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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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