With all the tang of delicious North Carolina Barbecue, this Slow Cooker NC Pulled Chicken will calm any craving you have for their notorious, vinegar based barbecue.
I wanted barbecue. No. Scratch that. I wanted NORTH CAROLINA barbecue. Don’t ask me why. I just did. All that vinegary, spicy goodness. YUM!! So, I thought I’d poke around and see what goes into making the sauce for NC BBQ. Granted, this isn’t a smoker recipe. It’s a slow cooker recipe. And it was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself!
I think it was a little sweeter than I was anticipating, and I probably could have cut the vinegar a little for the amount of chicken I had in there. However, I still thought it tasted delicious! I’m not sure how S like it. He’s not a huge vinegar fan. Sometimes I’m not either, but when it comes to NC barbecue, you can’t shy away from the vinegar.
This truly did hit the spot! Honestly. Since I can’t jaunt off to NC for dinner – yes I did say jaunt – I decided to make some at home. And since we can’t really smoke meat , barbecue or even GRILL, it was a slow cooker for me.
I love my slow cooker, don’t you? I use it one night a week and it’s such an easy way to throw a delicious meal together. Now, I have a HUGE, no, GYNORMOUS slow cooker. It’s great for a family of 6, but that’s not us. There’s 2 and a dog.
I really don’t want to purchase a new slow cooker. There’s nothing wrong with this one. I do have to seriously adjust my time when we’re using it. Those 8 to 10 hour cooking times are more like 5 to 8 hours for us.
My solution? Vacation timer. Seriously. Like, that $10 thing that has a clock face on it and you set the time when it turns on and off. So, there’s no need for a fancy schmancy slow cooker that’s programmable. That old, 90’s vacation timer is the answer to your prayers. Trust me on this one.
And trust me on this recipe. It’s tangy with just enough sweet and it’s spicy with the perfect flavor. So, take a trip in your kitchen to North Carolina and chow down on some barbecue.
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 8 whole wheat hamburger buns
- Place the chicken in the liner of a slow cooker coated with cooking spray.
- Combine remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken breasts. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or until the chicken is fork tender and shreds.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Divide the meat evenly between 8 hamburger buns.
- Serve with green chile & cheddar cornbread baked doughnuts and mixed greens.
PEP Counts – Yields 8 servings: