- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.
Reviews for Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken
"This is great; that's all there is to it. Being Canadian, I was a little leery of cooking meat in vinegar- I had never heard of it! But I trusted the reviews and went ahead. Next time I will ad more spice, not less like some other reviewers. The cole slaw on top is a must - really a great combination of flavours! Hubby has mentioned that meal every day for a week!"
"I used a pork loin with half apple cider vinegar and half white vinegar, brown sugar and 1 tsp chicken bullion and 1 tsp beef bullion, it cooked for 6 hours and was delicious"
"I made this recipes last night for supper. I'm from Eastern NC and we do love our vinegar bbq! I deviated using brown sugar and cider vinegar, and boneless skinless chicken thighs. It was a little sweet for my taste, but added a little more vinegar. I might cut back a little on the amount of brown sugar next time. Thanks also to ryan0705 for your hints ~ Also, it was too late to use my crock pot, so I slow cooked in the oven at 275 degrees F for 3 hours, and while I was pulling apart the chicken, I simmered down the liquid."
"Easy and a nice change from traditional BBQ"
"This is a NC recipe. But my mother used brown sugar, cidervinegar and smoke flavoring all to taste. You cook the chickenjust until done and remove it then cook the juice etc. downuntil it's kinda like a sauce then add meat back in.. It's reallygood but the same recipe used for pulled pork is alot better.With pork leave the meat in while cooking juice down. Try ityou'll love it. Mom always served slaw and dill pickles on awarmed bun with optional hot sauce. SUPER GOOD!"
"chicken had good flavor but the chicken turned out mushy. I think I did 2 things that contributed to the chicken beig over cooked. (1) I set the crockpot on a timer for cooking later in the day while I was at work. The chicken probably started cooking while sitting in the vinegar mixture. (2) I cooked the full 5 hrs. Next time I will cook immediately and monitor the progress."
"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!"
"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."
"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."