I really, really love barbecue and if given the choice – would eat it a couple times a week. But my husband is not a big fan, so I don’t make it very often. However today he ate a big lunch out, and that means he won’t want any dinner, and therefore friends – it’s Barbecue Night! The kids and I have a really hectic day ahead of us – so this is going to be a slow cooker recipe.
Here’s the ingredients you’ll need!
- 3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Bottle of BBQ Sauce (I've got KC Masterpiece here, since it was in my stockpile)
- 1/2 cup Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper (or a generic brand is fine)
- 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp onion flakes
- Put the chicken breasts in the crockpot for 4-6 hours on Low. Shred about an hour before it's finished and put it back in. Sooooo good!
Normally I add vinegar and some brown sugar when I cook BBQ in the crockpot – but when I got out my bottle of vinegar it looked like this:
And that’s when I noticed it had expired in Feb. of 2012 (It’s now October). Since Vinegar’s job is to break down the meat and make it more tender and easier to shred – I went for the next best meat-breaker-downer – Coke. Actually – nix that – I didn’t have Coke either. Pepsi will do in a pinch, although it’s less acidic and therefor a little less effective for our purposes.
And since Pepsi is full of sugar – we can leave out the brown sugar as well! We killed two birds with one stone there!
So put the chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot and turn it on low. Pour in 1/2 cup soda, 1 bottle of sauce*, then sprinkle the red pepper and onion on top. Let cook for about 4-6 hours on Low. Near the end, shred the chicken and return it to the crockpot until it’s finished.
*If you don’t like your BBQ very saucy, only put in half the bottle of sauce and reserve the rest for the end so you can eyeball it to perfection.
Now – when I run in the door tonight at 5 and have to turn around and leave again at 5:30 – all we’ll do is spoon BBQ Chicken onto our buns right out of the crockpot with a side of quickly microwaved corn and baked beans and voila! Dinner is served! Check out that yummy, saucy chicken….