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BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe

BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe

Brining the chicken overnight helps make it taste exceptionally good. Plus, it’s so tender, it melts in your mouth. —Rachel Kunkel, Schell City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + brining Cook: 4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • BRINE:
  • 1-1/2 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 cup liquid smoke
  • 1-1/2 cups hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 16 slider buns or dinner rolls, split and warmed


  • 1. In a large bowl, mix brine ingredients, stirring to dissolve brown sugar. Reserve 1 cup brine for cooking chicken; cover and refrigerate.
  • 2. Place chicken in a large resealable bag; add remaining brine. Seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible; turn to coat chicken. Place in a large bowl; refrigerate 18-24 hours, turning occasionally.
  • 3. Remove chicken from brine and transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker; discard brine in bag. Add reserved 1 cup brine and 1/3 cup liquid smoke to chicken. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • 4. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Discard cooking juices. Shred chicken with two forks and return to slow cooker. Stir in barbecue sauce; heat through. Serve on buns. Yield: 8 servings (2 sliders each).

Nutritional Facts

2 sliders: 376 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 883mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein

Reviews for BBQ Chicken Sliders

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Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"This was Fantastic. I was worried that the chicken would dry out like it usually does with other crock pot recipes, but it didn't. the flavor was great!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Wow! Absolutely tremdous! Made exactly as written, flavor was perfect."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"Was very good, made per recipe even though I was skeptical with that much liquid smoke. Wasn't overpowering at all."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015


Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"This is amazing! I thought the chicken tasted wonderful before I even stirred in the BBQ sauce. What a wonderful smoky flavor! Big hit with us!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"Wow! The brine makes it amazing!!! I used bone in breasts, and KC Masterpiece Hickory bbq sauce. The flavor was out of this world and I will make it again!!"

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015


Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Chicken is moist and falls apart. Great recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"My family loved this! We served it on sesame seed hamburger buns with the freezer slaw and it was good! It doesn't specify what kind of liquid smoke to get so I just used the hickory smoke flavored liquid smoke and it turned out great! So easy to make too! Will def. make again!"

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"This is a big hit with everyone at my house. I foolishly think there will be leftovers every time I make it. Delicious!"

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Delicious! I followed the recipe as written; very simple with basic ingredients that would be found in most peoples' pantries. I did use a barbeque sauce that did not have high fructose corn syrup; don't think that made any difference in the taste. I served it with cheesy potatoes and a green salad. Next time I'll make a double batch and freeze smaller portions for quick meals. I think it would be tasty served over a baked potato with a little sour cream and chives."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"I didn't have time to brine overnight so I just made a cup of the brine to cook in. Still turned out great."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014


Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"i made this many times, i don't use the store bought BBQ sauce, i make my own. It's a family favorite"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"Absolutely AMAZING!!!! Will make regularly. This time did double the recipe. I got two meals, second meal was a pizza. AWESOME too!!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"Yummy!!! This is a keeper! Made a couple of changes--used thighs instead of breasts, as this is our preference. I started with 1 cup of barbecue sauce, which seemed like plenty for my amount of chicken, and then added a little of the cooking liquid to loosen it up. We'll definitely be making this one again!"

Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"We 6x this recipe for a Memorial Day family gathering and served them on regular soft and hard rolls. We served 25 people and still had enough left over for another dinner for our own family. Everyone really loved it and we had to share the recipe with all of them.."

Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"I really enjoyed these sliders for my Memorial Day party. Served it with dill pickle chips."

Reviewed May. 17, 2014

"Made this the other day as a test run to see if I would use it for a party I am having in a few weeks and it was awesome. I might try a few boneless thighs in for just a little bit more moisture. I served it with cole slaw, cheese and pickles. Yum! This is definitely a keeper"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Awesome recipe! I tripled the ingredients and made this for a family

BBQ and everyone absolutly loved it. One of the best BBQ recipes for chicken I have ever had or made."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"I loved this recipe! The only modification I made was that I used Italian seasoning instead of Stand alone thyme because I didn't have any. The liquid smoke measurements made the chicken delicious! The brine and the slow cooker made the chicken so tender that I just used my hands to shred it. I paired mine with some Dukes Southern Cole Slaw and French fries. ..yummy!"

