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When it’s too hot to use the oven during summer, the obvious choice is to grill outside. But this summer, we learned our grill burners were recalled and we had to entertain a large group… I quickly realized the perfect solution, pulled chicken BBQ in my crockpot!

The first time I ever ate this dish, I was at my friend’s college graduation party. She offered me her mom’s homemade chicken BBQ sandwich and I was thinking of a BBQ chicken breast on a roll. I was a little confused at first, but then I took a bite and I was sold. Since then I’ve heard some people call this dish BBQ chicken sandwiches and others pulled chicken. To avoid any confusion, in our home we call it Pulled Chicken BBQ.Once we settled on a name, the trick was to come up with a recipe that pleased both Hubster and myself. Believe it or not, Hubster will actually help in the kitchen when I make this, by shredding the chicken!

Pulled Chicken BBQ

Pulled Chicken BBQ

5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 bottle or batch of BBQ sauce, 1 medium white onion (diced), 2 Tbsp. minced garlic, 1 small jar sweet relish, 1/2 c. water, fresh ground sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper

Place all ingredients in crockpot and cook on high for 5 hours (or until chicken is fully cooked and easily falls apart). Remove chicken from pot and allow to cool. Shred chicken and return to pot. Simmer chicken on low until sauce thickens. Taste chicken and add more BBQ sauce or relish if necessary.

Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwich

Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwich

This is best served hot on crusty rolls. Top with up relish, BBQ sauce or hot sauce for possible toppings.

Chicken BBQ, BBQ Chicken, Pulled Chicken, or Pulled Chicken BBQ… whatever you call it, this is the perfect hassle-free meal when entertaining a crowd.

Do you have a go-to-recipe for hassle-free entertaining?