BBQ Beer Can Shredded Chicken

BBQ Beer Can Chicken

Confession time. In my {almost} 26 years of existence, I have never drank a whole beer. I’ve tried it, of course, but I can’t seem to acquire a taste for it. While all my friends are tapping the keg, I am that weirdo drinking a glass of Moscato while tailgating at football games. I am one classy gal, I tell you.

Nevertheless, this recipe involves a cup of your favorite beer, but trust me, you can’t taste it. It simply flavors the sauce and helps make the chicken moist and tender. The recipe itself is so ridiculously easy, as it takes little prep work ahead of time. There’s nothing I love more than throwing ingredients into the crockpot and letting it do its magic. By the time you get home from work, you have delicious, tender chicken in a thick, flavorful BBQ sauce. All that’s left to do is to shred the chicken and toast some buns. So easy even husbands can do it. :)

The recipe yields quite a bit, but it freezes wonderfully to be used later to make pizza, quesadillas, paninis, etc.

BBQ Beer Can Shredded Chicken
Yields: 8-10 servings

BBQ Beer Can Chicken

3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 large)
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup beer (any kind you like)
3-3 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce

Add all the ingredients, other than the chicken into the bowl of a crockpot and stir to combine. Add the chicken and cover with the sauce. Cook on low for about 6 hours.

Shred the chicken, and serve on toasted kaiser rolls and top with coleslaw.

*Freezer-Friendly Tip* – Freeze extra chicken in ziplock bags to use for pizza, quesadillas and baked potatoes.

Source: The Dainty Chef


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  1. says

    Yum! My first thought was “I could freeze this!” We received a chest freezer for Christmas and it’s probably my favorite gift because we’ll get so much use out of it.

    As a pregnant Momma, with hopes of breastfeeding soon, the 1 cup of beer in this recipe isn’t anything to worry about, is it? Can you tell I’m a first-time Momma at that? :-)

    Thanks for sharing, it looks so great!

    • says

      I’m jealous! I can’t wait to buy a house so we have room for a chest freezer. I wouldn’t worry about the beer, I would imagine that most of the alcohol cooks out of it. Even if it doesn’t, you would only consume a few tablespoons with each sandwich, so a very minimal amount. Can’t believe it’s almost baby time for you! :)

    • Lindsay says

      Don’t know if you’ll ever see this, but beer is FINE to drink while breastfeeding. One or two, anyways. Dark beer (although for most women, any alcohol will work) can actually increase your milk supply. Drinking one or two won’t effect baby in the least bit. :)

  2. Darcy says

    This was delicious. We made it for dinner tonight and it was super easy. This was vital since we were tiling our kitchen and took only a small break to shove our faces full of this awesome dish. I am super excited about all the recipes I can make with the left over chicken as well. When I shredded the chicken I added a couple of hand fulls of brown sugar (real precise) and then let it simmer for an hour longer. My partner and child have a major sweet tooth. I think next time I will add just a little bit more BBQ sauce but overall no complaints from this busy family!


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