Thursday, January 3, 2013

Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken

I made this tonight, and it was SO tasty!!  BUT, I halved the entire recipe and used about 1.3 pounds chicken breasts (which was 3 chicken breasts) and no lemon.  I shredded the chicken in the crockpot after about 6.5 hours on low, then stirred it a bit and put the crockpot on the "warm" setting.  Gary ate it on buns, but I just ate it plain- yum!  Both kids liked it too.

2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 (3-3.5 lb.) cut-up whole chicken (I used 1.3 pounds chicken breasts)
1/2 cup cola soft drink (I used diet Coke)
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp bourbon (I used Jack Daniels because it's all we had in the house!)
1 lemon, sliced (I did NOT use any lemon)

1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over chicken.  Place chicken in a single layer in a lightly greased 6-qt slow cooker.

2. Whisk together cola soft drink and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl.  Slowly pour mixture between chicken pieces (to avoid removing spices from chicken).  Place lemon slices in a single layer on top of chicken.

3. Cover and cook on high 5 hours (or on low 6.5 to 7.5 hours) or until done.

4. Transfer chicken pieces to a serving platter; discard lemon slices.  Skim fat from pan juices in slow cooker.  Pour pan juices over chicken; serve immediately.


Prepare through step 3 then remove chicken from slow cooker and let cool slightly, discard lemons.  Skin, bone and shred chicken.  Skim fat from pan juices and pour over chicken.  Serve chicken on buns.

From Southern Living mag.

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