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Smoked Chicken Cherry Bombs

Little balls of chicken, cherries, habanero pieces and flavored inside and out with my rub and sauce for that perfect super bowl or anytime snack that will drive you and your friends wild.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12 -15
Author Jeff Phillips


  • 2 lb ground chicken*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 15-18 fresh cherries (, pitted (seeds removed))
  • 2 habanero peppers (, cleaned (seeds and veins removed)**)
  • 2 TBS crumbled blue cheese ((optional))
  • Jeff's rub ((purchase recipe here))
  • Franks Original RedHot Sauce
  • Jeff's sauce ((purchase recipe here))


Prep Cherries and Habanero

  • Chop 18 fresh cherries very fine and set aside
  • Chop two cleaned/deseeded habaneros very fine and set aside (only use one habanero if you don't want them to be very hot)

Mix it up

  • Fold in bread crumbs, rub, blue cheese (optional), eggs, cherries and habanero to ground chicken

Form & Season Cherry Bombs

  • Form 1-inch cherry bombs from the chicken mixture
  • Pour some rub in a plate and roll the 1-inch balls in the rub to coat lightly
  • Insert a toothpick into the center of the cherry bombs

Smoke the Cherry Bombs

  • Smoke the chicken cherry bombs at 225°F for about 1 hour or until they reach 165°F in the center

Make the Special Sauce

  • Mix up some special sauce for the cherry bombs using one part Jeff's sauce and one part Franks Original RedHot sauce

Finish up and Serve

  • Drizzle the sauce on the smoked chicken cherry bombs or serve on the side for dipping