My slow cooker salsa chicken recipe is still one of my favorites to date. It’s so easy, and it’s such a fun way to prepare a ton of chicken for lunches and other quick meals during the week. So here’s another option born of my quest to find a decent BBQ sauce without all of the added sugar.
Now, I will have to warn you that I am not a true BBQ enthusiast. My friend from Texas basically laughed me off for my sauce choices and I’m not going to pretend like I’ve become some kind of expert since. I really love this sauce though, so if you are a BBQ master and have tried it, do let me know what your thoughts are.
I’ve heard about the G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ Sauce all over the internet! Low carb people love it, sugar free people love it, Weight Watchers peeps love it – but I couldn’t find it! I was hunting everywhere until I finally located it at a Safeway store. Then I bought one of each flavor and I fell instantly in love. No weird after taste and no sickly sweet flavors. I actually like it better than a lot of the “regular” BBQ sauces that I have tried. The fact that it’s OK for my diabetic husband, and low in Smart Points, is practically just an added bonus.
Yet, I was hesitant to stick this stuff in a slow cooker. Some artificial sweeteners don’t perform well under heat – either changing their flavor or just losing it entirely. When I read the ingredients label I was happy to see:
Crushed Tomatoes (Water, Concentrated Crushed Tomatoes), Apple Cider Vinegar, White Vinegar, Modified Cornstarch, Salt, Less Than 2% of: MincedOnion, Lemon Juice (from Concentrate), Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Ground Cinnamon, Spices, Natural Hickory Smoke, Spices, Natural Brown Sugar Flavor, Natural Maple Flavor, NaturalCaramel Color, Xanthan Gum, Sucralose. Gluten free.
So there is a very small amount of “Splenda,” and that sweetener does fine with some heat. We are good to go!
Thus, my super easy Sugar Free BBQ Shredded Chicken recipe was born. Give it a shot! It’s tangy and smoky shredded chicken with hardly any effort. Make a huge batch for the week and use it on top of salads, flat out pizzas, as additions to soup, etc. You don’t have to worry about getting your kitchen hot or firing up the grill. Just let your slow cooker do all the work for you.