Friday, October 23, 2009

Slow-Cooked Pulled BBQ (Bar-B-Que) Chicken

Work was crazy. You’re exhausted. You don’t feel like preparing a meal when you get home. Fortunately, you walk in the door and the smell of BBQ hits your nose and you remember, “Oh yeah! I put BBQ chicken in the crockpot this morning!” It’s your lucky day :)

Oh yes, this stuff is yummy and virtually effortless. From my trusty Crockpot cookbookHere’s the recipe:

1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
1 small clove of garlic, minced
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 c. ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
hamburger buns (or Texas Toast like KristaKooks used)

Sprinkle onion and garlic over bottom of the crock and arrange the chicken thighs on top.

In a small bowl, stir together the ketchup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, oil, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, chipotle chili powder, and salt; pour over chicken thighs. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours, until chicken is fork-tender and pulls apart easily.

Remove the chicken from the slow cooker. With two forks, pull apart the meat into shredded chunks; return to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and leave on the KEEP WARM setting until ready to serve. Spoon onto warm hamburger buns.My sous chef and I are big fans of this recipe! The only problem that I have with this recipe is that the BBQ is all sweet. If you are a sweet only person when it comes to BBQ sauce, then this will be no problem for you. However, I wanted mine to have some more spice. Thus, next time, I think I'd like to add pepper, cayenne pepper, more chipotle pepper, or something else to give it some heat. I like the sweet taste, but I want to taste some spice, too.

This is a crazy easy recipe and totally delicious! find your busiest week this week and get this meal prepared for it :) You'll be glad you did!


  1. Your chicken sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Krista, Could you substitute chicken breasts for this one? And do you put the chicken in raw? I have heard that you have to cook the chicken before you put it in there but am always looking for recipes that you could just put it in raw- and if that were the case here that would be awesome!!! We are very limited on time and resources, to say the least :) -Brittany Bankhead-Kendall

  3. Brittany, absolutely you can substitue chicken breasts. I am pretty sure that's what I did anyway now that I think about it.

    I would just put the chicken breasts in, girl. For this recipe, there is no need to pre-cook them.

    Yes, just take the chicken breasts, put them in the crock pot on top of the garlic and onion, pour the sauce on top, and set it to forget it :)

    So glad you asked!

  4. o yea taking this to the hotel room and finish it of there while i wait on the fireworks to blow up over the river...chillin in baton rouge la

  5. maybe you could help me out with this one.what kind of drinks could i pre make to take to the hotel?once i get to the hotel i will be limited to things i need .any suggestions??ty karla in baton rouge la



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