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


  • 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): 134 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, trace fiber), 23g protein Diabetic Exchanges:3 lean meat


  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

Blush Wine

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

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

""Soo yummieee

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"Easy and a nice change from traditional BBQ"

Reviewed May. 4, 2015

"This is a NC recipe. But my mother used brown sugar, cider

vinegar and smoke flavoring all to taste. You cook the chicken
just until done and remove it then cook the juice etc. down
until it's kinda like a sauce then add meat back in.. It's really
good but the same recipe used for pulled pork is alot better.
With pork leave the meat in while cooking juice down. Try it
you'll love it. Mom always served slaw and dill pickles on a
warmed bun with optional hot sauce. SUPER GOOD!"

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"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."

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