Smoky Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken (In The Slow Cooker!)

Smoky Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken - in the slow cooker! #recipe by

I’m not the only one that plays chicken with my gas light, right?

Like today, for instance. I had to drive about 30 miles. I had just under a quarter of a tank. I was in a hurry.

I can totally drive 30 miles with that much gas! Especially because the little electronic thing said that I could go 40 miles on what was in my tank. Basically, I had an extra 10 miles to burn if I wanted to take a detour or something. (This is the part where my Dad moves on from just silently shaking his to head at me to actually choking on his words as he tries to tell me that no, that’s not what that means.)

Smoky Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken - in the slow cooker! #recipe by

So, I hopped on the interstate and promptly forgot the gas situation until I had passed all gas station possibilities. Then I looked at the gauge and it said I had 2 miles of gas left available. First of all, I had totally not traveled 38 miles at that point, so the gas gauge is clearly a lying liar who lies. Second of all, oh crap. Third, if my dad or my husband knew that I let my gas tank get that low they would shout at me and I hate being shouted at. I mean, I already know it’s not good for the car to drive it on an empty tank. It’s not like I do it for fun! I just…well, I just hate getting gas, okay?

Anyway, I had the kids in the backseat, so I happily alerted them of the potential problem, because if I was going to panic, I may as well have someone along for the ride. It’s about time they learned that their mom does a really bad job of being a grown up, right?

Smoky Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken - in the slow cooker! #recipe by

So, I found my exit and pulled into the nearest gas station right as my gas tank flipped down to a big ol’ ZERO. I made it just in time, which is probably not a good thing, because it just means that I’ll continue playing this game of “Will I make it or won’t I?” Awesome.

Anyway, enough about my failures. Let’s talk about my success instead!

I made y’all dinner and you’re going to love the flavors and how easy it is to throw together!

Smoky Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken - in the slow cooker! #recipe by

I was recently sent an amazing assortment of salt samples from SaltWorks®. I dunno if you guys knew this about me or not, but I am a total salt freak. When I was a kid I would “accidentally” spill salt and then lick it all up. Yum!

Anyway, SaltWorks® sent me this huge assortment of their gourmet sea salts. It was sort of like Christmas morning! As soon as I opened the box I knew that I had to try the smoked salt and holy yum, you guys. I can’t stop opening the bottle to smell it! It smells like smoky perfection. And, okay fine, sometimes I shake a bit out in my palm and lick it up. Don’t judge me. It’s good stuff!

smoked salt

I thought it would be fun to create a recipe with smoky flavors using the smoked salt, so I grabbed my slow cooker and added in some brown sugar and garlic for a super fabulous dinner. There was even a bottle of habanero Smoked Salt that would have probably been fabulous in this dish. I chickened out and used the Yakima Applewood Smoked Sea Salt, though. I figured my kids wouldn’t go for the habanero, but seriously…what a fun salt!

Lucky you, SaltWorks® is offering up some goodies for one of you! Find all the details and enter to win below the recipe!

Smoky Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken - in the slow cooker! #recipe by

Smoky Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken

This chicken is sweet, salty, and smoky all in one! Their is just the perfect hint of smoke in this dish, but if you'd like more add a tablespoon or two of liquid smoke to the slow cooker! I like to serve this over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.


1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Yakima® Applewood Smoked Sea Salt (plus more for serving, if desired)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Drain liquid and shred meat with a fork.
Serve over rice with steamed veggies.

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This post was sponsored by SaltWorks®. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.