I use my slow cooker all year round. It's great in the summer when you don't want to turn your oven on and heat up the entire kitchen. But I do tend to use it more in the fall and winter. I love making things like stew, chili and roast during the colder months.
Today I'm sharing with you a simple recipe for pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches, including my recipe for homemade BBQ sauce. Don't get me wrong, I buy bottles from the store from time to time, but this recipe is crazy simple and totally delicious. It's sweet and tangy, with a kick from a little red pepper flakes. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Recipe written by The Chef Next Door
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1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large, or 2 small, garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/2 cup water
Red pepper flakes, a couple of dashes or more, depending on how spicy you want it
1 1/2 lbs. fresh chicken tenders
Combine all of the ingredients, except the chicken, directly in the slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add the chicken to the slow cooker and turn the tenders over a few times to coat them in the sauce. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
When the chicken is cooked through and tender, shred it with two forks. Add it back to the sauce and let it simmer a few minutes more.
Top your sandwich buns with the shredded chicken and a spoonful of the BBQ sauce.