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Made this last night to see how it would taste for the upcoming Super Bowl party. This is now a favorite in my house. Thank you so much for sharing!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"After making pork BBQ in the crockpot several times, I decided to give this recipe a try. It is fabulous and has become our go-to BBQ recipe. It is much easier to make than pork, very tender, and less fatty. Tastes delicious & freezes great. Our family loves it, and it would also be great for a crowd. I agree with others' suggestions about adding more BBQ sauce."

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"This was great for a crowd. I was concerned about the amount of liquid smoke but went with the amount called for. It was so good. I would add more bbq sauce next time. It was a little dry for me. Everyone at the dinner loved it!"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"Loved this! The brine made the chicken incredibly tender. The flavor was wonderful. The only change I made was to decrease the liquid smoke in the sauce by about half. I was worried it might be a little overpowering; cut in half it was perfect."

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"I love using my crockpot, and I was very eager to try this recipe. I've made it twice already, once with store-bought bbq sauce, and once with the Texas-Style BBQ sauce that was published in the June/July 2013 issue ( De-lish both times. My husband prefers it served on Hawaiian bread rolls. It's become an instant favorite in our house."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"loved it..I am a chef and this rocks!! Use it in my restaurant"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"Easy meal to start and forget about! Must start way in advance though!"

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"My youngest son is very critical of most recipes and always finds something to complain about. However, after he tasted these sliders, his exact words were, "Mom, these are sooooo good.""

Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"These are amazing!!!! The flavor is excellent, they are super easy and were a great hit with the family."

Reviewed May. 23, 2013


Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"These were so good! We have made them several times now. Great topped with the freezer slaw."

Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"I made this recipe for a gathering at my grandma's house. Everyone liked it, and still talk about it months later. I am making this ahead of time for a camping trip and will be reheating it in my coleman 3-in-1 Crockpot :)"

Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"I finally found a recipe that EVERYONE loves - my 3 kids and my husband. Definitely making this one again!"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"This recipe was just 'ok'. It was fun to experiment with a brined BBQ recipe but I wasn't a fan of my house smelling like liquid smoke. I'll stick with my other BBQ crock pot recipes in the future."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"I'm no gourmet chef, so complicated recipes kind of throw me but this was super easy and I loved it!! Will definetely make it again"

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"Since there is just my husband and myself, I reduced this recipe for 2 people, and we both enjoyed it. Since neither of us can have salt, I reduced it down to a teaspoon for us, as the BBQ Sauce has plenty of salt/sodium in it. I have passed this recipe onto other friends, and they too love it!


Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"Very tasty...loved it"

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"Awesome flavor! The house smelled like liquid smoke all day, but the flavor of the chicken was worth it."

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"These were fabulous! Next time I will have to double or even triple the recipe. Rave reviews from the friends and family who ate them. I also made the freezer slaw to top them off and everyone loved that too. 5 stars from this home! Thank you for sharing!"

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"Wow! These were amazing. My husband LOVED it and didn't complain about eating it for leftovers for a couple of days. It was so incredibly tender and the flavor was amazing!!"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Absolutely delicious! The chicken is so tender and flavorful. I was a little hesitant about so much liquid smoke, but it turned out great! We used a small amount of BBQ sauce on these, simply b/c the chicken had so much flavor of it's own. My 7 y/o immediately said these were a repeat!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"At first these looked like they might be a little complicated but they turned out to be really easy. They taste amazing! We always have a big crowd to feed ( 5 boys and 1 girl) and they loved them so much I had to double the recipe the second time I made them!"

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"LOVE this recipe! While at first glance it seems to involve a lot of time, it really doesn't. Most of the time is spent with the chicken sitting in the brine or cooking in the crock pot. Only about 20 minutes is actually spent in prepping the meal. I've tried different BBQ recipes and all fell somewhat flat to me. This has an awesome smokey flavor and the chicken is wonderfully tender! My husband raves about it! Will make again soon."

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I made this from this months magazine and the coleslaw was with it. But I see it is labeled as Freezer Slaw. Also, I did not add the 1/3 cup of Liquid Smoke when I cooked the chicken, it would have been way too over powering. And I adapted the recipe for 1 lbs chicken since I made this for my family. Will definitely make it again."

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Where do I find the slaw recipe?"

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2013

"I have a question about the sliders in the picture. What buns were used for these since they look like they could be crusty on the outside? Where they baked using a TOH recipe or are they store bought?"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"These are the absolute best chicken sliders EVER!!! Slaw is terrific also! Would definitely enjoy these on a regular basis!!!"

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Wine Pairings

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.