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BBQ Chicken Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen


6 servings

Prep Time

4 Hours

Cooking Time

10 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

These sloppy joes have a BBQ twist and can be adapted to your family's tastes: make it mild or hot, smoky or not, use your favorite BBQ sauce, or top with garnish of choice. Explore our other popular main course recipes.

Recipe Notes

*Replace BBQ sauce recipe with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce.


For BBQ sauce:*

1 1/2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. liquid smoke (optional)

For sloppy joes:

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 lbs. ground chicken

1 1/2 cups frozen black-eyed peas (or 1 (15 oz.) can, drained)

1 (15 oz.) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 (7 oz.) can fire roasted diced green chiles (mild or hot)

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup water

6 sandwich buns

Optional garnish: shredded cheese, sliced scallions, chopped fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

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  • Crushed Aleppo Peppers

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Step 1: Make BBQ sauce

Mix all ingredients together and set aside.

Step 2: Cook chicken

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken, Summit County, and Mayan Sea Salt and saute until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to slow cooker and add reserved BBQ sauce and all remaining ingredients (except buns and optional garnish). Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours; it's done when most of the liquid is absorbed. Adjust seasoning to taste then serve over buns with optional garnish on the side.