This easy crock pot Shredded BBQ Chicken recipe will have you eating the best tender, melt in your mouth shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches all the time!  With a simple homemade Tennessee style BBQ sauce made rich with molasses and strong coffee, this versatile family recipe is sure to become a quick favorite.  Plus, I’ve got instructions for making this comfort food in the oven too.  It just doesn’t get any better than this!

A Shredded Chicken BBQ Sandwich with pickles and a crock pot in the background.

What You Need To Make BBQ Shredded Chicken

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ketchup
  • strong coffee
  • apple cider vinegar
  • molasses
  • brown sugar
  • minced garlic
  • sweet onion
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • stone ground mustard
  • chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper

Chicken in a crockpot, and ingredients for the bbq sauce to make BBQ shredded chicken.

Don’t you just love a good BBQ sandwich?  There’s nothing better than a rich, flavor packed sauce mixed with tender chicken, pork or beef that’s been cooked just right. 

And while we all love a good smoked meat, that’s not always possible. The wood chips. The smoker. Getting up at all hours of the night to check on it.  It all produces divine results. 

But I’m needing something I can make happen on the every day, even when I’m busy.  Something that’s going to bring my family together around the table.  Satisfy hungry appetites and bring them back smiling for more.  

Finished BBQ shredded chicken in a crock pot with sandwich buns in the background.

Isn’t it good to know that we can make that kind of mouthwateringly delicious BBQ sandwich right at home in our crock pots or ovens?  And better yet, it makes aplenty!  Which is important because your your family is going to love this!

An up close of a shredded BBQ chicken sandwich with pickles and coleslaw.

The only thing better than hearing, “Mom, can I have another one of those sandwiches?” is being able to say “yes, you can.”  Whether it’s for seconds or thirds, or even late at night, it’s hard to beat the happiness that comes from knowing you really can serve your family food they’ll love!

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Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (Crock Pot Recipe)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
 

This easy recipe with a homemade brown sugar BBQ sauce made rich with molasses and strong coffee will have you eating tender, melt in your mouth shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches all the time!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, chicken, sandwich
Servings: 6
Author: Stacey | SouthernDiscourse.com
Ingredients
  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 C ketchup
  • 1 C strong coffee
  • 1/3 C apple cider vinegar
  • 5 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp stone ground mustard
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 C water
Instructions
  1. Turn slow cooker on low and place chicken side by side in bottom of slow cooker.

  2. In a medium, bowl whisk together the rest of the ingredients to create sauce.

  3. Pour over chicken. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

  4. When chicken is fall apart tender, use two forks to shred. Mix shredded chicken in sauce and let cook for another 10 minutes. Serve on buns with coleslaw.

Can I Make This Recipe in the Oven?

  • Yes, you can!  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place chicken with sauce (MINUS the 1/2 C water) in a large casserole dish.  Cover and cook for 30-45 minutes.  Shred chicken.  Cook 5-10 more minutes and serve.

Can I Make This Recipe Using Dark Meat?

  • Yes!  Sometimes, I use about 8 boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts when making this recipe.  Many BBQ (and chicken) enthusiasts prefer to cook with dark meat because it tends to be more tender and juicy than white meat.  It is also easier to shred!

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