Pulled BBQ Chicken

We don’t watch football, but when a Sunday in fall, especially a gray and cloudy Sunday, rolls around, I have the urge to spend the day at home cooking. Most of the time we have too many plans and end up spending the day running around, but this past Sunday was a cooking day.

After picking up a big grocery haul at Trader Joe’s, I headed home to get started on our Sunday menu, homemade BBQ pulled chicken on home baked rolls.

I started with 4 organic, free-range chicken breasts from the freezer, left frozen. I tossed those into the slow cooker with a diced yellow onion, 3 cloves of garlic and a few good shakes of hot sauce.  I put the chicken on low and got started on the sauce.

onions and chicken

As always, I consulted various recipes online before I made my own combination up. I added about 2 cups ketchup, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, lots of hot sauce, a few shakes of crushed red pepper and garlic powder, then stirred it all up.

making BBQ sauce

I was pretty psyched when it actually looked like BBQ sauce (I know, not very difficult, but we just always bought it; I’m getting better!)

homemade BBQ sauce

I added half of the sauce to the slow cooker after the chicken was cooking for an hour, then waited a bit longer before using forks to shred the meat in the sauce. Then I added more sauce and let it sit on low for another 30 minutes.

slow cooker chicken

Once it was all cooked, I set the cooker to warm so that the meat wouldn’t overcook, but it would be ready for us to eat for dinner.

pulled chicken

Meanwhile, I used a recipe from King Arthur Flour, in addition to some of the flour I received at our King Arthur baking class. I also bought instant yeast at the King Arthur Baker’s Store, and with all of that yeast, I certainly need to be baking!


I have discovered I no longer fear dough; I LOVE it!

bread dough

I shaped the whole wheat dough into 8 buns, then let them rise on a grease cookie sheet. They were so puffy when it was time for them to go into the oven!

hamburger roll

The end result? Perfect! These rolls were really soft and tasted like bread from a bakery. I was pretty proud!

homemade rolls

I served the pulled chicken on the rolls, topped with pickles and this delicious jalapeno yogurt cheese from Trader Joe’s. It is a new favorite.

pulled chicken

Hooray for chilly Sundays and homemade meals! How do your weekends change throughout the year? I love that our distinct seasons here in New England somewhat dictate what we do on the weekends.

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Tags: baking, BBQ, chicken, dinner, Food, recipe

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Yay! These rolls looks so great!!!!

    I definitely bake more during this time of year and utilize the slow cooker a lot! Hooray for fall!


  2. ashleigh’s avatar

    Way to go on the homemade rolls and BBQ sauce! Don’t you love it when you surprise yourself with your cooking/baking talents!? I am the exact same in the fall in winter. I want nothing more than to spend my Sunday afternoon and evening cooking up a storm!


  3. Corey @ the Runner's Cookie’s avatar

    The rolls look awesome – I want to try making some soon! A rainy week seems the perfect time to bust out the slow cooker and have freshly baked bread


  4. Roxan’s avatar

    Great job with this meal! You did an awesome job with that bbq sauce – I’m like you… even if it’s something ‘simple’ i still find victory in making something correctly.


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thank you! I get so excited when my “risks” in the kitchen turn out well :)


    2. Debbie’s avatar

      don’t you just love King Arthur flour…I need to go on their site and order more….our stores don’t carry everything…

      fabulous recipe!


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Love them, and I had no idea how many baking mixes and things they had. It’s going to be a dangerous winter with that website saved as one of my favorites and now that I have discovered that I enjoy baking!


      2. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana’s avatar

        oooo yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe for bbq sauce. I love it!

        The whole meal..just yum!


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          It was the perfect, easy Sunday meal!
          Are you going to Foodbuzz Festival?


        2. Shannon’s avatar

          LOVE pulled chicken/pork, and your rolls looks absolutely fantastic!!


        3. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine’s avatar

          those rolls look awesome! I have recently started baking breads and pizzas and it is so much fun! I feel almost powerful after the yeast works out..hahah


          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            Me too! I actually haven’t been this excited about something in a long time. I want to make all of our bread from now on!


          2. Daisy’s avatar

            look at you making your own rolls. love it!


          3. Elina’s avatar

            Yay, thanks for changing your feeds back. :)
            I can’t believe you made rolls! SO cool. I really need to do that one day. I bought some instant yeast at KA too so I better put it to use :D


          4. Clarice’s avatar

            I made barbeque sauce last week. It was so easy; I will definitely do it again.


          5. Megan’s avatar

            You are a baking machine! I had all these bread baking intentions when we got back, but I haven’t made any yet! I hear ya on the cloudy Sunday thing… I ended up making short ribs for the same reason. Pulled chicken sounds incredible… and yes, isn’t bbq sauce so easy?!


            1. traveleatlove’s avatar

              I was going to bake bread again tonight, but it is SO hot! There will be plenty more baking weather soon, and I am excited!


            2. Jen@Twenty-Something and Starving’s avatar

              You’ve so outdone yourself here, Miss Meghan. These look sooooooooooooooooooo insanely awesome. I still have NEVER used yeast before. I know, I’m a noob. I need to get my hands on some and try this out!!!


            3. Raija’s avatar

              Wicked Impressed! Looks delish!


            4. Isabella’s avatar

              This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try your recipes!!


            5. Terri’s avatar

              Those buns look amazing! I can’t believe you are new to baking, you certainly make it look like something anyone can do!


            6. Julie’s avatar

              Our weekends change throughout the year in that we do seasonal activities…apple picking & cider donut eating in the fall; hiking all year; tubing in the snow & beach in the winter when it’s quiet; lazy summer afternoons reading; bicycling in the spring. I could never live somewhere without seasons!
              PS–even after I’ve had dinner, reading your blog still makes me hungry!!


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