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BBQ Chicken Breasts--Sunday Meal Prep

  • Author: The BBQ Brothers
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Smoked
  • Cuisine: American


Not your average boring chicken! Stay on track all week with these smoked BBQ Chicken Breasts! Just add veggies for a healthy (and easy) lunch or dinner!


Meat Used: 4 chicken breasts

Seasoning: The BBQ Brothers All-purpose BBQ rub and Montreal Chicken Seasoning

Wood Used: Apple

Grill Temperature: 225 degrees

Meat Temperature: 160 degrees

Smoke Time: 2 hours, indirect heat


  1. We want to start with a simple brine of our chicken to prevent that typical dry grilled texture. Place your chicken in something sealable (Tupperware, Ziploc bag, etc) and put in 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt and enough water to cover the chicken.
  2. Throw the covered chicken in the fridge for 2-24 hours, but try not to brine any longer as the chicken will develop a ham-like texture which I find to taste strange.
  3. You also want to prep your spray bottle for the smoke with 1 tsp sugar, 1 part apple juice and 2 parts water.
  4. After the brine, remove the chicken breasts, dry them off and apply your rub. Since we are doing more of a meal prep for the week where this will be used in different dishes, I will do half with our BBQ brother's rub and the other half with Montreal Chicken seasoning, which is very common to find at your local grocery store.
  5. We want to get them on the smoker on indirect heat at 225 F and use apple wood chips for about 2 hours, giving them a good spray from our spray bottle every 20-30 min to keep the chicken moist.
  6. You're looking for an internal temp of 160 degrees. I am not going to sauce these up as I am going to use these in different dishes throughout the week so I don’t want to overpower them with sauce.
  7. Serve immediately or package for future meals!


Use the leftovers to make healthy meals all week! Just add veggies! (Meal ideas can be found in the post!)

Keywords: smoker bbq chicken, smoked chicken breasts, weekly meal prep, make-ahead lunches, ways to use leftover chicken

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