Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
5 Hours 20 Mins
Makes 6 servings

Low and slow is how this slow-cooker barbecue chicken gets its flavor.  Make a real statement by serving the shredded chicken over Sweet Potato Cornbread and topping with Pickled Peppers and Onions and Simple Slaw.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over chicken. Place chicken in a single layer in a lightly greased 6-qt. slow cooker.

Step 2

Whisk together cola soft drink and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Slowly pour mixture between chicken pieces (to avoid removing spices from chicken). Place lemon slices in a single layer on top of chicken.

Step 3

Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours (or on LOW 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours) or until done.

Step 4

Remove chicken from slow cooker, and let cool slightly (about 10 to 15 minutes). Discard lemons. Skin, bone, and shred chicken. Skim fat from pan juices, and pour over chicken. Serve chicken over sliced Sweet Potato Cornbread. Top with Pickled Peppers & Onions and Simple Slaw.

Chef's Notes

To make ahead, cool shredded chicken completely. Freeze in an airtight container up to 3 months.

Ratings & Reviews

szbick's Review

January 21, 2013
Would make again.

Koldriana's Review

November 15, 2012

candicedw's Review

March 08, 2012

Edie33's Review

February 02, 2012
Fabulous combination of flavors! The slow-cooked chicken is moist and flavorful. The pickled peppers are fabulous and the slaw is just right. Placed it all atop the sweet potato cornbread - Yum! Made the recipe exactly as written. Perfect!