Slow Cooker BBQ Beer Chicken

Happy Hump Day, friends! Smile

It’s been almost two weeks since Brandon and I moved to Atlanta.  And believe it or not, we have not yet strangled each other, despite staying in a tiny hotel room together. Winking smile

And speaking of our tiny hotel room …

… it’s another WIAW, hotel version! Thumbs up  Props, as always, go to Jenn for hosting WIAW!



I’ve been continuing to bring my own bread down to the hotel’s breakfast buffet, then I add their peanut butter and banana.  Delicious, as always!

Snack #1:


I am loving this yogurt! Thumbs up



Leftover shredded BBQ beer chicken (see recipe below!), served over spinach leaves with a little low-fat ranch and extra BBQ sauce on top.  So. good.

Snack #2:

An apple with peanut butter (also from the hotel, but not pictured).



This is an example of a hotel dinner.  It was “Italian Night,” so we had spaghetti and meatballs, breadsticks, and salad.  Definitely nothing spectacular, but it’s free, so I’m not complaining!



OK now here’s where things get tricky, my friends.  I have any incredibly difficult time turning down freshly-baked cookies.  And the hotel serves warm chocolate chip cookies almost every night after dinner.  This is going to be an issue, if I don’t start learning to say “no, thank you!” Thinking smile


Now let’s discuss this recipe.  This was the first meal I made in the hotel room, and I was pretty excited about it! Smile

I got the recipe from Jessica at How Sweet It Is, one of my favorite recipe blogs.  I’ve made shredded BBQ chicken in my slow cooker before (“recipe” here), but I was intrigued by Jessica’s addition of beer to the mix. 

I had to make some changes, just based on my available ingredients, but the final product turned out to be delicious!! Thumbs up

Slow-Cooker BBQ Beer Chicken

Modified from this recipe.

(Serves around 8)


  • about 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 5 breasts)
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 10-12 ounces of beer (I used Killian’s Irish Red)
  • 32 ounces of barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • Whole-wheat buns (or you can serve it on bread, or even over a salad, like I did!)


  1. Slice onions (Note: I liked them sliced, but Brandon has requested that next time I chop them into smaller pieces.  Your call!).  Add onions to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place chicken breasts into the slow cooker.  Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add beer and BBQ sauce to the slow cooker (Note: If you use a thinner BBQ sauce, as Jessica recommends, use less beer.  My BBQ sauce was thicker, so I added more beer).
  4. Cook on low for about 8 hours. 
  5. After about 8 hours, take the chicken out, place in a large bowl, and shred the meat.  Add it back to the slow cooker and stir.  Let the chicken sit in the slow cooker for another 15 minutes or so before serving.





I loved the extra punch of flavor that the beer added to the BBQ sauce!


This recipe makes a TON of leftovers.  We ate it for lunch the next two days, plus I put two full containers into the freezer for later use! Thumbs up


One warning.  The mixture was a little sloppy on the first night, because of all of the delicious BBQ sauce and beer in the cooker.  But I didn’t think it was a big deal.  And the leftovers aren’t messy at all, because the chicken has plenty of time to absorb all of the yummy juices! Smile

Question for ya …

(As always) Tell me something tasty that you’ve eaten this week!

We went to a local restaurant called Aqua Terra Bistro, and I had barbequed pork tenderloin with “creamy smoked Gouda polenta” and a “warm apple blossom” with caramel and ice cream.  Best meal I’ve had in a LONG time!! Thumbs up

Ever cooked with beer?

How’s your week going??

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32 Responses to Slow Cooker BBQ Beer Chicken

  1. DeBlasio

    Im just saying I better go defrost my chicken now :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha you could also put it in frozen! It would probably still take around 8-9 hours. :)

  2. Northern Girl_Southern Wife (Alissa)

    We love Sweet Baby Ray’s! Glad to see Atlanta is treating you well – have you found a church yet? I’m sure you are loving the warm weather :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hey Alissa! Yes, I think we’re sticking to Passion City Church. It has Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockles, Kristian Stanfill … AND it’s a church filled with people who have a genuine desire to serve Christ! We love it!! :)

  3. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Yummy in my tummy! I’ve never cooked with beer, but I’ve cooked with wine (which is usually pretty tasty hehe). I need to try that yogurt! I’ve been wanting to but I was worried that it would be kind of bitter instead of sweet…but if you like it then I’m sure I would! Hope you have a great day love <3
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yeah … you know that if I like it, it has to be good because I like everything sweet!! ;) Have fun with Chris, my friend!!

