Sunday, January 20, 2013

Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken

The crockpot...  I have a love/hate relationship with this kitchen appliance.  I love it because you can get something started in it before leaving for work, and you come home to a home smelling like something delicious ready to be consumed.  But I hate it because preparing a meal in it requires planning.  You generally can't just "throw it in the crockpot" 2 hours before dinner time.  Which is why I end up eating cereal for dinner.  A lot.  But there are rare occasions that I plan and prepare...

Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 large)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8 oz of beer (something more in the amber color)
  • 32 oz of barbecue sauce
  1. Season chicken with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. Add to crockpot, then add beer and 24 ounces of the barbecue sauce.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours, tossing once or twice if desired.  
  4. After 8 hours, shred and add remaining barbecue sauce.  
  5. Serve as desired.
  • "Thinner" the barbecue sauce works better than thicker sauce.  If you choose to use a thicker sauce, you may want to add a little more beer (or liquid) in order for the sauce not to burn and thicken on the edges. 
  • Can substitute ginger ale, chicken stock, or even water for the beer.
  • This makes a lot of chicken.  Freeze in freezer container for later.
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