It’s BBQ season! And if you’re a 20-something living in an apartment, not having a grill can be really upsetting. Sunshine and smoke-charred foods are such a natural pairing, and without access to a barbecue it can be tough to recreate that match. Enter, crockpot..and a little help BBQ sauce, of course.
This recipe requires three ingredients. Three. All of which are commonly found at your local grocery store, and very inexpensive. The sweetness from the apricot preserves allows the tang from the BBQ sauce to shine through, and even makes the sauce thicker than your typical pulled-pork recipe. Plus, it’s a whole new spin on how to eat turkey (and keep it juicy), and will definitely be a crowd pleaser at any outdoor event. Did I mention there’s almost zero fat in this recipe, and you get up to double the serving size and protein power for the same caloric value as a standard pulled pork recipe? Or that it can be made ahead of time, frozen individually or in bulk, and requires 15 minutes? Wins, all around.
-2 lbs. turkey tenderloin (or turkey/boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
-2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (I love Stubbs!)
-1 cup apricot preserves
Put turkey (or chicken) in crockpot, pour over BBQ sauce and apricot preserves. Turn crockpot on high for 10 hours. When the time is up, shred the turkey in the crockpot so that the meat can absorb all of the sauce. (That’s it…I know, right?) I let mine cool overnight, then portioned it out to freeze. I’ve since
had enjoyed this pulled turkey on many occasions, and so far my favorite has been over juicy veggies and greens, with a little corn and cheese, of course.
I will say, this freezes/reheats perfectly, and is a great alternative to the grill. If you choose to freeze this recipe in bulk, I’d recommend using an oven-safe dish, and allow the pulled turkey to heat back up in a 350 degree oven until warm. For individual portions, I use small freezer bags, then put the frozen turkey on a dish in the microwave for a few minutes to defrost (no bags in the microwave, please).
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