Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – an easy twist on an old favorite!

Does it get any easier than tossing chicken in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce?  It’s a classic and a family favorite.  This recipe is really more of a twist on serving the barbecue chicken.  You start with those same two ingredients, but the sandwiches get bumped up a notch with the addition of pineapple slices and cheese.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

 

I had intended to make another recipe I have for Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches.  That recipe uses grilled chicken and ham.  It’s not hard, but I was feeling super lazy.  Plus, I’m loving using the slow cooker lately!

So I cooked the chicken with our favorite barbecue sauce in the slow cooker.  At dinner time, I shredded the chicken and served it on toasted buns, topped with sliced pineapple and provolone.  A quick turn under the broiler and they were ready to eat.

Oh my goodness!  The pineapple and provolone really set these sandwiches apart from plain bbq chicken sandwiches.  It added so much flavor to the meal and it’s an easy step.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – an easy twist on an old favorite!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – an easy twist on an old favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 - 2.5 lbs. boneless chicken breast
  • 1-2 cups barbecue sauce
  • hoagie buns
  • pineapple slices
  • provolone cheese slices

Instructions

  1. Put the chicken and bbq sauce in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred meat with a fork.
  4. Toast buns.
  5. Place meat on buns. Top with pineapple and cheese.
  6. Broil until cheese melts.
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Red Eye BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Recipe – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Want to add a little jolt to your BBQ Ribs recipe?  Save the leftover morning coffee.  That hit of java gives the barbecue sauce an extra depth of flavor.  And cooking them in the slow cooker makes it simple.

Red Eye BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Recipe

 

I used country style ribs with bones.  I’ve seen the boneless kind (which is kind of funny, since ribs really are bones) and we like that, but I do think the bones add flavor.  So does the coffee.  It makes the sauce deeper and richer.

Barbecue sauce in the slow cooker can get thin, so I thickened it a bit with cornstarch.  We had no leftovers with this meal!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Red Eye BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Recipe:   [Read more...]

Chicken BBQ & Slaw Sandwich – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Meals EatAtHomeCooks

 

BBQ in the slow cooker is a staple.  It doesn’t get much easier than this.  Kim from Makin’ it Mo’ Betta spins this classic southern, with the addition of a simple slaw to top the sandwiches.  If you’ve never tried slaw on your barbecue sandwich, please do!  It’s the perfect kind of crunch and flavor to top the meat.

Kim suggests a few brands of vinegar type bbq sauce for the meat.  And she has a sugar free version of the slaw too.

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Add potato chips and watermelon (maybe make the watermelon wild?) and you’ve got the makings of an easy summer supper.

Click here to see the recipe for Chicken BBQ & Slaw Sandwiches on Mo’Betta.

Apple BBQ Pork Chops

The inspiration for these came from a Dairy Queen run the other week.  We went for ice cream, but while we were there I noticed a sign advertising apple bbq hamburgers.  I’m not sure what those are like, but it started my mind thinking about the combination of apple and bbq.

I like to keep things simple, so this is what I came up with.  Three ingredients give a sweet, smokey flavor to the pork chops.  You could use the sauce on chicken or burgers too.

And you could choose to grill the meat, cook it in the oven or use the slow cooker.  I chose the oven, only because I ran out of time for the slow cooker and it was way too hot outside to grill (triple digits – whew!).

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches (inspired by Earl of Sandwich)

When we were in Disney World a few weeks ago, we had dinner one night at the Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney.  My oldest son and I shared a Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich.

It’s stacked with thinly sliced ham, grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, pineapple and barbeque sauce.  Amazing!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

23 Grill Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

Grill recipes for weeknight dinners

I love using grill recipes to get dinner on the table.  It’s quick.  There are no pans to clean.  And it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

Although I like to grill chicken legs or other cuts of meat with bones, I usually stick with quicker-to-cook foods for our weeknight fare.  I’m a lazy griller.  I like to throw the meat on, walk away to finish the side dishes and come back to flip the meat to the other side.  I know this isn’t the way the experts do it, but it works for getting dinner on the table fast.

(I do have a fantastic BBQ Rib recipe that requires a bit more babysitting.  It is so worth it though!)

One of my favorite time savers is to grill a lot of boneless chicken and store it in the freezer for quick meals.

freezing barbecue chicken

And recently, I stumbled on this super, simple way to marinate chicken for grilling.

easy freezer marinades

Let’s get to some quick weeknight recipes:  [Read more...]

Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs in the Slow Cooker

3 ingredients and a slow cooker.  This couldn’t be simpler to throw together.

And it’s really good too!  I’m not sure why I thought to mix Teriyaki  and BBQ sauces, but the combination makes a flavorful sauce that was a hit with the kids.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

No Recipe Required – 10 Ways to Fix Chicken on the Fly

Does this ever happen to you?  You know dinner is going to be chicken because you’ve got a pack of boneless breasts/thighs/tenders or bone-in legs/breasts/thighs.  But you have no desire to think up a recipe to turn them into dinner.

You don’t need a recipe.  You just need some ideas.

Here are 10 ways (plus a few cooking methods) to get you started.   [Read more...]

How to Make Lick-Your-Chops, Gnaw-the-Bone BBQ Ribs

I didn’t think I liked ribs.  I only made them because I had them in the freezer and I knew the men and boys in the house would like them.

But, oh my goodness!  These were delicious.  Perfect summer meal.  4-napkin meal.  Wow!

I asked all of you how to fix ribs back in May.  You came through with all kinds of great recipes and methods.  Check out the comments in that post.  Readers also emailed me and added recipes to Facebook.  Someone mentioned a dry rub from Pig Stand, a restaurant in Oklahoma.  My family was *this close* to making a detour on our Colorado trip in search of Pig Stand.

I took parts of many recipes to come up with this method of cooking the ribs.  It was easy, but does take several hours.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

The Secret of Barbecuing Chicken Legs on a Gas Grill

It could be that I’m the last one in on this secret.  But just in case there’s someone else out there who doesn’t know, I’m going to share it with you.

I’m a very impatient cook.  You might have caught on about that fact since most of the recipes on this site can be made (hands-on prep) in just a few minutes.

For this reason, I’ve never had luck grilling chicken that has bones.  I do great with boneless chicken breasts.  Pork chops aren’t too hard (not including one fire incident the neighbor kids still talk about).  Smoked sausage or ham slices are no problem.

But chicken with bones is a whole ‘nuther deal.  Memorial Day weekend we had lots of company and I bought a bunch of chicken legs.  I planned to do them in the oven, just because I feared burning them beyond recognition if I put them on the grill.  But my mom talked me into doing it and I’m glad she did.  Those legs were scrumptious – smokey and sticky with bbq sauce.  Mmmmm!

The secret?  [Read more...]

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