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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

It’s taken me awhile to get the hang of using my slow cooker. It wasn’t until I embraced the idea of winging it a few years ago and starting tossing stuff in what is now my 2nd most beloved kitchen appliance (coffee pot lives forever in first place) that I got really good at rocking my slow cooker.

And never is my slow cooker more welcome on my kitchen counter than in the heat of the summer, when I’d much rather spend my days outside and the thought of standing over a warm stove is wildly unwelcome.

But my summer slow cooker recipes are a far cry from my cold weather favorites…I just can’t seem to get psyched for pot roast or soup after a day at the pool.

But a delicious sandwich matched with fresh summer fruit and salty chips?

SIGN ME UP.

This recipe was inspired by a magical sandwich that my husband whipped up for a us a few years ago on a Sunday evening, using a bunch of leftovers from previous meals. Bacon from breakfast, chicken from dinner the night before, pineapple and cheese from the fridge. We tossed it all together and then gaped at each other when we took the first bites. The combo was straight-up delicious.

So good that we no longer wait for the magical leftover combo to present itself. This sandwich has become a meal plan star.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Here’s how to make slow cooker BBQ chicken pineapple bacon sandwiches for your family.

Place chicken in slow cooker.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Mix 2 packets of KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix with 12 ounces of pineapple juice.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Cover chicken with ½ of the prepared BBQ sauce, and 6 ounces of pineapple juice. (This photo is pre-stir…give it a mix!)

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Cover and refrigerate the remaining BBQ sauce (approximately 1 Cup.)

Set slow cooker to high for 3 hours, or low for 5-6 hours.

When chicken is done, remove from the liquid and shred.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Pour out cooking liquid, reserving ½ Cup.

Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker, adding the remaining BBQ sauce. Resist the urge to lick the jar.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Add additional cooking liquid if you prefer a thinner sauce for your sandwich, or if you’ll be letting the slow cooker remain on the “warm” until you’re ready for dinner.

When you are ready to serve, add ½ cup pineapple tidbits to the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Assemble your sandwich! Pile on bottom bun with chicken, bacon, and a slice of swiss cheese and warm under the broiler for 30-60 seconds until it gets all nice and melty.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

Top with a bun and enjoy!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Pineapple Bacon Sandwiches

 

This was my first time using the KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub, and it won’t be the last. The sauce was delicious and as a perpetual recipe tweaker, I love that I can adjust the flavor by adding different liquids to the mix, and control the thickness of the sauce or marinade. I’m looking forward to trying out the Spicy Habanero and Sweet Honey varieties verrrrry soon.

SLOW COOKER BBQ CHICKEN PINEAPPLE BACON SANDWICHES
Cooking Time: 3-6 Hours
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ pounds chicken breast (boneless + skinless)
2 packets of KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix in Original flavor
18oz pineapple juice
½ Cup pineapple tidbits
Bacon (thick cut, 4-8 strips)
4-6 slices of Swiss cheese
4 buns

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Mix 2 packets of KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix with 12 ounces of pineapple juice.
  3. Cover chicken with ½ of the prepared BBQ sauce, and 6 ounces of pineapple juice.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the remaining BBQ sauce (approximately 1 Cup.)
  5. Set slow cooker to high for 3 hours, or low for 5-6 hours.
  6. When chicken is done, remove from the liquid and shred.
  7. Pour out cooking liquid, reserving ½ Cup.
  8. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker, adding the remaining BBQ sauce.
  9. Add additional cooking liquid if you prefer a thinner sauce for your sandwich, or if you’ll be letting the slow cooker remain on the “warm” until you’re ready for dinner.
  10. When you are ready to serve, add ½ cup pineapple tidbits to the slow cooker.
  11. Assemble your sandwich! Pile on bottom bun with chicken, bacon, and a slice of swiss cheese and warm under the broiler for 30-60 seconds until it gets all nice and melty.
  12. Top with a bun and enjoy!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece. The opinions and text are all mine.

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