For the Sauce:
Bring all the ingredients to a simmer in a small saucepan over low heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and reaches a ketchup-like consistency and is reduced to about 1 cup, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove from heat. Divide the sauce into two parts and transfer ½ of the sauce to a small bowl and set aside to serve with the cooked chicken.
For the Kebabs:
Toss the chicken with the salt in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 hour.
For a gas grill, turn all the burners to high, close the lid, and heat 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Combine the paprika, sugar, and cayenne in a separate small bowl. Set aside.
Prep the Spice Mixture:
Cut the bacon into small pieces and process in a food processor until a smooth paste forms, 30-45 seconds, scraping down the bowl twice during processing.
Add the bacon paste and the spice mixture and coat and toss into the chicken using your hands or a rubber spatula. Thread the meat into skewers, rolling or folding meat as necessary to maintain 1-inch cubes.
Cook the Chicken:
Scrape the cooking grate clean with a grill brush. Leave the primary burner on high and turn off the other burners. Place the kebabs over the hot burner and grill, covered, turning one-quarter of a turn every 2 minutes or so, until well browned and slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes.
Brush the top surface of the kebabs with ¼ cup sauce; flip and cook until the sauce is browned in spots, about 1-2 minutes.
Flip again and brush with remaining ¼ cup sauce; continue to cook until browned in spots and cooked through, about 1-2 minutes.
Remove from grill and allow to rest 5 minutes. Serve, passing barbecue sauce separately.
Calories: 317.83kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.78g | Protein: 31.77g | Fat: 10.54g | Saturated Fat: 2.98g | Sodium: 513.75mg | Fiber: 1.39g | Sugar: 20.19g
Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.
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