Monday, March 19, 2012

Honey Bourbon Pulled Chicken

This post is long but bear with me… there is a recipe at the end.


Hungry Mom didn’t do much Running in February.  You know the mom’s an (injured) runner when her 1 year old thinks that the foam roller is a fun toy.  An injury kept me sidelined through most of the month, but maybe for the best...


It freed up some time to be extra crafty for my sister-in-law’s shower.  If you know me, you probably know that I married my best friend’s brother. It’s pretty cool when your best friend becomes your sister too.  Kate, Kerry (her sisters), my MIL and I had a blast pretending we were professional party planners and pouring all our energy into a shower for someone we all love so much!

The Beautiful Bride to Be!

The only catch was that Kelly lives in Colorado and we had never been to her house.  We had to plan everything “blindly” from home and then make it all small enough to pack in our suitcases and bring with us.  We would arrive late on Friday night and have just a few hours the next day to have everything ready to go. Kate and I really got Pinteresty and handmade just about everything on the table.  It was so fun!

Kate made the banner with scrapbook paper and leftover fabric she had laying around the house.  We made the Yarn vases by gluing yarn around old wine, liquor and beer bottles.  Her graphic designer at work scanned the invitation for us and made a bunch of labels for the table.  I made that chalkboard frame from some free wood at Home Depot and an old frame.

This ended up being really fun… I bought a can of chalkboard paint at Home Depot for about 9 bucks.  One can will last you forever.  Kate painted chalk squares on a pack of plastic glasses and left chalk out for the guests to write their names or descriptions like “Maid of Honor” or “Mother of the Groom."  It was such a fun (and cheap) way to get to know the members of the wedding without using boring old name tags.  

Favors were “Cozy Campside Cocoa” in Mason Jars

I took care of the menu planning from home so that we could get it all done quickly when we got to Colorado.  The theme was “Cowboy Chic” to to speak, and everything turned out adorable.
On the Ranch Veggies

Tumbleweed Salad with Lemon-Bacon Vinaigrette, Cowboy Caviar, Mac n Cheese Bites, Honey Bourbon Chicken Crostini

Farm Fresh Fruit Skewers

Dessert Table, complete with a picture of the Bride and her sister as a kid wearing her grandma’s dress.  She is wearing the same dress on her wedding day!

After the shower, a bunch of the men were coming back to the house for dinner.  I had to plan the menu so that we could serve finger food for the ladies, but be able to transform it into a big hearty dinner for the men after the shower with as little work as possible.  We made two big Crock Pots of Honey Bourbon Pulled Chicken which we served in “Crostini” form at the party, and then with rolls as sandwiches afterward.  We pulled out some baked beans, mac n cheese, and cole slaw prepared earlier in the day and the transition to dinner was ready in about 5 minutes!  The Pulled Chicken turned out AWESOME and was a fun way to mix up your traditional BBQ sandwich.

Honey Bourbon Pulled Chicken
Makes… a lot!  Enough to feed 10 adults
Originally posted and adapted form here

2 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 small Onion, minced
3/4 cup Bourbon
4 Tablespoons Honey
4 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
4 tablespoon Molasses (or 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar)
1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
4 Garlic Cloves, smashed
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 pinch Salt
2 pounds chicken breast, 2 pounds chicken thigh
Dill Pickle Slices






First just add all the ingredients, aside from chicken in a bowl.  This is going to be a boring series of pictures but I’m doing it anyway…

Ketchup!


Brown Sugar!  NOTE that we used Molasses in Colorado and I prefer that, but I couldn’t find Molasses at Harris Teeter or Bloom so I went brown sugar.

Tomato Paste

Worcestershire

That’s Bourbon… I used 1 cup and its very Bourbony.  So if you like Bourbon go for it.  If you’re not interested in sprouting hairs on your chest during dinner, go 3/4 cup.

Cayenne?  Maybe?  Bad picture taking skills.

Ginger

Onion and garlic

Mix mix

I did 2 breasts and 1 pack of thighs for this at home because it is all I had and I figured that would be a good amount to feed the 5 of us.  I like mixing the cuts of meat because while I like chicken breast better, that little extra fat from the thigh helps keep all the chicken moist in the crockpot.

Add it in and set to low for 5-7 hours.

Shred with a fork or Salad Choppers, and serve on Rolls with Pickle Slices.

Sage-approved!
 


Here’s the abbreviated, copy and paste-able version of the recipe:

Honey Bourbon Pulled Chicken

2 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 small Onion, minced
1 cup Bourbon
4 Tablespoons Honey
4 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
4 tablespoon Molasses
1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
4 Garlic Cloves, smashed
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 pinch Salt
2 pounds chicken breast, 2 pounds chicken thigh
Dill Pickle Slices

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well.  Add chicken to crockpot and coat with sauce.  Set to low for 5 to 7 hours.  Before serving, remove chicken from crockpot onto a cutting board.  Shred well and return to sauce.  Serve with buns and pickle slices.

8 comments:

Carrie McLean said...

K- I'm so thankful for this post! I feel like I got to see all the fun things you guys put together! You guys are amazing!

The Samsons said...

This looks really good!! I'm going to try it this week :):)

Katy said...

I am beyond excited for this! I was moping around thinking of what to make for dinner, mad at myself for wasting nap time, and voila this popped up! It is already in my crock pot! thank you!

Melissa said...

Looks like a beautiful party. I love the veggies in the cup with dip. I 've been thinking about doing something similar for our Easter appetizer with spring veggies like endive, asparagus, etc.
BBQ + Bourbon= yummm!
Looks delicious!

Rebecca Samson said...

I love the pic of Sage licking her plate!! Looks delicious!

All the food for Kelly's shower looks awesome and A+ for presentation!

Heather said...

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kris-lawrence.com said...

I am going to make this! Thanks for sharing.The bridal shower looks perfect & fun. From one injured mom to another I hope you heal up soon!

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