When I was a little girl, all of our family gatherings centered around my granddaddy’s BBQ. He made a name for himself in his hometown and beyond as being a true southern BBQ cook. Ribs and chickens were his specialty, and he made his own special sauce. If ever you opened one of the cabinets in my grandparents’ kitchen, you were likely to find jars of BBQ sauce he had canned. I can still see myself sitting on the stool in their kitchen and smell the sharpness of the vinegar, lemon, and spices as he cooked a big pot of his homemade sauce. Memories like those are the reason BBQ is still one of my favorite dinners.
Truth be told, I don’t make my own BBQ sauce. It’s one short-cut I allow myself since there are so many really good sauces on the market these days. My favorite is Costa’s, which is a Birmingham restaurant that markets their sauce in grocery stores, but I also really enjoy the Sticky Fingers sauces (particularly Carolina Sweet) and the Sweet Baby Ray’s line. Although none of these are the “real” sauce my granddaddy was known for, they are delicious substitutes. And they are quick and easy, which make them perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.
BBQ Chicken Sliders are a common middle-of-the-week dinner around here. They meet my BFF (Busy Family Friendly) standards, and are healthy crowd-pleasers. I top mine with our favorite Cilantro Slaw to give them a little more depth of flavor. Cilantro Slaw is creamy, crisp, and very fresh tasting, which is a great compliment to the BBQ chicken.
All I do is sprinkle a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder and place them in a baking dish. I cover with about a half bottle of BBQ sauce, seal tightly with foil, and bake on 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes. When chicken is done, leave in baking dish and shred with forks. Place shredded chicken on slider bun and top with a spoonful of cilantro slaw.
- 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Slider buns
- Cilantro slaw
- Sprinkle chicken well with seasonings. Place in single layer in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Pour BBQ sauce over top of chicken. Cover tightly with foil. Bake on 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cut into chicken to be sure it is no longer pink before serving. Shred chicken with fork and leave in BBQ sauce. Serve on slider buns. Top with Cilantro Slaw.