Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

Contributor: Sara Blackburn

This BBQ pulled chicken is a breeze when you make it in the slow cooker. And it’s so delicious with its own homemade BBQ sauce and a secret ingredient.

  • Author: Sara Blackburn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


  • 3  (6 oz.) cans no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. brown mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. instant espresso
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. hickory flavored liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp. coarse salt
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs or a mixture


  1. Add tomato paste, water, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, instant espresso, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and salt to slow cooker insert and stir until well combined.
  2. Add chicken in a single layer.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, until internal temperature of chicken is at least 165°F.
  4. Once cooked, use tongs to move chicken breasts from slow cooker to a plate. Shred chicken using two forks. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker. Cover and cook for 20 minutes to allow chicken to soak up barbecue sauce.