Cowboy Style Grilled Chicken Sandwich

May 17, 2018

This Cowboy Style Grilled Chicken Sandwich is over the top in both flavor and flair thanks to a saucy slather from Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce. I partnered with Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce to help grillers up their game with Extreme Chicken Sandwiches that will be the talk of Memorial Day.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

The best way to make the most ultimate grilled chicken sandwich is start with a great protein and then build on layers of crunch, acidity, and a little sweetness to push it over the top. This sandwich has all of those elements (and then some)! I started with grilled chicken breasts seasoned liberally with my homemade Sweet BBQ Rub and basted with Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce while they are still on the grill to get everything nice and caramelized. Stubb’s sauce works perfectly with this sandwich because it creates a nice black pepper bite with the perfect amount of tang.

Medium cheddar is next up and adds a perfect creamy and melty element to the whole bite. The crunch comes from simple (and AMAZING) buttermilk battered onion rings. Grilled maple peppered bacon brings a little sweet and pickled jalapenos bring that tangy heat. To finish, you need toasty buns and, of course, another healthy drizzle of Stubb’s Bar-B-Q sauce to tie all of those tangy, sweet, and savory flavors together without overwhelming any of them.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe

This Cowboy Style Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a meal worthy of your Memorial Day party. Grab your friends, some cold beverages, and use this epic sandwich as an excuse to get together (just don’t forget the napkins!) Each year, our family heads to my husband’s mountain property to repair fence lines and we always end the day of hard work absolutely STARVING. This year I’m grilling up these mountain sized sandwiches and pairing them with Stubb’s Cowboy Beans to fill us up and kick off summer!

Cowyboy Style Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 6 people
Author: Susie Bulloch (


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons Homemade Sweet BBQ Rub Link in recipe notes
  • 2 cups Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • 6 slices medium cheddar
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos

Maple Peppered Bacon

  • 12 slices peppered bacon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Buttermilk Breaded Onion Rings

  • 2 sweet onions cut into 1/2 inch rings
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 buns


  • Preheat your grill to 450 degrees F for 2 zone cooking, one side with direct flame heat and the other side with no flames.
  • Season your chicken breasts on all sides with the Homemade Sweet BBQ Rub. Place on the indirect side of the grill. Close the lid and cook for 6-8 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reads 145 degrees F.
  • Baste the chicken breasts on all sides with 1 cup of Stubb's Original Bar-B-Que Sauce and move them over to the direct heat side of your grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. 
  • When you move your chicken to the direct heat, arrange your bacon slices on the indirect heat side of the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside until ready to assemble your sandwiches.
  • Move the chicken to the indirect side of the grill and cook for 2-3 more minutes until the cheese melts and the chicken reaches 165 degrees F internal temperature. 
  • Toast your sandwich buns for 1-2 minutes on direct heat and set on your serving platter to assemble your sandwiches.
  • Place the grilled Bar-B-Que chicken breast on the bottom bun. Top each chicken breast with 2 slices of the maple peppered bacon, 2-3 onion rings, a few pickled jalapenos, and a healthy drizzle of additional Stubb's Original Bar-B-Que Sauce. Serve hot and enjoy!

Buttermilk Onion Rings

  • Preheat 6 cups vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Place the flour, seasoned salt, and paprika into a gallon zip top bag and toss to combine. Pour the buttermilk into a second zip top bag. Working in batches, place the sliced onions in the flour bag and toss to coat thoroughly. Move the floured onion rings into the buttermilk and toss to cover. Use tongs to move the onion rings back to the flour bag and toss until each onion ring is coated with onions.
  • Fry the onion rings in batches for 3-4 minutes or until they are golden browns. Remove them from the fryer onto a paper towel so they can drain and sprinkle lightly with salt. Set aside until ready to assemble your sandwiches.
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