Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe’s Secret Weapon Is This Surprise Ingredient

crock-pot bbq chickenHurray -- barbecue season is almost upon us, folks! Oh, but you don't have a grill? Or simply don't have time to run home from work, clean the grill, wait for it to be ready, wait for your meat to cook properly, AND THEN have to clean the grill again?

No problem -- we have your solution. Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken isn't simply am amazing meal you can whip up in seconds and set cooking while you spend your day doing more important things. It's also an amazingly delish BBQ chicken recipe with a secret weapon guaranteed to impress even the most jaded chicken eater (in other words, your kids): it's packed with sweet, but spicy, fruity flavor that will make your family members run to the dinner table.


The nice thing about this recipe is that you can adjust the flavor easily by either dabbing your chicken with sauce or drenching it with it -- you decide which way to go. It will taste just like it fell off a BBQ and only you will know it came alive in your good ole slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Fruity BBQ Chicken


3 pounds assorted chicken drumsticks and thighs

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

For the Fruity BBQ Sauce:

1 cup barbecue sauce

1/2 cup apricot, peach, or grape preserves

2 teaspoons dijon mustard


Mix salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Sprinkle on chicken and pat it well. Skin may be removed from chicken if desired. Place chicken in the bottom of a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker and try to get chicken in a single layer if possible.

Cover and set cooker to HI for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.

In a small bowl, mix all the Fruity BBQ Sauce ingredients. Set aside.

Remove chicken from slow cooker and place on a plate. Drain juices from the slow cooker crock and wipe the crock dry with a paper towel. Place chicken back in the slow cooker. Pour HALF the sauce over the chicken. Cover and continue cooking on HI for an additional 1 hour or LOW for an additional 2 hours.

Remove chicken from slow cooker and brush with more sauce. You can even pop the chicken under the broiler for 2 minutes to get it crispy.


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