It’s time for some more crock pot love! I’ve been a crock pot maniac for these past few weeks, but when nothing is a failure, why stop? Next up: pulled chicken cooked in a homemade apple bacon marinade that later becomes a rich and thick BBQ sauce! And it’s oh so easy.
I’m marrying a man that loves barbecue. He was raised in the south (“south”) and is a barbecuein’, meat smokin’, grillin’ kind of man. I am not that kind of person. I don’t like eating messy foods with my hands. I don’t want sauce all over my hands, face, and clothes. I want to use a fork and a knife for all foods.
So when we agree on a BBQ recipe that fits his manly man persona and my girly girl attitude, you know we’re in business, baby. He insists that this is the best chicken barbecue that he’s ever eaten. And he doesn’t lie.
We adapted this BBQ recipe on a whim. It’s a version of the sauce recipe that we usually use for Mr. Blair’s Famous Smoked Beef Brisket. Nope, there’s no recipe. Just know that it involves magic, love, patience, and THIS APPLE BACON BBQ SAUCE. It’s smooth and thin, sweet and tangy. Full of vinegar and brown sugar and kicked up a few notches with fresh veggies, apples, bacon, and spices. It is destined to be combined with chicken to make one amazing sandwich and impress your friends and family.
In an effort to eat less red meat (for our health and for the planet), and due to a complete lack of suitable pork items in the fridge and freezer, we chose to let this BBQ sauce swim with some chicken breasts and thighs. Keepin’ it healthy, but adding some yumminess.
Winning. Nope, sorry. I keep forgetting that no one (except Courtney from Ben’s season of the Bachelor) still says that.
We’ve been snacking on pulled chicken leftovers this week and I can proudly say that it tastes just as good after a few days. Still super moist and super delicious. And one of the easiest crock pot recipes that I’ve ever made.
– 1 cup ketchup
– 2/3 cup white vinegar
– 1/2 cup light beer
– 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
– 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
– 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
– 3/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne
– 1/3 cup bacon bits
– 1 large apple, peeled and diced
– 1/2 large onion, diced
– 1/2 large green pepper, diced
– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 4 boneless chicken thighs
Combine all sauce ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well. Add thawed (or frozen) chicken to 4 quart crock pot and cover with BBQ sauce. Cook on high for 4 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and tender. Remove chicken from crock pot and allow to cool slightly. Shred with fork and knife.
Carefully ladle BBQ sauce into blender 1/2 cup at a time, and blend until smooth. Repeat with remaining BBQ sauce. Add 1/2 cup sauce to crock pot with shredded chicken, stir to coat.
Add remaining BBQ sauce to saucepan on stove. Boil 10-15 minutes, until thickened (should coat the back of a spoon easily). Pour over chicken, stir to combine. Heat on warm until ready to serve. YUM!
Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce recipe? Share it with me!
Want more crock pot recipes? Check out my Crock Pot Challenge wrap up – 9 easy and delicious slow cooker recipes!