The Country Cook: Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken
                                                   

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken

Anyone completely over winter yet? I know many of our friends in the Northeast are screaming "Uncle!" already. There's only so much snow that should be acceptable this time of year and they have certainly hit their limit. So, in honor of warmer days to come, I thought I'd share a fantastically easy recipe for Crock Pot BBQ Chicken. You get all the flavor of that good ole summertime BBQ but you don't need to go outside and fire up a grill. Plus, this one cleans up in a flash too. Less dishes, less mess - count me in!
Ingredients:
(1) 4-6 lb. whole chicken
1-2 packets bbq chicken dry rub*
1 small onion
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
*Note: One packet of the dry rub is plenty for a whole chicken. I usually get two because I'm pretty messy with it and I want to make sure I have plenty to season the inside of the chicken with. (Bottle of BBQ sauce not pictured)

Directions:
Remove chicken from package and remove any of the gizzards that might be in the cavity. Set it on some paper towels to dry. Also pat the outside of the chicken to dry it off too. Slice the onion and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
Sprinkle the dry BBQ rub all over the outside of the chicken and rub it in good. Don't forget to sprinkle some of the seasoning in the inside of the chicken too.
Place the chicken on top of the onions in your slow cooker. No other liquid needs to be added. 
Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours.
Then, once chicken is finished, pour half the bottle of BBQ sauce on the outside of the chicken and spread well. Put the cover back on and let it set on low for another 15 minutes. Then serve chicken with the leftover BBQ sauce. 
Note: Chicken will be VERY tender so take care when removing it from the slow cooker. I usually just pick the chicken straight off the chicken while it's still in the slow cooker and serve it up that way with a side of BBQ sauce. 

Enjoy!



19 comments :

  1. Yum! Definitely going to try this when our roads are a little less snow covered and I can get to the store! :)

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  2. On your note at the end; I think you meant to say something else. You said you just the chicken off the chicken when it's done. Did you mean the roasting rack? Can't wait to make this recipe. Thx for sharing.

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  3. Linda, sorry, that does sound a little garbled. What I meant to say was that I usually just leave the whole chicken in the crock pot and we just serve ourselves from there. That way I don't have to move the whole chicken to a plate. And it makes for less dishes. :)

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  4. I see you placed onions in the bottom of the Ninja Crock Pot (I have one too!) and said to set the chicken on the onions...BUT I noticed you used your roasting rack under the chicken...do you just use the "steamed" onions for flavoring? Thanks

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  5. That sounds totally awesome. Can't wait to try it.

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  6. I just tried it; need to take lunch to a friend today, so thank you for the suggestion. I had to use cut up chicken for portability and used our homemade sauce. I'll try it with the whole chicken someday. Thank you!

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  7. GranBeckie, I'm glad you mentioned that for folks who own the Ninja. I only have the rack in here to prop the chicken up so that you can see it better for the photos. You could use the rack is you wanted but you'll want to add some water or chicken broth to the bottom with the onions to help with the "steaming" effect. Otherwise, just lay the chicken directly on the onions. Hope that helps!

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  8. Where can I get the Ninja Crock Pot?

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  9. So far I have loved everything from your site,but I made this crock pot chicken and we didn't like anything about it.So in the trash it went.but I still love your site:-)

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  10. I have been wanting to do something different with chicken. Pinned it to try!

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  11. I am so excited and hungry....it is in my crockpot now......

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  12. Not a fan of dark meat of chicken, sooo could I do this with a turkey breast? Also don't like to waste food and the dark meat would be wasted.

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  13. Brandie you just amaze me with your recipes. How simple can this one be? Goodness, I have got to try this one! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

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  14. Hi! Just been skimming your recipes and love them. I am a huge CP fan -- have been using one for 40+ years! One of my very first recipes was based on one in the booklet that came with the CP, but modified by me along the way. BBQ Chicken! I use smaller baking potatoes, scrubbed well but not peeled, one per serving. For a whole chicken, probably 8 potatoes. Also two largish onions peeled and cut into quarters. Put the veggies in the bottom of CP. You can also add peeled and cut up carrots, or else just baby carrots. The veggies act as a rack for the chicken, and the chicken in turn flavors the the veggies. Now take your whole chicken, which you have rinsed and dried off with a paper towel. Put one of the onion quarters inside. Pour in some of your favorite BBQ sauce. Nice to sprinkle in some Cajun or Creole Seasoning as well. Sprinkle the outside with seasoning mix if you want, and put the chicken in the pot. Now pour over about half a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Pour slowly so it doesn't all run off. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours. A whole meal in there, your kitchen stays cool, and you only work on it for about 15 minutes. Not bad! Very good served with coleslaw made with bagged mix, with fruit yogurt as the dressing. Maybe add a little orange juice to make it juicier. We call this Island Chicken -- and make it year round. Thanks for all your good stuff!

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  15. My comment, (question) is for Sharala posted 4/29/15. At the bottom of her comments she states "Maybe add a little orange juice to make it jucier." I wonder if she means to add the OJ to the coleslaw dressing or the chicken? I haven't heard of a "juicy" salad. Your recipes always look so good. I want to try this chicken as you have written the recipe before I make any changes. Thank you!

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  16. Could you use this recipe for leg quarters instead of a whole chicken? Would that make a huge difference in the recipe?

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  17. Do you put the chicken in the slow cooker frozen? Or thawed?

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  18. You want to make sure the chicken is thawed before cooking in the crock pot. Hope this helps.

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  19. I was wondering if I could do this on high for 4 hours instead of low for 8 hours?

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