Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe


  • 3-4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (Use your favorite store-bought brand or try a homemade version)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Prep the slow cooker: Lightly spray the inside of your slow cooker (Crock-Pot) with cooking spray for easy cleanup.
  • Combine the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add chicken and sauce: Place the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture over the top. Toss the chicken so it’s well coated.
  • Slow cook: Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours. The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F and shreds easily with a fork.
  • Shred the chicken: Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred it using two forks.
  • Return to the sauce: Place the shredded chicken back in the Crock-Pot with the sauce and stir to combine. Let it cook for an extra 15-20 minutes for the flavors to meld.
  • Serve: Enjoy your delicious BBQ chicken on buns, in sandwiches, over rice, or with your favorite sides!


  • Homemade BBQ sauce: If you want a more customized flavor, experiment with a homemade BBQ sauce recipe. There are many great ones available online.
  • Adjust the sweetness: Vary the amount of brown sugar based on your preference for a sweeter or less sweet sauce.
  • Extra spice: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes if you like a kick.
  • Serving suggestions: Serve with hamburger buns, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, or mac and cheese.


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