Pulled BBQ Chicken in the crockpot is hands down the EASIEST way to make BBQ chicken. MINIMAL prep with MAXIMUM results!
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How do you pull a chicken?
Pulled chicken is just a fancy way of saying shredded chicken. No live chickens were harmed in this recipe LOL!
This recipe is for shredded bbq chicken, not a game of tug of war with chickens.
Not only is it easy and fun to make, it makes the most delicious, tender and juicy chicken you ever put in your mouth.
And this pulled bbq chicken is a great dish for summer gatherings, tailgating, pot lucks, parties, and picnics.
Also great for cooler weather when you are missing that summer sun.
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This simple bbq pulled chicken recipe has just 4 ingredients. If you choose to use a store-bought BBQ sauce, it only needs 2!!
Ingredients for Pulled BBQ Chicken
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- brown sugar
How to make bbq pulled chicken
STEP ONE: In a small bowl, whisk ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar to make the homemade BBQ sauce.
STEP TWO: Place chicken breasts in crock pot. Pour BBQ sauce over chicken and spread evenly.
STEP THREE: Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Remove chicken from crockpot and place on cutting board.
STEP FOUR: Using 2 forks, pull chicken in to small pieces. Return back to crockpot and stir to coat with sauce and heat through.
STEP FIVE: Serve immediately on buns with toppings and extra bbq sauce.
How long should you cook chicken in crock pot?
This recipe takes 2-3 hours on high but I like to cook mine on low for 4-6 hours. I am usually scared of burning the bbq sauce.
Can you overcook chicken in a slow cooker?
It is possible to overcook the chicken. Left in too long and it will dry out and be tough to chew. Stick with the times listed in the recipe for optimal results.
Can you put BBQ sauce in the crock pot?
Yes, you can! I like to add more sauce after I finish shredding the chicken.
Letting it stay warm in the crock pot allows the flavors to really mix and the chicken to absorb more of the sauce.
Can you freeze pulled BBQ chicken?
You can freeze leftovers for 2 months in an airtight freezer container. It’s great for making a double batch so you have enough for a full meal at another time.
Can you make pulled chicken ahead of time?
If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, you can store the chicken in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
When ready to serve, toss back in the crock pot with a little additional sauce and heat on warm until ready to serve.
Uses for leftover crockpot bbq chicken
- baked potatoes
- pizza toppings
- stuffed peppers
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what goes with pulled bbq chicken?
Super Easy Pulled BBQ Chicken Crock Pot Recipe
- 3-4 Chicken Breasts, boneless skinless (~2lbs)
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons white vinegar
- BBQ sauce
- Slaw, optional
- Shredded lettuce, optional
- Pickles, optional
In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar for BBQ sauce
Place chicken breasts in Crockpot
Pour BBQ sauce over chicken
Cook on Low for 4-6 hours or High for 2-3 hours
Remove chicken from crockpot onto cutting board
Using 2 forks, pull chicken in to small pieces
Return back to crockpot and stir to coat with sauce and heat through
Serve immediately on buns with toppings and extra bbq sauce
Make Ahead Meal: After cooking, the chicken can also be frozen. Make a double batch and freeze part for another meal.
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