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Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken Recipe
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Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken Recipe

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I live in Georgia, but I appreciate the tangy, sweet and slightly spicy taste of Carolina Vinegar Chicken. I make my version in the slow cooker and when you walk in the door after being gone all day, the aroma will knock you off your feet! —Ramona Parris, Acworth, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium chicken base
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup (calculated without buns) equals 134 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 228 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 3 lean meat.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker; add vinegar mixture. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Reserve 1 cup cooking juices; discard remaining juices. Shred chicken with two forks. Return meat and reserved cooking juices to slow cooker; heat through. If desired, serve chicken mixture on buns. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for chicken base near the broth and bouillon.
Originally published as Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2014, p72

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup (calculated without buns) equals 134 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 228 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 3 lean meat.

Blush Wine

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

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"A different spin on BBQ that I had never experienced, I only cooked the chicken about 3 hr 15 min since my crockpot cooks faster than most recipes call for, very tasty but a little drier without the BBQ sauce."

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Put this in the slow cooker yesterday morning, really, really good. I have never had Carolina vinegar bbq before, but had heard of it, and wanted to try it, this is definitely a keeper! I doubled the recipe, and followed it exactly, really delicious, but not quite as flavorful as I was expecting, although still awesome! Not going to double it next time and see if there's a difference. So good, I brought some for lunch today!"

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Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"I made this twice, and the first time was great, the second, not so good. I used bone in breasts both times, but I used more chicken the second time and didn't add to the liquid. Still good, and I will make it again."

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Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"This is the real deal. The only thing I will do different is use chicken quarters with bone and skin just to give it that rustic layer of flavor in it."

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Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"Great flavor!"

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