme and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  10. Place rack into the Big Easy and cook 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to turn golden in color.
  11. Remove from cooker and drizzle with remaining butter.
  12. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with bacon and more thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

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