But with that many people, cooking can be a challenge. So each family chose a day in which they would plan and prepare the meal for everyone. We always eat GREAT and have tons of food.
This year I decided to prepare my meal ahead of time... I figured that would get me more time on the beach and less time in the kitchen. :) So I made what has become of my favorite EASY (and it turns out, also frugal) meals to feed a crowd.
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
This recipe only needs three ingredients--
a Whole Fresh Chicken (or two, depending on how many you're feeding)
a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce (or two to three bottles)
a 2 liter of A&W Root Beer
Rinse the chicken with water and place in a crock pot. You can use a large or small crock pot, or two crock pots if you're cooking multiple chickens.
Pour the A&W Root Beer over the chicken until it is covered or mostly covered.
Cover and set your Crock Pot to cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
|Look at all that beautiful chicken!! :)|
Using two forks, shred the chicken and separate the meat from the skin and bones.
Drain the A&W and rinse the Crock Pot. Place the shredded chicken back into the Crock Pot and add the BBQ sauce. Stir to coat the chicken and let it simmer on low or warm for another half hour to an hour.
Serve with Buns, some fresh corn on the cob, coleslaw or pasta salad and some juicy watermelon and you've got a delicious and easy meal for a crowd!!
I made two whole chickens using two crock pots and fed all 23 of us, with some left over.
The whole chickens were about $5 each at Meijer, the buns were $1 per pack (I bought 4 packs), the Root Beer was $1 and the BBQ sauce was only $0.25 each after coupon (I bought two). That works out to be just $0.67 per person for the chicken sandwiches!
This is such an easy and frugal meal that I suggest you try it out for your next big gathering. Go ahead and PIN this recipe now so you can find it later! (Just hover your mouse over the "share" button below.)
Oh, and if you use the A&W and Sweet Baby Ray's sauce, the pulled chicken is Gluten Free! Sweet Baby Ray's Sauce is the best!!