Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken
Total TimePrep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
- 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.
Editor's NoteLook for chicken base near the broth and bouillon.
Nutrition Facts1/2 cup (calculated without buns): 134 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.
Jul 6, 2018
I didn't use chicken base (didn't want it to taste too chicken-y) or water (chicken has enough water already added during processing). I decreased the sugar and upped the pepper using flakes, cayenne and black. Although good, the texture was too soft, especially as a leftover. I don't plan on making this again.
Apr 6, 2018
Vinegar-based BBQ was very different for us but we loved it!!!! Used a little less sugar and omitted the crushed red pepper flakes but that didn't seem to matter it was quite good.
Jan 2, 2018
Can you use this sauce to make pork barbecue?
Sep 19, 2017
I guess I just don't get this type of BBQ. I thought it was awful. It just tasted like chicken cooked in vinegar. So sad that I wasted my chicken on this recipe.
Sep 12, 2017
A winner of a chicken dinner! As a Kansas girl, I am not used to a vinegar-based BBQ chicken, but this is absolutely delicious. It's tangy, slightly sweet, and just a little spicy (the heat can be dialed up or down easily). The best part about this recipe is that is a dump-it-and-go recipe. The slow cooker makes it super simple. Bonus (and I say this with all due respect to my KC-style BBQ-loving friends!): this chicken is much less messy than tomato-based BBQ chicken! We will be making this again soon!
Aug 26, 2017
Instead of 4-5 hours, about 25-30 min in an Instant Pot.
May 23, 2017
I didn't have chicken base, so I used a packet of chicken bouillon instead. I subbed black pepper for the red pepper because my kids don't like it too spicy. They loved it!
Apr 15, 2017
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!
Oct 27, 2016
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
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.
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