Go Back
+ servings
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Watermelon BBQ Sauce + Crockpot BBQ Chicken

A lightly sweet, fruity BBQ sauce, perfect for chicken or fish.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 223kcal


BBQ Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 5-6 cups watermelon diced
  • 1 6- ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon dijon honey mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash of cayenne (to taste)

BBQ Shredded Chicken

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 large chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon BBQ sauce


BBQ Sauce

  • Add olive oil to a large pot, and saute onion for 7-10 minutes, until translucent and lightly browned.
  • Add the cubed watermelon, tomato paste, and water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium low, and continue to simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into a blender, and process for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is really smooth.
  • Return to pot, and add remaining ingredients. Simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has slightly thickened.

BBQ Shredded Chicken

  • In a skillet, add olive oil, and then brown both sides of the chicken over high heat. Season with sea salt.
  • Add browned chicken and BBQ sauce to a crockpot. Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for up to 4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken breasts, and shred using two forks. Return the chicken to the pot, and mix well with the BBQ sauce.


I added extra vinegar to the final BBQ recipe to give it more of a kick when cooked in to the shredded chicken. Consider adding only 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar if planning to use it as a dipping sauce.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 923mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1187IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg