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.
Dec 5, 2019
If you have serious medical needs related to sodium restriction, please review the sodium calculation (228 mg.) given for this recipe critically. The low sodium chicken base I found had 130 mg per 3/4 tsp = 520 mg sodium per TBlspn. The 3/4 tsp. salt recipe specifies has 1,725 mg. Uninjected raw chicken breast may have only 80 mg. per serving, but much of the raw chicken available at the grocery store is injected with up to 15% sodium phosphate. In the best case, I calculate this recipe as having 480 mg. per serving (6 servings). If chicken is injected, much more. If you have serious health concerns, as we do in our family, where even a single high sodium meal has serious health consequences, it pays to double-check the sodium calculations.
Sep 19, 2019
I used a family pack of the chicken breasts and doubled everything else except the salt and pepper. Turned out moist, tangy, and tender. I will definitely make this one of my go to recipes!
Jul 21, 2019
Wow !! Yammy yummy recipe . I really Love this one. I don't why some people gave you Zero Rating !! Ma bey they don't know about review. tobogtoto.com
Mar 24, 2019
Why not just boil chicken in vinegar/sugar water? Awful! unless there's some wonderful sauce to go with it, it's a complete loss. Going to see if it can be salvaged into some sweet and sour chicken type dish. UGH!
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.