Homemade Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken with Homemade Coleslaw

I have discovered over the years that “barbecue” has varying definitions depending on where you live. Where I live in Colorado anything cooked on an outdoor grill qualifies.

Homemade Pulled Chicken Sandwich

We barbecue burgers, fish and steaks, fresh vegetables, slices of pineapple—even pizza dough. However, if you live in the south you know “barbecue” is defined by these two words: Long and slow. And trust me, you’d better have proof that the brisket or rack of ribs was on the grill for the better part of a couple of days if you dare to call it barbecue!

Knowing there is a bit of regional controversy over what constitutes right and proper barbecue, I was intrigued to receive a recipe from Laura Koontz of Ohio for Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken, with a resounding endorsement from her husband Bill, “You’ve just got to try this!” And so I have. Again and again and again.

Best Pulled Chicken Barbecue

If you love good pulled chicken (pork, beef) barbecue sandwiches, this recipe is going to knock your socks off. It’s tender, moist, and perfectly seasoned—a great solution for any busy cook who longs to serve authentic barbecue.

To make shredded barbecue chicken you will need a slow cooker and these ingredients (full recipe below):

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • vinegar
  • cumin
  • bottled barbecue sauce

Laura sent along with the recipe a bottle of Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce and it is fabulous. However, any barbecue sauce will work so experiment with your favorite. Feeling adventurous? Substitute pork or beef for the chicken. Yum.

By the way, the Montgomery Inn located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is world-famous for its ribs and barbecue sauce. The exact recipe, however, is a closely guarded secret known only to proprietor Ted’s wife, Matula, and daughters.

Montgomery Inn barbecue sauce is fat-free and made with all-natural ingredients is a heavenly blend of tomatoes, garlic, onions, molasses, and secret spices.

I only know all of this because after trying this recipe the first time I knew I had to find a way to get my hands on more sauce.

Great news! This barbecue sauce is now available on Amazon and Montgomery Inn ships. I know this because I harbor a precious stash of Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce in my pantry. Suddenly I have become famous with family and friends for amazing Chicken Barbecue Sandwiches, the recipe for which shall remain a closely guarded secret known only to me. And now you.

(By the way, you can substitute boneless pork or beef, and any bottled barbecue sauce of your choosing. Refrigerate leftovers in a tightly closed container for up to a week.)

Thanks, Laura.

Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken

Homemade Pulled Chicken Sandwich
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Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken

If you love a good pulled chicken barbecue sandwich, this recipe is going to knock your socks off! It’s tender, moist, and perfectly seasoned—a great solution for any busy cook who longs to serve authentic, pulled chicken (pork or beef) barbecue.
Prep Time10 minutes
Slow Cooking7 hours
Total Time7 hours 10 minutes
Course: Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 349kcal


  • 4 lbs chicken breasts boneless, skinless (NOTE 1)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp vinegar any type
  • 1 tspn cumin
  • 28 oz. bottled barbecue sauce hold this for the 2nd phase (see instructions!)


  • Place chicken, water, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and cumin in slow cooker set on “Low.” 
  • Cook for 6 hours.
  • Drain juices. 
  • Shred chicken right in the slow cooker using two forks to pull it all apart.
  • Pour in barbecue sauce, stir to combine.
  • Cook on “Low” for an additional hour. 
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve on buns with coleslaw. Serves 8-10.


  1. Can substitute boneless pork or beef.
  2. Use any bottled barbecue sauce of your choosing.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers in a tightly closed container for up to a week.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

Coleslaw with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

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Creamy Coleslaw

Here’s the coleslaw recipe you want to accompany grilled meats, chicken, or fish. Just to be on the safe side you might want to double the recipe. That’s how good it is.
Prep Time10 minutes
Chill in refrigerator2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 239kcal


  • 1 lb fresh cabbage, shredded OR a 16-oz bag coleslaw mix
  • 2 tbsp diced onion
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated, white sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • ¼ tspn salt
  • ½ tspn poppy seeds


  • Combine the shredded cabbage (or coleslaw mix) and onion in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. 
  • Pour dressing mixture over cabbage (or coleslaw mix) and toss to coat. 
  • Chill at least 2 hours before serving. 


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Updated 5-30-22

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7 replies
  1. Ginny says:

    I made for friends coming to visit and it was a big hit. So tasty and easy and not time consuming. I will keep this in my repertoire!

  2. Debbie says:

    This sounds so easy and good. Would it work with boneless pork ribs for pulled pork? I never heard of Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce so I googled it, and found this copycat recipe that I am going to try. Since I’ve never had the “real” thing, I won’t know if it is a good copycat or not. If you try it, let me know!

    • Mary Hunt says:

      I have never tried substituting pork for chicken, so I can’t advise you one way or the other. As for that copycat recipe, Montgomery Inn BBQ is not spicy. That’s a lot of chili powder plus red pepper flakes! But again I’ve not tried it. I don’t see any reviews for the copycat recipe, so I’m suspicious. Montgomery Inn BBQ Sauce is uniquely delicious.This copycat sounds a lot closer to the real thing than the one you found. And it suggests using it with pork.

  3. Allie says:

    5 stars
    Wow. Made this tonight and it was devoured. We love pulled pork but using chicken breasts was a fabulous option- and cheaper too!! Simple recipe with tons of flavor. Topped it with your coleslaw and it was all so so yummy. Thanks Mary for posting this!

  4. Kim N says:

    This sounds good, can’t wait to try it. Won’t use the Montgomery Inn recipe as it has high fructose corn syrup so it’s not all natural. But I have great substitutes!


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