Grandma Simpson's BBQ Sandwiches

Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches

In mid July the days inTexasare hot and humid. Grandma Simpson’s was starting to prepare the mid day meal we call supper inTexas. She had the chickens cut up and ready to fry in a pan of hot lard.

 As we were working in the kitchen Grandma looked at me and said the boy are tired of fried chicken. What can we do with chicken? We raised chicken on the farm and Grandma Simpson would go to the chicken coop three times a week and pick out 2 or 3 big fat chicken to clean.

 It was amazing to watch her trap the chicken, wring their neck, plucking and cleaning the chicken. I never could get the hang of this. I love to eat chickens but I could not kill and pluck them. Each time I would go to the chicken coop and try to trap a chicken I had all the chickens flying around squawking at me.

 I love to read and listen to the radio. I had heard everyone raving about making “Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches”. I asked Grandma Simpson would this be good with chicken. She said it sounded like a wonderful idea and why not try to make this tomorrow for lunch.

 Early the next morning Grandma Simpson is in the chicken coop picking out 4 chickens to kill and clean. We had decided to use the chicken breast to make “Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches” with.

 Preparing the chicken:

  •  3 to 4 large chicken breast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh Garlic (may use garlic power)

 Place the chicken breast in cooking pan. Season with salt, pepper, and fresh pressed garlic, if you do not have fresh garlic to squeeze and press you can use garlic powder. Set your oven temperature to 270 degrees. The chickens need to cook at low temperature 3 hours.

 Back on the ranch the old stove Grandma Simpson had no gage to regulate the temperature. Grandma would light the oven and check the temperature by putting her elbow inside the oven. She knew how to gage the temperature of the oven by the heat she felt on her elbow.

 The cooking time varies depending on the size of your chicken breasts. The chicken breasts are done when you can pull the meat off the bones and it falls apart.

 The chicken are in the oven cooking and now it is time to make Grandma Simpson’s famous Roby Ranch BBQ sauce.

 Preparing BBQ Sauce:

  • 30 ounces of fresh home canned tomato sauce (if no home canned tomato sauce use 2 15oz cans of tomato sauce)
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • Fresh ground pepper (I use pepper corns and grind my pepper)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper flakes (dried peppers crushed)
  • ½ cup vinegar (I now use red wine vinegar)

 Place all ingredients except the vinegar in saucepan. Simmer covered on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar to taste and continue simmering another 15 minutes.

Preparing the Sandwiches:

 Remove the chicken from oven when done. On a cutting board use 2 forks to pull the chicken meat off the bones. When pulling the meat off the bones shred the chicken meat. Place the shredded chicken meat in the stock pot with the BBQ sauce. Heat the meat stirring the sauce and meat.

 On old stove such as the one Grandma Simpson had; was easy to warm the buns on top of the stove. To warm; the buns; place on a cookie sheet in the oven. Warm thoroughly.

 To serve remove the warmed bun and place the BBQ chicken on top of the buns and serve when hot.

 This day I had prepared a macaroni salad and potato salad to go with the Pulled BBQ Chickens Sandwiches. Before we could place the first plate of sandwiches the men had them gone. They were screaming for more. We feed them all the buns and BBQ we had prepared.

 This is one day they left nothing on the table for Grandma Simpson or I. We did not even get to taste our Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. For desert I had cut up a plate of cold watermelon and sliced up some fresh peaches.

 I have used pot roast, turkey, port, and chicken to make Pulled BBQ Sandwiches with. When making the sandwiches the meat needs to be cooked slow and shredded with two forks. Add the shredded meat to the BBQ sauce and serve warm on top of toasted buns.

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