Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ Chicken

North Carolina BBQ Chicken cooked in a slow cooker with a healthy twist

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Chicken, Slow Cooker Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 600 kcal
Author Clare Major


  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp American Hot Sauce Frank’s is best, but Tabasco can work
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 700 grams Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast


  1. Mix together the vinegar, brown sugar, black pepper salt, and hot sauce in your 3 – 4.5L slow cooker, and then add the chicken.

  2. In a 3 – 4.5L slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 4-5 hours). If you only have a large 5 to 7L slow cooker or crockpot, ensure that you cook on low for approx. 6 hours. (See note below).

  3. Right before serving, shred the chicken with two forks and incorporate with sauce until all is covered.

  4. Serve on fresh white rolls with a healthy amount of coleslaw (see below), and add a shake or two of hot sauce on top. Bon Appetit!

Get ready to serve with these accompaniments:

  1. Ideally, you want to use a nice soft cob for your sandwiches (a Portuguese roll works well).

  2. Layer the pulled chicken with some coleslaw. You don’t have to go for a mayo-heavy recipe – consider using a Greek yoghurt coleslaw recipe

  3. While Carolina BBQ should be all about vinegar, we’ll forgive you if you choose to dollop some homemade BBQ sauce on top of your chicken.

  4. Additional hot sauce and/or vinegar for the table.

Recipe Notes