Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Sauce {Gastropost Mission #72}

by byn on October 12, 2013

in Chicken & Turkey, Dinner, Gastropost, Slowcooker

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 Pulled Chicken Sammie

It’s Gastropost Saturday guys! Can we make this a thing? I’m going to start posting the recipes for whatever I’ve Gastroposted for the week on the Saturday that the mission is in the paper. Well, I’m going to try anyway.

Our mission for this week was Sporting Goodies so we’re supposed to share what we chow down on when we watch sports. So the thing is, I’ve been trying to get into football the last few years, and from what I understand, it’s 50% about the game and 50% about the snacks. I’m still learning the game, but I have the snacks part down.

These sandwiches are pretty amazing: pulled chicken, a boozy barbecue sauce, and crunchy apple ‘slaw all piled on a soft roll with some melted cheddar. The best part is that the chicken is made in the slowcooker, which I feel is a football fan’s best friend on a lazy Sunday when a bunch of games are on. Throw all the ingredients in it in the morning, and by kick-off all you have to do is slice the rolls, toss the quick ‘slaw together and grate some cheese.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Source: Iowa Girl Eats

Yield: 4 sandwiches (this is half the original recipe)


For the chicken & sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup bourbon

1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar

1 1/2 tbsp molasses

1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

1/2 tbsp each soy sauce

1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp pepper

4 chicken breasts

For the ‘slaw

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tbsp honey

1/2 tbsp lime juice

salt & pepper

1 bag ‘slaw mix (this is the only time I buy salad in a bag)

1/2 apple, cut into thin strips

+ soft rolls

+ grated cheddar


  1. Add the ketchup, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, apple cider vinegar, w.sauce, soy sauce, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper flakes, and pepper to the slowcooker and stir to combine. Throw in the chicken, and set the slowcooker to low for about 3 or 4 hours.
  2. When the chicken is done, remove to a bowl or plate and shred with two forks and set aside.
  3. Remove 1 cup sauce from the slowcooker and add to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let reduce for about 15 minutes. Add the chicken back to the slowcooker with the remaining sauce. Stir to combine.
  4. For the slaw, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, honey, lime juice, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a few handfuls of slaw mix, plus the apple, then toss to combine.
  5. To assemble the sandwiches, slice rolls and pile on chicken. Add a few spoonfuls of the reduced barbecue sauce, and some grated cheese. Run under the broiler for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese if you want. Top with slaw and off you go.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Danielle November 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

This was amazing! I made it in the oven at a low temperature and the chicken was still super hydrated! The BBQ sauce is good, worth the trip to the liquor store to buy some bourbon!


byn November 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

and now you have a whole bottle of bourbon to add to blondies and banana bread and other stuff!


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