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When people think of Memphis a few things come to mind and BBQ is one of them. Today I’m sharing one of the easiest BBQ recipes I fix for my family, and it happens to be a favorite. Only I don’t use pork, I go for skinless chicken breast which is lower in fat and much healthier.
There are a couple of reasons why this recipe is so easy. First: it’s a slow-cooker recipe, so there’s only one pot to wash, and if you have a busy day it cooks itself. Second, if you use boneless chicken, you can put the chicken in the crock pot frozen. It’s safe to defrost as it cooks on low all day. So if you’re like me and forget to lay out your meat, you still have dinner plans.
I have a stove that has a slow cook feature, so I can cook larger quantities than a normal crock pot can accommodate. So I generally cook 3 pounds of chicken at once. This either gives us at least a couple of good meals, or enough to freeze for later.
The recipe is basic and easily adjusted to personal taste.
- 3 pounds of boneless chicken breast, or strips
- Favorite BBQ Seasoning
- Favorite BBQ Sauce
Place frozen chicken in your crock pot; shake on seasoning; and douse chicken in BBQ sauce–don’t forget to salt. Cook all day for 8-10 hours. At the 5-7 hour mark, shred the chicken. The picture below shows what mine looked like at this point. The chicken will probably be finished cooking, and will soak up all the juice. Add more BBQ sauce, stir, and allow to cook longer so the chicken will absorb more of the flavor. I even add a little more shake. Make sure you stir your sauce and seasoning in so it will be mixed well with the chicken.
My family likes the the meat juicy, so I use almost an entire bottle of sauce on one batch of chicken. Prince Charming likes his sloppy, so he adds more sauce to his sandwich.
Living in Memphis, there’s no shortage of choice BBQ places, and my family’s favorite is Central BBQ. That’s where we buy our Shake and Sauce. They also have some awesome homemade bbq chips.
This can be a very inexpensive dish to serve your family. Chicken is one of the less expensive meats, and frozen veggies can be purchased for $1 a bag on sale.
BBQ Chicken sandwiches are a great alternative to traditional pork bbq, and lower in fat. When you substitute frozen veggies: broccoli & cheese, green beans, or brussel sprouts for the traditional sides of baked beans and mac & cheese you can cut the fat and calories even more. Coleslaw, another staple isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but can be filled with calories. I’ve even served this over hot brown rice for something different.
If you want to serve your bbq sandwiches a traditional Memphis way, put your slaw on your sandwich instead of the side.
If you want to try some new ways to eat bbq, here’s a local favorite: BBQ Nachos. Prince Charming and I really enjoy this treat. Tortilla chips, covered in your shredded bbq chicken, then topped with nacho cheese sauce. He adds more bbq sauce, but that’s a personal taste choice. Another Memphis favorite, BBQ Spaghetti. Instead of tomato sauce, you guessed it, use your bbq chicken.