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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken

This is probably one of the easiest meals you could possibly make.  The hardest part of it is opening the bottle of barbecue sauce.  Truthfully, you could make this with only two ingredients: chicken and barbecue sauce.  I just happen to think it tastes better when doctored up a bit.

I love using the crock pot whenever I can.  It's no fuss and easy cleanup.  The only problem I have is I usually forget I have to start dinner in the morning.  I got lucky this time and remembered when I was making lunch at around noon.  It only needs 4-6 hours so my timing was perfect.

You could definitely use your own barbecue sauce for this if you happen to make your own.  I have a really great recipe, but it's a bulk recipe that you have to can and I'm too lazy to can it.  I usually just use a bottle of sauce.  I like Sweet Baby Ray's, but you can use whatever you like (or whatever is cheap).  I happened to get some of my favorite sauce on sale a few months ago and it's been calling my name ever since.

This is a little spicy for some people.  Bailey didn't eat any of it, but I'm not sure if it was the spiciness or because the meat was shredded.  She seems to have a problem with shredded meat.  It must be a texture thing.  Anyway, you don't have to add the crushed red pepper flakes if you don't like it spicy.  I just really love the flavor and kick it adds.  You also don't have to shred the meat.  You could try to chop it, but be warned that the meat will be falling apart by the time you're ready to chop it so you may end up with shreds anyway.

Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken

4-6 chicken breasts (you could also use boneless thighs)
18 oz bottle barbecue sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Place the chicken in the crock pot.  Combine all of the other ingredients in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup.  Stir with a fork.

Pour the mixture over the chicken and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Once the chicken is cooked through remove it from the sauce.

Shred or chop the meat.

Return to the sauce or pour it over the chicken on a serving plate.

Serve on hamburger buns with extra sauce on the side.

It goes great with baked beans and french fries.

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