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Slow-Cooked BBQ Chicken (+ Quesadilla Recipe)

Our Slow-Cooked BBQ Chicken (+ Quesadilla Recipe) is the easiest and most flavorful sauce that is made without ketchup for yet another awesome Memorial Day weekend meal! And why brine the chicken with Bubbies’ Kosher Dill Pickles? It keeps the chicken from drying out, tenderizes the meat, and makes it super juicy for the best texture!

Slow-Cooked BBQ Chicken Quesadillas (Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce)
Slow-Cooked BBQ Chicken Quesadillas (Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce)

Thank you Bubbies for sponsoring today’s recipe. As always, opinions are my own.

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What makes Bubbies’ Kosher Dill Pickles different from other brands?

The pickles are made with the perfect balance of their special spice blend and the science of fermentation to give their salt brine pickles the signature Bubbies’ taste and crunch unlike any other! It’s gluten-free, no added sugar, no preservatives, and non-gmo.

And while anyone can make a dill pickle, there is something special about Bubbies’ Kosher Dill Pickles that keeps me coming back with it’s naturally-fermented, wholesome ingredients.

Where can I find Bubbies’ products near me?

I usually buy mine at Whole Foods or Harris Teeter, but I recommend clicking here to find a location nearest to you! 🙂

Slow-Cooked BBQ Chicken Quesadillas (Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce)
Slow-Cooked BBQ Chicken Quesadillas (Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce)

Why brine the chicken with Bubbies’ Kosher Dill Pickles?

It keeps the chicken from drying out, tenderizes the meat, and makes it super juicy for the best texture!

Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and begin cooking deliciousness!

Slow-Cooked BBQ Chicken (+ Quesadilla Recipe)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 lb. Chicken Breasts skinless and boneless
  • 2 cups Brine from Bubbies’ Kosher Dill Pickles
  • 2-3 Bubbies’ Kosher Dill Pickles finely diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups Pureed Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Honey or Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Regular Molasses not blackstrap
  • 2 tbsp. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • Optional 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

For the quesadillas:

  • Tortillas
  • Halloumi Cheese Sharp Cheddar, or White Cheddar
  • Zesty Alabama White Sauce or White Queso for dipping

Instructions

For the sauce:

  • Add all the ingredients together in a food processor to pulse until smooth.
  • Pour into a pot over medium heat to cook for 5-6 minutes, whisking continuously until thoroughly warmed.
  • The sauce is ready to use immediately or can be stored in an airtight container to enhance the flavors overnight.

For the chicken:

  • In either a large resealable bag or airtight container, combine the chicken with the pickle brine, finely diced pickles, minced garlic, and black pepper. Store in the fridge overnight, or for at least 3 hours.
  • When ready to cook, drain the chicken, sprinkle with salt, then add into a large pot or dutch oven. Pour in the BBQ sauce, bring to a boil, cover, then lower heat to a simmer for 1/2 – 2 hours, or until fully cooked. (Another option is to cover the chicken in water, bring to a boil, then simmer until fully cooked. Once cooked, drain the water, and toss the shredded chicken with the BBQ sauce.)
  • Allow the chicken to cool for at least 5-10 minutes, then either shred with two forks or in a stand mixer.
  • Enjoy the slow-cooked BBQ chicken warm however you desire!

For the quesadillas:

  • Heat up olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat for 1 minute. Add in one tortilla, 2-3 tbsp. cheese, and 2-3 tbsp. BBQ chicken. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Serve warm with a zesty white sauce or white queso for added creaminess.

’till next time! xxL

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