Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Turkey


This is another simple way I’ve made use of turkey thighs. In the past, I might have just dumped a bottle of barbecue sauce over the raw thighs and called it a day, but in the interest of refining the taste and cutting back on the sugar and calorie content of the barbecue sauce, here’s what I’ve started doing lately:

  • 2 turkey thighs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • Barbecue spice rub, to taste (I probably used a tablespoon or 2)
  • Minced garlic to taste

Add the turkey thighs to the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, vinegar, liquid smoke, spice rub and minced garlic, and pour the mixture over the turkey. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until meat is tender. Remove skin, shred with forks, and add back to the remaining sauce, mixing well.

Serve 3-3.5 oz of the meat on light hamburger buns. You could top the meat on the bun with 1/4 cup cole slaw, if you’d like. I ate the sandwich with 1 oz. of light potato chips and 1/2 unsweetened applesauce on the side.


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