Slow Cooker Sweet BBQ Chicken Recipe

Sweet and saucy barbecue chicken made easily in just a few minutes for a delicious dinner is exactly what you will get with our slow cooker sweet BBQ chicken recipe.

Slow cooker meals are great for weeknight meals if you ask me! I am always running around getting things, doing things, bringing someone somewhere. It’s nice to be able to throw stuff in the crockpot and let it do its things. Plus you throw it in early in the day so you can choose to do it when you aren’t busy.

This is an easy family dinner recipe that even your picky eater will love but still probably not tell you. 😉 Anyone else have one of those kids? Well, they will like it too, making this the perfect family dinner recipe.

You can even turn this into a slow cooker chicken thighs recipe if you happen to have some leftover or in the freezer. However, I will say this recipe works the best with thawed chicken since you can get a little bit of extra water from frozen chicken.

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Ingredients for slow cooker bbq chicken breasts:

To make sure you are prepared to make this easy slow cooker recipe, take a look at the lists below!

  1. Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. Bottle of barbecue sauce
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Apple cider vinegar
  5. Worcestershire sauce

Have you ever made your own barbecue sauce? It’s one of those things that you always have in your house, but did you know its pretty simple to make your own? Plus it is pretty simple to make with mostly ingredients you have in your house normally. 

If you are interested in making your own, take a look at this simple homemade BBQ sauce recipe from Add A Pinch! 

You will need these couple of items for this favorite family recipe:

  • Slow cooker (THIS is a great one)
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Slow cooker liners (THESE are optional but I LOVE them for easy cleanup!)

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how to make this bbq chicken slow cooker recipe:


To begin, get out your slow cooker and place it on the counter. If you have a slow cooker liner put it in now. If not, that’s okay too, they just help make clean up that much easier.


Next, place your chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. The recipe calls for chicken breasts, but you can use chicken thighs too!


NOTE: If you use frozen chicken the sauce might be a little more liquidy from the excess water in the chicken, but will still taste great. But, if you’d like a thicker sauce use raw unfrozen chicken.


Now, in a small mixing bowl, combine together the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix it it all together until it forms one well-blended sauce.


Then, pour the BBQ sauce mixture over top of the chicken in the slow cooker. Place the lid on and turn it on high for 3-4 hours or cook it on low for 4-6 hours or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.


what to serve with bbq chicken:



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Serves: 4

Slow Cooker Sweet BBQ Chicken Recipe

10 minPrep Time

3 hrCook Time

3 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of slow cooker. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. 
  3. Pour sauce over chicken. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours.



854 cal


32 g


91 g


47 g
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15 Responses to “Slow Cooker Sweet BBQ Chicken Recipe”

  1. melissa
    I wanted to have a southern bbq dinner for family that would remind us of our travels to NC. So I made this chicken, cole slaw, corn bread, fried okra and sweet tea. It was a hit! My family loved it and we are making it again tonight. :)
    • I use 6-7 large chicken breasts, thawed keeps it from being watery. Also I increase the amounts of everything just slightly, 28 oz. bbq sauce, mounded halfcup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, and 2 tbsp worchestershire sauce. I cook for 3-4 hours on high, shred it all and strain the sauce then throw it all in for at least another hour. It's amazing and the chicken absorbs the sauce better and it's not watery at all.
  2. I tried this recipe by exact directions except for chicken type. The taste of the chicken was amazing!!! The sauce was watery but made no difference. Everyone gobbled it up with no issues. Will absolutely add this to my dinner list. I did this with split chicken breasts (6)... Meat just fell off the bone!!!
  3. I used pork chops instead of chicken for this because that's all we had. They turned out great, and I will be making this again using chicken or pork chops! I started with thawed pork chops, so the sauce was not watery at all. I also did not measure anything, and added liquid smoke as well. So, in all fairness, my review is not based on the original recipe:)

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