These Hawaiian Chicken Slow Cooker Sandwiches are tangy, savory and perfectly sweet!
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large saucepan and bring to medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.
Add all remaining ingredients except the chicken, pineapple rings, bacon, and the buns, then bring to a simmer. Pour mixture into the slow cooker and turn slow cooker to low heat.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375° F. Place bacon on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, then bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove bacon and place on paper towels to absorb bacon grease. Once cooled, cut each strip in half.
Switch oven to high broil, or heat grill to high heat. Brush fresh pineapple rings with oil (or use your favorite cooking spray) and broil for 2-3 minutes per side. If grilling, grill on high heat for about 5 minutes, until rings are nicely charred.
To assemble the sandwiches layer the pulled chicken, then bacon, then pineapple on a sandwhcih bun or slider role. Enjoy!
• If you prefer less sauce on your chicken, remove some of the BBQ sauce from the slow cooker to serve on the side, then fold the pulled chicken into the remaining sauce.