  4. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    your BBQ beer chicken looks incredible! i’ve never made it with beer before, so i need to try that. i’ve heard that it kicks the flavor up a notch. yum!
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  5. Kat

    Not a fan of beer, but I make bbq pulled sandwhices all the time! I always make them with homemade sweet tater fries or a nice big salad, depending on the time of year!
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  6. Theresa

    another slow cooker recipe i will definitely be trying out! i use beer in the chili that we make and it comes out amazing :)

    it hasnt been a week of super interesting eats…but i did get to have some of my dads famous rice on sunday, so i’d say that counts as the best so far!
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  7. amy @ fearless homemaker

    ooh, the chicken looks absolutely delicious! glad that your first two weeks in atlanta have been going well. =) what’s something delicious i ate so far this week? a peanut noodle bowl with chicken + broccoli from a local food truck. yum!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yum! That sounds great! And you had that delicious tomato soup this week, too, right? ;)

  8. Michelle @ Our Dream, Made Out of Real Things

    That recipe looks SO incredible; that may be happening in the near future at my house. I love how you incorporated the leftovers on a salad; genius!
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  9. Kadee @kadeebugblog

    I woke up too late for breakfast and too early for lunch so I made an egg, avocado and bacon sandwich… So good, but not something I let myself have often because of the bacon. I swear it’s the most filling sandwich in the world.
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  10. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I can’t believe its already been two weeks!! Will any kind of beer work? We have some leftover from a party we had recently, otherwise we never have any around. I’ve been wanting to try a recipe like this though. I’m pretty sure this is def going to end up on next weeks menu planner! Thanks for sharing!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’m sure each beer will give it a slightly different flavor, but I definitely still think it would work! Let me know if you try it!

  11. Carrie @MyHealthyAddictions

    Good luck with those cookies- hotel cookies are always so temping!
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  12. anna, fitscally responsible

    This looks amazing! We are having some friends over for our engagement party in a few weeks and this would be the perfect dish to serve! I’m going to pin it so I remember it :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Let me know what you think! We really enjoyed it!

  13. Jentry Nielsen

    Oh yum! That bbq beer chicken sounds delicious! I’ve done just plain bbq pulled chicken in the crockpot before but have never thought of adding beer, great touch! ha Can’t wait to try it out!
    Free warm baked fresh cookies would be impossible for me to turn down! ha

    • notsodomesticated

      The cookies are very very difficult for me to turn down!! ;)

  14. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    I’ve made turkey chili that has beer in it, and it was delicious! This looks great too… Anything in the crockpot always turns out great!
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  15. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Haha I love your 1/2 stolen breakfast style ;)

    Once when on vacation, I did something similar with the hotels oats. I would steal the food, then slather it in my own personal nut butter from home :D
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    • notsodomesticated

      If you love that, then you’ll love my stealing ketchup and mustard packets tonight. ;)

  16. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    Yum, that looks so good! Good job for pulling off a homemade meal in your hotel room! I’ve never cooked with beer, but my mom has made beer can chicken.
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  17. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Yum!!! I love slow cooker bbq chicken, and I’m definitely going to add beer next time! I’ve used beer in many baked bean recipes, bbq sauces, and (obviously) beer batter. :)

    I think tonight’s fish tacos and fresh fruit dessert was the best meal I’ve had all week!
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  18. Erika

    I’d have a hard time turning down a cookie, too :/

    And that chicken looks amazing, minus onions! I have a similar recipe, but it doesn’t call for beer. I wanna try that!
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  19. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes

    OMG that chicken!! For the life me I do not cook well in a crock pot. Aren’t they supposed to be like cooking for dummies?? Maybe I can get someone to make it for me ;)
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  20. Baking Serendipity

    I love cooking with beer…especially in the crockpot :) This looks fantastic! And every night post-dinner chocolate chip cookie?! I can’t decide if this is heaven or just seriously dangerous.
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  21. Amanda @ Let Me Be What's Underneath

    New to your blog—love this recipe. I want to try it out! Thanks!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hey Amanda!! Thanks for commenting! Let me know if you try the recipe. :)

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