Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Chicken Thighs

· 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
· ¾ cup BBQ sauce
· ¼ honey
· 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
· 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
· 4 slices bacon, cooked
· 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Trim chicken thighs of any unwanted skin or fat if necessary. Place the thighs in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl, mix together BBQ sauce, honey and garlic. Pour over chicken thighs and coat well. Place chicken in the slow cooker and pour over any remaining sauce mixture.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high 2 ½ to 3 hours.
Remove chicken from the slow cooker and place on plate. While still hot, sprinkle ¼ cup cheese on each thigh and then break a slice of bacon and press into cheese. Serve immediately.
With remaining sauce in slow cooker, add cornstarch to thicken. Spoon on top or beside chicken to serve. 

I obviously thought these were the four most important ingredients and didn't photograph the others.  What is more surprising is that I don't have the bacon package in this photo because we all know that Bacon is the most important of all ingredients! 

A couple of comments about these ingredients:  
1.  I buy minced garlic in the jar.   I don't get fresh and chop it.   It's just easier and I like easy.  It's in the produce department. 
2.  My favorite BBQ sauce is Sweet Baby Rays.  Our store brand, Best Choice, is a great substitute.  It sits right beside the SBR in a similar bottle.  Excellent taste.
3.  There is nothing better than local honey.  Barry Wright and his bees are right here in Gainesville and they produce a mighty fine product. 

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