Tennessee Tenders

For our guest recipe submission number 2, Carter has shared his amazing Tennessee Tenders!! Not only do these look amazing, but when he posted this picture on our Facebook page, several people begged for the recipe. Well……here it is!! Thank you so much Carter for sharing this fabulous recipe, I cannot wait to try it!!

Tennessee Tenders are chicken tenderloins I smoke for my wife’s Sunday School Class. I enjoy bringing these to their Annual Christmas gathering because everyone loves them.


Tenders 12.20.15


  • Chicken Tenderloins
  • Rub (I use Weber’s Kickin Chicken & Chicken n Ribs)
  • Restaurant Style (thin) bacon
  • Salted butter
  • Wood Chips (I use Apple)



1: Coat each side of the tenders with rub. (I coat each side with a different rub from above)

2: Wrap each tender with a slice of bacon (Sam’s has a 10lb box of restaurant style bacon. The slices are separated and on wax paper. They are easy to peel off. Your bacon does not need to be frozen. You like a little stretch to it. It freezes well too)

3: Get you smoker to 300 degrees. Put your tenders on the smoker.

4: Add some chips to the fire.

5: Smoke your tenders at 250-300 degrees.

6: Flip the tenders after an hour.

7: They are done when the tenders reach 165 degrees.

8: Slather them with a generous helping of butter.

9: They hold well in the smallest cooler they will fit.

10: I rinse my cooler with real hot water before putting the tenders into it.


Some folks like them plain. Others like Ranch, Honey Mustard & Blue Cheese to dip them.

We also smoke wings using this recipe. We use 1/2 a slice of bacon on them.  






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  1. Ann says:

    Do you put the bacon wrapped tenders directly on the smoker grate or leave them on the pan as shown in your picture??

  2. Kristin says:

    The tenders go directly on the smoker grates. We just place them on the pan once cooked so it is easier to bring inside! Enjoy!!

  3. Kristin says:

    I would put them in the oven at 350 and bake for about 35 minutes, and watch it from there. It depends on size, oven, etc. but 35 minutes is a good starting point! Enjoy!

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