Spicy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Spicy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Spicy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches. Natasha Nicholson/Getty Images
  • Total: 8 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 8
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
932 Calories
46g Fat
32g Carbs
92g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 8
Amount per serving
Calories 932
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 288mg 96%
Sodium 950mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 92g
Calcium 124mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a flavorful and spicy pulled chicken sandwich. You can add more or less hot sauce depending on how you like it. This dish is perfect for any weeknight meal, informal gathering, or game day events.


  • 1 large whole chicken (about 6 pounds/2.7 kg)
  • 2 onions (halved)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL allspice
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL cayenne pepper
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar
  • 1 package rolls (or hamburger buns)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL black pepper

Steps to Make It

1. Wash and pat dry chicken. Coat outside and cavity of chicken with cayenne pepper, allspice, salt, and black pepper. Place onions, garlic, and herb sprigs inside.

2. Prepare smoker. Smoke chicken for 6-8 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 180-185 degrees F. ( 85-90 degrees C.) This high temperature will make it easier to shred.

3. Once cooked, remove chicken from smoker and set on a baking sheet. Allow to cool (about 15-20 minutes) before pulling apart.

4. While chicken is cooling, add 1 bottle of barbecue sauce with 1 teaspoon of hot sauce, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar into a large saucepan. Allow sauce to simmer on very low heat  for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, cover saucepan and keep sauce warm until ready to use.

5. When the chicken has cooled, remove skin, and shred meat. Place shredded meat into a saucepan with barbecue sauce. Make sure the chicken is well coated with sauce before serving.