Tender, tangy, sweet and smoky, Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken with the most amazing homemade BBQ sauce is the perfect busy weekday meal or ideal for large gatherings and makes the best Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches! Another recipe for your back pocket when you need an easy, stress free, make ahead dinner that tastes like you have slaved away for hours!
But really the slow cooker has done all the work. Got to LOVE that.
The slow cooker has done it again creating an easy, almost effortless meal that fills your home with the aroma of smoky backyard barbecue while you go about your business, not having to babysit the barbecue or worry about “what’s for dinner?” Because barbecue is for dinner. Juicy, tender, fall-apart, homemade barbecue sauce smothered chicken, to be exact.
Its hard to imagine a more beloved all American meal than barbecue chicken. Its perfect for so many reasons and for so many occasions because its just so irresistibly easy to let the crockpot do all the work – and everyone loves barbecue chicken! So naturally, finding a favorite slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken is definitely a must. I hope this version of Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken becomes your new favorite!
As in all barbecue chicken recipes, they are only as good as the barbecue sauce so I scaled down my favorite homemade barbecue sauce that I first created for my Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. Its an intoxicating blend of ketchup, molasses, brown sugar and my secret ingredient, blackberry preserves which balances out the acidity with subtle sweetness. To infuse the barbecue sauce with a rainbow of flavor, I added paprika, chili powder, chipotle powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Not too spicy, not too sweet, but just right. But if you want it sweeter, feel free to add more brown sugar and if you want it spicier, feel free to add more chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper – totally customizable!
And totally crave worthy.
Let the chicken cruise for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low until its fall apart tender then shred. The chicken will release moisture as it cooks and the barbecue sauce will thin as it bathes the chicken, so I like to thicken up my sauce at this point by whisking 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Add this slurry to your slow cooker along with your shredded chicken so your chicken can drink in all the juices and and the sauce can add “rich and thick” to is repertoire of tangy, sweet and smoky.
Our favorite way to down this BBQ Shredded Chicken is piled high on rolls (homemade Hawaiian rolls pictured coming soon), with my coleslaw from my Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, but they would also be delicious in wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups, taquitos, tacos, burritos, on pizza and even over rice. Soooo many ways to eat this chicken which means soooo many easy, beloved meals for you! Thank you back pocket Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken. Thank you.
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