Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken with Cheesy Grits

     Cheesy grits seem to be all the rage lately. You can't open a cooking magazine and not find something served over grits. For me, grits were always something you'd order at Huddle House- a bowl of mush swimming in melted butter. This time, it's swimming in cheese. Cheese makes everything better. At the very least, cheese makes The Wife happy, which makes my life very easy. Though the recipe isn't made entirely in the slow-cooker, it is about the lamest, laziest recipe I've ever devised, which is hilarious because it's really damned good. Give it a try and tell me I'm wrong. You'd be lying, because I'm not wrong. It's really damned good. As always, notes are in blue.

Slow-cooker BBQ Chicken
and Cheesy Grits
BBQ Chicken

  • 1 pound chicken, skin removed (we used drumsticks. There's nothing stopping you from using boneless, skinless chicken. In the long run, that would probably save you a little time and work)
  • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce of your choice. 
Cheesy Grits
  • 1 cup grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (we used a bagged mix of cheddar, American and Swiss)
  1. Pour BBQ sauce into a slow cooker. 
  2. Fill BBQ sauce bottle half-way and shake. Pour into slow-cooker.
  3. Add chicken and cook on LOW 6-7 hours or until chicken is done.
  4. Remove the meat from the bone and discard the bones. Return the meat to the sauce. If using boneless, shred the meat and return to the sauce.
Cheesy Grits (Done on the stove)
  1. In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the adobo seasoning.
  2. Stir in grits and cheese. Lower heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. About halfway through the cooking, stir to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pan (you may find this step is easier if you remove the lid first. Put the lid back on when you're done stirring)
  3. After 5 minutes, take off lid and remove from heat. Grits should be creamy.
  1. Take a big scoop of grits and put them on a plate.
  2. Take a big scoop of chicken and sauce and place it on the grits.
  3. Unceremoniously shovel the concoction in your face and enjoy. Maybe have a beer or two with this. I'd recommend a nice wheat beer. Or Guinness. You can never go wrong with Guinness. 
  4. Damn it, now I want a Guinness and I don't have any in the house.
  5. I'll be damned if I'm making a special trip to the store to buy Guinness.
  6. It's better on draft anyway.
  7. Ah screw it, I'll just have a bourbon and cola.
Good times!


  1. Yum yum yum yum YUM. I am so making these grits!!!!!

    1. The grits were a huge hit here! I hope you like them as much as we did.