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Are you ready to learn the secret of the BEST slow cooker BBQ chicken?
I adore cooking with my slow cooker, but I often don’t think of using it in the summer, for whatever reason. Crockpot meals are comfort food for me…and comfort food makes me think of cold weather.
This week, though, I cooked two meals in the crock pot – one old recipe and one new recipe. The new recipe – slow cooked BBQ chicken – was such a hit that I watched my boys devour the entire pan before my eyes. I’m talking plates piled high with cleaned-off bones.
I was impressed.
I’ve made easy 2-ingredient BBQ chicken in the crock pot plenty of times (you know the recipe – dump chicken in the crock pot and cover with BBQ sauce). It’s good and it’s certainly easy, but it doesn’t wow me.
As much as I love chicken in the crockpot, I do have one complaint…the chicken becomes so tender that it falls off the bone and becomes a mess. But when I cook drumsticks and thighs on the grill or in the oven, I often find that the flavors don’t get on the part of the chicken that I’m actually eating (I’m not a skin-eater, so I like my chicken – not the skin – to be infused with flavors).
This recipe seemed to take care of both issues. You start out with a full-flavor dry rub of spices and seasonings and top with a small amount of BBQ sauce over the top. Instead of swimming in liquids that you add at the beginning, this chicken starts out relatively “dry” and is cooked in its own juices.
I know…I’m probably being too picky. But I’m telling you. I’m VERY enthusiastic about this chicken. It was the best bone-in chicken I’ve cooked inside my house.
The cast iron searing at the end was the clincher for me. It took a basic crockpot chicken to a whole new level of slow-cooker awesomeness. Yes, it means that you have another dish to clean (ask my husband…I am not a fan of hand-washing the crock pot!), but the added depth of flavor is totally worth the extra time and effort.
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This looks delicious! I love BBQ chicken.
Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week!
I took KristieKatz advice and used the crockpot method because I had a playdate scheduled and needed to have something for dinner. I wish I had time to brown the legs before I put them in the crockpot, but I browned up the legs when I got home, and wound up thickening the sauce on high for 35 minutes so it reached the glaze point. I doubled the recipe, used 13 legs and served rice noodles on the side. My husband said that the noodles need to be a staple in our dinners. Great taste, my 5 year old licked her hands clean after every bite and I haven’t seen her messier since she was a toddler eating spaghetti. And my one year old did a happy dance after every bite. Great recipe, next time I’m going to try this with Alton Brown’s baked brown rice. ?
Karen Glatt says
I am going to make your awesome bbq chicken recipe and Slow cooking meat makes it taste so tender and delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Mmmm our grill kicked the bucket so this sounds like a good way of getting some BBQ in before the summer escapes!!
Lory from The Robin's Nest Designs says
oops, typed that wrong. It’s 5:30 Eastern Time. :)
Lory from The Robin's Nest Designs says
This looks like a keeper! I will have to try this. :) Thanks for sharing at The Living With Style Linky Party. I hope you link up again this week. Doors open Wednesday at 5:30 AM MST.
Pauline Molinari says
Your BBQ chicken looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us this week on the Monday Funday Party!
Joan Merrell says
This recipe looks wonderful! I love to find great recipes for chicken done in the crock pot. Thanks for sharing this recipe. :)
Aah! This looks so yummy! I am a fan of BBQ sauce ever since. I know this tastes really good. Oh! Now, I’m hungry. =D
This looks so good! I love the idea of combining the slow cooker and skillet to cook the chicken!