Slow Cooker BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken

Do you have a crock pot? Check. An amber ale sitting in the fridge? Check. Appetite? Double check. Then this is the recipe for you. Look at it. You know you want it. And the recipe only calls for 4oz of beer so go ahead and drink the rest. Maybe I should add “Do you need a beer this morning before you start the slow cooker before you day of work?… Check!”.

Makes 3 “hearty” servings. Courtesy of The College Culinarian


  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast (or whatever’s on sale. Thighs would be super!)
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 4 oz beer (I used amber ale)
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • Directions

  • Add the chicken to the slow cooker. Sprinkle the onion powder, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper over the top. Pour in the beer and barbecue sauce.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4. Shred and enjoy!

  • Chicken Baked in Beer & Herbs

    I love me a good recipe and this just sounds like an amazing way to spice up your bland chicken recipe. This is an easy recipe which will take about 15 minutes to throw together using a Brown Ale creating a caramelized beer sauce. Served with mashed potatoes or over rice.


    5-6 chicken drumsticks
    head of garlic, broken into cloves and peeled
    4 oz. cubed pancetta or sliced bacon strips
    2 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
    4 bay leaves
    1 Tbsp juniper berries (optional)
    1 Tbsp Herbes de Provence
    salt and pepper, to taste
    12 oz. bottle Brown Ale


    Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    Season chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper and place in a baking dish. Add the garlic, pancetta, carrots and herbs. Pour beer in the dish.
    Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the drumsticks over and bake another 15 minutes. Turn over again two more times keeping every turn 15 minutes.
    After the fourth turn, the chicken should be cooked with a caramelized beer sauce. If the chicken is done but the sauce isn’t caramelized, just keep the chicken warm while you boil the sauce down to your liking.

    Barbie, author of Wishful Chef, is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer who is obsessed with anything food related. She originally started her blog to connect to other food lovers and showcase dishes she would serve on her menu if she were a chef. Her recipes are simple and she uses high quality, fresh ingredients whenever possible. She tries to cook healthy dishes with a focus on whole grains and vegetables.