Like that? Try this! Chicken BBQ with Pineapple BBQ Sauce

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Now, per my promise to myself and to you, I’ve been hitting the kitchen every day this week to make something I’ve never made before. And, I’m so freakin’ happy to say, everything has turned out delicious!

[mini quiche, chicken tortilla soup, sour patch martini]

My biggest accomplishment was something I never, ever thought I’d actually crave.

Shredded chicken BBQ with homemade pineapple BBQ sauce. I actually CRAVED this stuff. After one sandwich, even though I was quite full, my mouth watered and I actually found myself fork deep in the bowl of BBQ laden chicken.

E walked in and said “I thought you made a sandwich?” I nodded in shame and quickly put the fork down. I can’t help it. This stuff is just INCREDIBLE. And I’m not one to actually rave about BBQ. I made this on Tuesday and there are NO leftovers. Not even a small  shred of chicken left.

I know that this whole set up is quite monochromatic, but sometimes, there just isn’t place for vegetables. And I know, ME, the veggie obsessed health maniac, just admitted that. But with sweet, slow cooked, melt in your mouth BBQ, veggies would have just f-ed it up.

I ate probably about a chicken’s worth of this stuff, but really, I couldn’t help myself. You’d think after my binge I’d be sick of BBQ.

Nope. I plan on making this again on Sunday. I fear I may have just begun a serious addiction.

Crockpot Chicken BBQ with Pineapple BBQ Sauce


Makes about 5 sandwiches
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: About 5 hours

Sauce recipe adapted from Southern Foods.


  • 3 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, strained
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3/4 cup Jack Daniels
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dashes of salt and pepper


  • In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil and cook onions and garlic until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. AddJack Daniels until translucent, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and light; let flame sit for 20 seconds. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and turn heat down to low. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove and strain through a wire mesh strainer over a bowl to catch the onions and garlic.
  • Chill sauce overnight.
  • Next day, place chicken in a slow cooker. Pour sauce over it and set on low. Let cook for 3 hours if on high and about 5 hours on low. When chicken is fully cooked, remove from sauce and shred in another bowl.

  • Place chicken back into the sauce and let sit for at least an hour to absorb the flavor.
  • Serve with a whole wheat bun and enjoy!

Make this. Eat it. and enjoy every finger lickin’ second.

Nutritional information per 1 cup: 365 calories, 13 grams of fat, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein. 

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  1. Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    That pineapple bbq sauce sounds amazing!
  2. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    Looks fantastic! I did (obviously) not grow up with BBQ in Germany, but have liked some of the dishes I've encountered. This sounds like a great list of ingredients - if only I had a slow cooker!
  3. Posted by Ravienomnoms on
    Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    Looks so great! You know I have always been more partial to a "pulled" chicken sandwich than pork for bbq. Not that I don't love pork from time to time, but this reminds me of living in the midwest and meals that I used to have with all my family. It looks really tasty!
  4. Posted by Lauren on
    Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    looks amazing! *Drool*
  5. Posted by Happy When Not Hungry on
    Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    This looks amazing!  Def will have to try this in my slow cooker.
  6. Posted by Anna @ hiddenponies on
    Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    Ok, you have totally sold me on this! It looks amazing, and if were willing to go monochromatic...I know for me that means it really is just perfect the way it is, pinning this :)
  7. Posted by Kitchen grapevine on
    Friday, January 20th, 2012
    Yum, I usually use pork, but I need to try this!
  8. Posted by Kelly on
    Friday, January 20th, 2012
    Umm this recipe is amazing...completely amazing.  That is all.
  9. Posted by Easy Peasy Foods on
    Monday, January 23rd, 2012
    This BBQ looks delicious and looks "Easy Peasy" to make.  Glad you were satisfied with the results. Let's connect on Twitter.  

  10. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Monday, January 23rd, 2012
    Wow, Claire, your pictures have me salivating! I don't usually like BBQ sauce, but I think I would love your pineapple sauce!
  11. Monday, January 23rd, 2012
    I have a love/hate relationship with pineapple but this is literally making my mouth water!! 
  12. Posted by Julie on
    Monday, January 23rd, 2012
    Its got jack daniels?  I'm sold!  This looks amazing.  We will def be making it.  Thanks!
  13. Posted by Cwilliams9490 on
    Saturday, March 24th, 2012
    I love bbq chicken but I actually cook a whole chicken in the crock pot and then shred.  It is cheaper than using all chicken breast.  
  14. Posted by Paul22 on
    Friday, July 20th, 2012
    I'm a man, so I got you strain the pineapple too? What does lighting the JD do, it wouldn't light for me. Do you saute' onions and garlic first then add JD? Sorry so many questions.
    • Posted by Realistic Nutritionist on
      Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
      Hey Paul! No problem! It wouldn't light? That's so strange b/c since it's an alcoholic base, it's flammable and should light immediately. You don't need to light it, it just gives the sauce a bit more smokiness. Yes, saute the onions and garlic before. I updated that in the directions! 

      You can strain if you get a can version. 
  15. Sunday, June 16th, 2013
    That looks so good! I'm making this today but not quite your exact recipe :) we all make our own twists. Thanks for sharing! Looks delish and I can just imagine it tasted awesome!