Easy Pulled BBQ Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

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pulled bbq chicken slow cooker recipe

BBQ Pulled Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

This pulled BBQ chicken is tangy, sweet, and full of flavor. It is an easy meal that you can just throw in the slow cooker – set it and forget it, right? I love the ease of dinners like this, but it has to taste good too!

I recently came across a slow cooker recipe for pulled BBQ chicken that claimed to be the best. Of course, I needed to try it. I searched a little more, found another recipe with potential and decided to make them at the same time, for comparison sake. (Sometimes I get a little crazy like that.)

pulled bbq chicken homemade sauce ingredients

The Winning Recipe

While the “best” BBQ chicken may be that person’s favorite recipe (and it was not bad), I actually like the other recipe better. Some of my favorite taste-testers graciously offered their services and they all agreed with me. And so, this recipe went right onto the list of recipes that I feel I must share with you!

homemade sauce for pulled bbq chicken in slow cooker

Homemade Sauce for Pulled BBQ Chicken

The sauce for this recipe is homemade but still easy. It is just a matter of throwing the ingredients together, then adding it all to the slow cooker.

P.S. I love using slow cooker liners in my slow cookers because the clean-up is so much easier.

If you don’t have molasses, you can try using honey, dark corn syrup, maple syrup, or dark brown sugar instead. I haven’t tried this recipe with substitutions though, so I can’t vouch for the results. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how it goes if you try it out.

pulled bbq chicken in the kitchenaid

How to Shred Chicken Fast

Shredding chicken with a stand mixer really only takes a few seconds. Super fast and easy! Yes, you do dirty more dishes, but sometimes it is worth it.

If you don’t feel like using this method or you don’t have a stand mixer, you can also just use a fork, it just takes a bit more time. It’s worth it either way though!

Final Thoughts & Serving Tips

I really like the sweet and tangy flavor of this pulled BBQ chicken sandwich. It definitely doesn’t taste like you just threw in a bottle of store-bought BBQ sauce, and in a good way. Feel free to serve the sandwiches along with your favorite BBQ sauce for more BBQ flavor though. (Here is a fantastic homemade BBQ sauce recipe if you like Sweet Baby Ray’s.)

Serve your pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches with a green salad, fruit, coleslaw, or whatever else you want, and you’ve got an easy, family-friendly meal! Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken with easy homemade sauce

Pulled bbq chicken slow cooker recipe

Easy Pulled BBQ Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

Sweet, tangy, pulled BBQ chicken that's easy to cook up in the slow cooker.
5 / 5 ( 4 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6


  • Slow Cooker



  • Spread the chopped onion over the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the chicken on top of the onion.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, vinegar, mustard, molasses, onion powder, cumin, garlic powder, hot sauce, and salt. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for about 5 to 6 hours, until the chicken is fork-tender and cooked through.
  • Remove chicken and shred it. Then return it to the slow cooker and stir until coated with sauce. Serve with rolls or buns for a delicious sandwich!

Recipe Notes

If you don't have molasses, you can try using honey, dark corn syrup, maple syrup, or dark brown sugar instead. I haven't tried this recipe with substitutions though, so I can't vouch for the results. ๐Ÿ™‚


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 778mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g
Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar, Chicken, Cumin, Dijon Mustard, Ketchup, Molasses, Onion, Salt
Meal Type: Main Dish, 4th of July, Father's Day, New Year's Eve, Super Bowl Party, Dairy Free, Egg Free
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Sandwiches and Burgers, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Slow Cooker

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