I have eaten out so much in the last four or so days that I would be happy to never eat at another restaurant again. I ate out a bunch when friends were visiting, and then I went to visit a friend where we proceeded to eat out a couple of times. I was really excited to come home and be able to cook again. I was browsing around on Cooking Light when I saw a recipe for pulled chicken, and I immediately knew that was what I wanted to make. The Cooking Light recipe required grilling the chicken before shredding it, and I decided that I would rather just do something in my crock pot. I began a search for a good crock pot pulled chicken recipe and came up with one from a blog called How Sweet It Is.
This recipe uses beer as indicated by the title, and it really just adds this delicious, subtle flavour to the chicken. I changed the recipe up a bit because I didn’t realize that I was out of paprika. If you would rather use the original, just check it out on the link above. I have changed the recipe to go with my substitutions below. The original also only uses 8 ounces of beer, but I couldn’t find a good, thin barbeque sauce so I used a full 12 ounce bottle of beer to help thin out the sauce that I bought (Stubb’s Original). This ended up being pretty spicy, but it was so good. I would definitely make this again, and it would be perfect for serving lots of people. I think it could probably serve 6 to 8 people depending on how much they eat. Maybe only 4 to 6 if you are feeding giant men.
Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken
3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. liquid Mesquite smoke
12 oz. beer (I used Dos Equis Amber)
32 oz. barbeque sauce (I used Stubb’s Original, but the original recipe says to use a thin sauce such as Bone Suckin’. If you can find a thinner sauce, then you should cut back the amount of beer to 8 oz.)
Season chicken with onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. In reality, I didn’t even measure any of the seasoning ingredients. I just sprinkled them on the chicken until I thought it looked right.
Add to crockpot, then add beer and 24 ounces of barbecue sauce.
Cook on low for 8 hours, tossing once or twice if desired. After 8 hours, shred and add remaining barbecue sauce. Toss chicken to coat and let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving to absorb everything. Serve with some corn on the cob!