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Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken

This Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken is definitely a fix it and forget it slow cooker meal. Tons of barbecue flavor thanks to the rub and sauce!

A DELICIOUS CROCK POT CHICKEN RECIPE

This whole chicken is cooked to tender perfection all in your slow cooker. The meat comes out so flavorful. You can literally pop all of this into your crock pot and it will do all the work for you.

Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken recipe from The Country Cook

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • whole chicken
  • bbq chicken dry rub*
  • onion
  • BBQ sauce
whole chicken, bbq sauce, onion, bbq seasoning

*Cook’s 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. I like McCormick Grill Mates Applewood Rub.

HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT WHOLE BBQ CHICKEN:

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 a 6-8 quart oval slow cooker.

sliced onion in the bottom of a 6-quart oval 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.

seasoning chicken with BBQ chicken rub seasoning

Place the chicken on top of the onions in your slow cooker. No other liquid needs to be added. Note: The rule of thumb is to place the chicken breast-side down into the slow cooker so that it keeps the breast meat juicy.

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 (on all sides.) Put the cover back on and let it set on low for another 15 minutes. Then serve chicken with the leftover BBQ sauce.

Cook’s 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.

Slow Cooker Whole BBQ Chicken

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Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken recipe

Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken

This Crock Pot Whole BBQ Chicken is definitely a fix it and forget it slow cooker meal. Tons of barbecue flavor thanks to the rub and sauce!
4.70 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 pound whole roaster chicken
  • 1-2 packets BBQ chicken dry rub
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Remove chicken from package and remove any of the gizzards that might be in the cavity. Set the chicken on some paper towels to dry. Pat the outside of the chicken to dry it off too.
  • Slice the onion and place in the bottom of a 6-8 quart oval 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 the 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.

Notes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve chicken with the leftover BBQ sauce.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 686kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 33g | Sodium: 1319mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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39 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This comes out so dang juicy and moist. I just use the McCormick BBQ seasoning shaker to season it. It falls off the bone and makes the whole house smell amazing!!!

  2. Does anyone have experience with this recipe for over 8 hours? Would like to put in when I leave for work, but don’t return until 9-10 hours later.

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  4. 5 stars
    It produced a lot of liquid but I drained that out before applying BBQ sauce. It was absolutely delicious and made for a wonderful lunch the next day on a sandwich!