Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with homemade barbecue sauce comes out tender and full of flavor. It's the perfect healthy option for a barbecue, football game, or party.
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast covered in a low sugar, homemade barbecue sauce is the answer when you are wondering what to make for dinner or your next party. Made with lean turkey breast and an easy barbecue sauce that comes together right in the slow cooker, this meal is so good. Pair it with this skinny coleslaw and slow cooker pinto beans.
It's funny how I almost always incorporate ground turkey, turkey sausage, or deli turkey into my meals but always forget about turkey breast unless its Thanksgiving. In the past it could be pretty hard to find out outside of the holidays, but now I find my local supermarket almost always has turkey breast (or at least turkey breast tenderloins) available. Since I can get bored pretty quickly with chicken breast, turning to turkey is always a great option and believe me when I say you won't regret making this slow cooker barbecue pulled turkey.
Today's recipe is a twist on a traditional barbecue pulled chicken made with homemade barbecue sauce, turkey, and onions. The barbecue sauce is made with ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, cumin, and paprika. You can also throw in some chili powder or cayenne if you like things spicy. It's also flavored with onions and garlic that add tons of flavor to the sauce while it cooks.
One note is to always look for a no sugar added or lower sugar ketchup if you can. Regular ketchup tends to have a lot of sugar. If you want to avoid ketchup altogether, you could use tomato sauce instead and taste before adding it to the crockpot to see if you need more vinegar or spices. You can also add a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste if you like lots of tomato flavor in your barbecue sauce.
It depends on what kind of turkey you are cooking. For a recipe using turkey breast without the skin and bone, it will only take 4-6 hours on low in the slow cooker depending on the size of the turkey breast. For quicker cooking, you can cut the turkey breast into smaller chunks. For a skin on and bone-in turkey breast, it will take closer to 8 hours to cook it in the crockpot.
This crockpot turkey will keep in the freezer after it has been cooked. Make sure to store it with plenty of sauce. The best way to defrost it is to place it in the fridge the night before and let it thaw out overnight. It can also be defrosted in the microwave on low power so it doesn't dry out.
If you can't find turkey or you prefer chicken, this recipe will still turn out great. You can use boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs. If you decide to use chicken breasts, make sure to only cook them for 3-4 hours on low so they don't become dry.
Absolutely! If you don't want to make your own sauce, you can use your favorite store bought option instead. You will need about 1.5 cups of barebcue sauce to replace the homemade one. Look for one that is low in sugar and doesn't contain lots of hard to pronounce ingredients to keep things light and healthy.
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You can easily make this a spicy barbecue sauce by adding hot sauce, chipotle peppers, red pepper flakes, or chili powder to taste.
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