Slow Cooker Smoky Mountain Chicken

Tender, Slow Cooker Smoky Mountain Chicken in smoky barbecue sauce, topped with bacon and smothered with cheese! Just FIVE ingredients! 

Slow Cooker Smoky Mountain Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

People ask me all the time where I get my ideas for recipes. The short answer? Everywhere. The long answer? Random ideas pop into my head from day to day and I jot them down in a notebook or log them in my phone to make later. Other ideas come from my mother’s old cookbooks, magazines, recipes I remember having in my childhood, something I see on television, a meal described by a friend or family member, lots of inspiration from the internet, and dishes I have had at restaurants.  This particular recipe today was inspired by a restaurant dish I’ve never actually even had.

Slow Cooker Smoky Mountain Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

I’ve eaten at Ruby Tuesday before – I love it – and I remember getting the barbecue chicken 2 or 3 times there along with the salad bar – which, by the way, is the home of their really really awesome housemate balsamic dressing. Annnnyway, the barbecue chicken. Delicious. But I was looking at their menu online the other day and I noticed a dish I hadn’t tried before but wished I could immediately get my hands on – Smoky Mountain Chicken. Chicken in barbecue sauce, topped with bacon and cheese.


Slow Cooker Smoky Mountain Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

We don’t actually live by a Ruby Tuesday, the only one we ever visit is in Park City where we frequently have weekend getaways. Those weekend getaways are on hold for a minute while we have two brand new babes at home but I couldn’t wait a few more months to try this smoky mountain chicken so, naturally, I created this restaurant-inspired amazingness you are witnessing today.

The best part? This FIVE INGREDIENT DISH (<—- I love those words) is made right in the crockpot. You literally have 5 minutes of prep and that’s it. And the flavors. Ohhhhmygosh. I mean seriously. Bacon + barbecue + cheese. What’s not to love here?!

Slow Cooker Smoky Mountain Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

Slow Cooker Smoky Mountain Chicken

Tender, slow-cooked chicken in smoky barbecue sauce, topped with bacon and smothered with cheese!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, bbq, cheddar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked
  • 4 slices colby jack cheese


  • Mix together barbecue sauce and liquid smoke. Pour half into your slow cooker.
  • Lay chicken breasts side by side in the bottom of your slow cooker. Top with remaining barbecue sauce mixture. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low 4-5 hours.
  • About 15-20 minutes before serving, uncover and top each chicken breast with 2 slices of bacon, then top with 1 slice of cheese. Cover and allow to cook another 15-20 minutes til cheese is melty. Serve hot.


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This looks amazing. I wish this was in my lunch box. I love chicken and bacon and cheese! ahhhh

I have small children does the liquid smoke make it very spicy?

    No, the liquid smoke isn’t spicy at all – just adds a smokey flavor 🙂

This sounds delicious! Does the bacon need tobhe cooked first?

    Hi Stacey – yes, the bacon should be cooked first.

can the chicken be frozen or does it have to BE thawed first

    Hi Abby- I suggest thawing the chicken for even cooking! 🙂

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