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Dish of the Month: BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe (September 2023)


Pulled Chicken

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

½ large yellow onion diced

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper optional

½ cup root beer

1 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons molasses

8 rolls or buns


Pulled Chicken

  • Heat grill to 400°F.

  • Combine the ingredients for the rub in a small bowl and set aside.

  • Drizzle chicken with olive oil and generously season both sides with the rub. Chill until ready to grill or make immediately.

  • Place chicken on the prepared grill and grill over direct heat until cooked through, flipping once or twice. Keep the lid closed while grilling. Juices should run clear when done.

  • Let chicken cool for a few minutes and then shred the chicken.

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

  • Meanwhile, or even before cooking the chicken, prepare the barbecue sauce. Heat olive oil in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent.

  • Stir in chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

  • Pour in root beer and stir to combine.Stir in ketchup, lemon juice and molasses.

  • Bring sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

  • Add the pulled chicken to the barbecue sauce and stir to combine.

  • Top toasted buns with chicken mixture and coleslaw if you like.

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