Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Shredded BBQ Chicken in the Slow CookerMy family loves shredded chicken in pretty much any form and shredded bbq chicken is no exception. The hubby and kids are always happy when they see this on the menu and I’m always happy to have such an easy meal to prepare. Between a 2 year old, 4 year old, and being 6 months pregnant, I’m usually pretty exhausted by dinner time, so I’ll take any chance I can get to prepare dinner before lunch time! It helps that it’s super tasty too!!
I’ve always made my shredded bbq chicken with store bought bbq sauce. It was only recently that I discovered how yummy and easy homemade was. I use the bbq sauce recipe for all of our bbq needs now and both the kids and husband love the spicy kick that this recipe has! Of course, since it’s homemade, you can always adjust the ingredients to make it a little more sweet, or a little less spicy to suit your families needs. I love this recipe and I’m sure any bbq lovin’ family will too!

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Adapted From SkinnyTaste

Yields About 1 Cup


1 (16 Ounce) Can Tomato Sauce
1 (6 Ounce) Can Tomato Paste
1/2 Red Wine Vinegar + 2 Tablespoons
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Molasses
1 1/2 Teaspoons Liquid Smoke
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

If using this as a condiment for dipping or topping, place all ingredients into a small pot and simmer over low heat form 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
If using this to cook with (i.e. grilled bbq chicken or shredded bbq chicken), there is no need to simmer this first. Just combine all ingredients and use as desired.

Shredded BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Shredded BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Yields 10-12 Servings


3 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 Recipe BBQ Sauce (Recipe Above)

In the pot of a slow cooker, add in chicken breast and bbq sauce and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 7. Using tongs, shred the chicken (while still in the crock pot) and stir well to coat in the sauce. Continue cooking on low for one more hour. Serve on your favorite sandwich buns (I use whole wheat) and enjoy!

I mix the sauce in the bottom of the crock pot and then throw in the chicken to save on dishes, but it’s up to you how lazy you want to be :)  Shredded BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker

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