Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches – With a secret step that makes all the difference

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Unlike most slow cooker recipes, there is a secret step that happens just before serving. After the chicken is cooked, you separate the chicken from the broth and then reduce the broth in a saucepan with a few additional ingredients. The result is a flavor packed BBQ sauce. The reduced sauce is the secret step that separates this recipe from all other slow cooker pulled chicke recipes.


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon chicken rub (I used the FOX brothers BBQ Chicken Rub – if salt is not an ingredient in your rub be sure to salt your chicken to taste)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar + 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 4 brioche buns


  1. Add the chicken, rub, orange juice, BBQ sauce, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and onion in the slow cooker and mix with a spatula until the chicken is fully coated.
  2. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 6-8 hours (internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees F)
  3. After cooking, remove all the chicken from the broth and shred it using two forks.
  4. Pour the broth into a medium saucepan and add in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and apple cider viegar.
  5. Boil over high heat for 8-10 minutes or until the broth has thickened into a BBQ sauce consistency.
  6. Serve the chicken on buns and top chicken with the remaining sauce.