So easy and so good! The slow cooker is truly the place to make the best barbecued chicken pieces. The long, low-heat cooking process cooks the meat to juicy perfection, and all you have to do to get that delicious crunchy barbecued skin is light the grill, brush the pieces with sauce, and grill them until they’re just like you like them.
4 lbs chicken pieces (drumsticks, thighs, and wings; not breasts)
1 lemon (or lime)
10-oz jar of your favorite barbecue sauce (no sugar added)
1. Trim the chicken pieces of any excess fat and skin. If you’re including wings, cut them into “drumettes” and “flats.” These are the two parts of the wing you want to use. Do this by extending the chicken wing. You’ll see it has three parts: the tip, the middle (flat), and the end (drumette). Using a sharp knife, cut the wing at the two joints to separate the three parts. Discard the tips (or save to make chicken stock).
2. Pour some of the barbecue sauce into the slow cooker (enough to coat the bottom). Put the chicken pieces on top. Squeeze the juice from the lemon over the chicken pieces, being sure to remove the lemon seeds.
3. Pour a small amount of sauce over the pieces. You should have about half a jar of barbecue sauce remaining. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 4 hours.
4. Light a grill or preheat the broiler in your oven to high. When the grill is hot, remove the chicken pieces from the slow cooker with a slotted spoon and put them on a platter. Use a pastry brush to spread additional barbecue sauce on the individual pieces. Put the meat on the grill or on a foil-lined baking sheet under the broiler. Grill or broil for about 5 minutes a side—that’s it—until the skin is crispy. Serve with whatever sauce is left.
From Low-Carb Slow Cooking
It’s pretty easy to find sugar-free barbecue sauce. Even if the label says it’s sugar-free, double-check the ingredients. You want to be sure there are no artificial sweeteners added and that corn syrup is not an ingredient. If you want something really special, go online and research low-carb, sugar-free barbecue sauce. There are many great recipes.
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