Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken

This is my go-to recipe for BBQ chicken. I love the sweet and spicy combination of the barbecue sauce and the tenderness of the chicken. Perfect paired with coleslaw and pickles to put on a sandwich. Or on a pizza, or…. all by itself! Yum! pulled chicken sandwich 

raw chicken

Start this dish by salt and peppering your chicken. This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. I have also made this recipe with chicken breasts. Brown your chicken 4 minutes on each side in oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Remove from heat, and place in a 4 quart slow cooker. 

spices for pulled chicken

 Gather your barbecue sauce ingredients: ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, yellow mustard, red pepper and garlic salt.  

bbq sauce

Sometimes when I make this I like to change up the vinegars and mustards. To decrease the spiciness you can decrease the amount of red pepper. Whisk to combine. sauce the chicken

Once all of the chicken is done cooking, place in the bottom of a slow cooker. Cover with the barbecue sauce. Cook on HIGH heat for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 to 6 hours. 

shredded chicken

After chicken is fully cooked, remove chicken from sauce; shred chicken. Stir shredded chicken into sauce. 

pulled chicken sandwich

This barbecue sandwich is a superstar! I love to make a big batch, half to freeze and half to eat!  It’s also great to bring to a family with a new baby. Just decrease the red pepper for a milder taste.

 

 

                                

Slow-Cooked BBQ Chicken
A sweet and spicy shredded chicken with a homemade barbecue sauce.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs skinned and boned chicken thighs
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 2 cups ketchup
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  5. 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  6. 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  7. 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  8. 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
  9. 1 teaspoon garlic salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Brown chicken 4 minutes on each side in 1 tablespoons of hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, and place in a 4-quart slow cooker.
  2. 2. Combine ketchup and next 6 ingredients. Pour over chicken.
  3. 3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce heat to LOW, and cook 5 to 6 hours. Remove chicken from sauce; shred chicken. Stir shredded chicken into sauce.
Adapted from Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook
Adapted from Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook
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