A personal take on a recipe from the "Slow Cooker Bible" and based on recipes typical of North Carolina styled BBQ. The sauce is tangy and flavorful but not spicy as the amount of hot sauce is just enough to balance the sweetness of the ketchup. Certainly mild enough to serve to kids. It you want more zing, add more tabasco or a chopped chipotle pepper en adobo. (If your crock pot is large enough, this easily doubles and the leftovers can be frozen.)
- 1 medium onions or 1⁄2 large onion, thinly sliced
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 pinch salt
- Cut the onion in half and slice into thin half rings. Line the bottom of the crock pot with the onions.
- Trim the chicken breasts and place on top of the bed of onions.
- Mix all of the sauce ingredients together and pour on top of the chicken covering completely. (I make the sauce the night before so that it is a simple dump and run in the morning.)
- Cook for 6 hours on low setting. The sauce thickens and turns into a dark rich brown during cooking. At the same time the onions dissolve into the sauce.
- When the chicken is falling apart tender, take two forks and shred the chicken.
- Serve on top of split buns. I like mine toasted so they hold up better to the weight of the shredded chicken.
- Suggested sides include baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw or cucumber salad.
I do a 50/50 breakdown with ketchup and bbq sauce because we like things spicy. I am also quite liberal with the seasonings. Other than that, I make this as is. It had not only become my go-to omg-what-are-we-going-to-have-for-dinner-tomorrow meal, but a great meal to home to after a hike with the BF or a whole group of friends. Well done.
this was fantastic...i actually made it for my wedding and it was a huge hit...i did add a lil bbq sauce for extra flavoring as well as lemon pepper...was a lil watery so i put paper towels under the lid and it sucked up all the moisture! fantastic and will def make it again
This was really great! I read the reviews and did 1/2 ketchup and 1/2 BBQ (Jack Daniels BBQ). I also threw the chicken in while it wasa still frozen and it came out really nicely. I did leave the top off for a little while to thicken the sauce up (probably from the frozen chicken). Over all a really great recipe I will do this one again!!