BBQ Chicken Pizza

Whip this BBQ Chicken Pizza up any night of the week. I guarantee it will be on your table faster than if you called for take-out. This BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe is a classic, using either store-bought or homemade ingredients. 

A whole bbq chicken pizzaEasy BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Is there anything better than a classic BBQ Chicken Pizza hot out of the oven? Between the ridiculously easy gluten-free pizza crust, the homemade bbq sauce, bbq chicken and that cheddar and onion melty goodness? This recipe is going to be on repeat. While we (obviously) have recipes for each of the components to make up this BBQ Chicken Pizza, we also know that you can just as easily buy some of them store-bought for an easy weeknight dinner.

Here is what you need to make it:

Patting out gluten free pizza dough
Let’s Talk About the Best Gluten-Free Homemade Pizza Crust

If you haven’t tried my Gluten Free Pizza Crust before, you have been missing out. It has been made and loved by so many of you! I have to admit, it’s a favorite of mine too. This crust comes together quickly, in 1-bowl, and in under 10 minutes. No kneading, proofing or fussing is required! This pizza crust uses a blend of coconut flour, tapioca flour and ground flaxseed. It’s light and chewy and is a crowd pleaser. It’s easy to make ANY night of the week and perfect for any topping you’d like! We obviously recommend you use this crust because it’s so delicious and so simple! But it’s easy to use a store-bought one, if you need. Follow the packaging instructions for baking for that if you do use store-bought.

Spreading bbq sauce on pizza crust

How to Make Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

  1. Start with the crust! If using my homemade pizza dough you can make the crust and bake it immediately. But it must be baked up prior to putting on the pizza toppings.
  2. Next top the parbaked pizza with the toppings. We have suggested amounts, but go ahead and make the pizza to your liking. Just make sure not to overload it because too much toppings won’t bake up properly.
  3. Finally, bake it all off! If you want ultra crispy and melty cheese, stick it under your broiler.
  4. Garnish the pizza with an extra drizzle of bbq sauce and cilantro and serve immediately.

Cutting into easy barbecue chicken pizza

Easy Swaps

We love homemade as much as possible, so we went ahead and gave you recipes for the Gluten Free Pizza Crust, the BBQ Sauce and BBQ Chicken. However, if you are using this recipe as more of a guide, go ahead and grab whatever you need store-bought. There are a lot of cleaner alternatives out there for homemade products now, especially when it comes to pizza crust and bbq sauce. If you didn’t want to make the BBQ chicken, go ahead and pick up a rotisserie chicken and use that here. Just toss it in a little BBQ sauce before putting on the pizza so it won’t dry out in the oven.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Whip this BBQ Chicken Pizza up any night of the week. I guarantee it will be on your table faster than if you called for take-out. This BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe is a classic, using either store-bought or homemade ingredients. 

Yield 2
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Make pizza dough, and parbake according to these instructions (or whatever the package instructions state if store-bought).
  3. Spread bbq sauce over the pizza. Top with cheese, bbq chicken and red onion. Bake in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted the desired amount.
  4. Top pizza with extra bbq sauce and cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.


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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Looking for a quick and flavorful way to cook chicken breasts? This Baked BBQ Chicken Breast recipe is perfect for any night of the week. Plus, we’re sharing our best tips for cooking chicken breasts in the oven.

Juicy sliced baked bbq chicken breastBaked BBQ Chicken Breast Recipe

These perfectly cooked BBQ Chicken Breasts are your answer to a quick and delicious weeknight dinner. The chicken is pounded out to an even thickness, quickly marinated with a bit of apple cider vinegar and spices, topped with BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought) and then baked to perfection. And we’re sharing all the tips we have to make sure you get the juiciest chicken possible! Serve this along side sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice or on top of a big salad and dinner is served!

Piercing chicken breasts with a forkBaked BBQ Chicken Breast Ingredients

Marinating bbq chicken breasts

How to get Perfect Juicy Baked Chicken

The secret to getting juicy and flavorful chicken is ultimately about not overcooking it. That is the single most important part of cooking chicken breasts, which are lower in fat than their dark meat counterparts. However, we took a few extra steps in addition to correctly cooking the chicken to make sure this recipe is amazing.

First, you’re going to pound out the meat to an even thickness with a meat mallet (or a rolling pin). This ensures the chicken is perfectly cooked throughout, instead of having some parts of the chicken overcooked because they are thinner.

Next, you are going to quickly marinate the chicken with a dry rub. The apple cider vinegar adds flavor and makes the meat more tender, as does the sugar and spices. Once extra step we took with this chicken was to pierce the breast all over with a fork. This again, lets the marinade and BBQ sauce penetrate the chicken a bit more, as well as gently tenderizes the meat.

Lastly, and the most important step is to remove the chicken just before it has finished cooking. As all meat does, the chicken will continue to cook after it has been removed from the oven. We always suggest using an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of meat, and chicken breast should be removed from the oven between 155º-160º. Once the chicken has been pulled out, cover the pan with aluminum foil and allow the chicken to rests. This let’s the chicken finish cooking to 165º and lets the chicken rest so all the juices stay within the chicken breast.

What type of BBQ Sauce to use

We really wanted to keep this recipe as simple as possible, so we left the option open to use either homemade bbq sauce or store-bought. Our recipe for homemade is pretty quick to put together, and can actually cook in the time required for this chicken to marinate. If you are want to use a BBQ sauce that you know has simple and clean ingredients, go ahead and make it from scratch! You won’t be disappointed.

One thing to note is that dry rub for the chicken has coconut sugar in it. If your bbq sauce has a lot of sugar in it, you can feel free to omit the extra added sugar. If you are using our homemade version, go ahead and use the coconut sugar as suggested.

Oven baked bbq chicken in a dish

What to Serve with Baked BBQ Chicken

Serve this bbq chicken up with all your favorite bbq sides. Here are some of ours:

Slicing into baked bbq chicken

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Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

Looking for a quick and flavorful way to cook chicken breasts? These Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts are perfect for any night of the week. Plus, we're sharing our best tips for cooking chicken breasts in the oven.

Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free, Paleo
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place chicken breasts on a steady surface between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness of 1”.
  3. Place chicken inside a 9x13” baking dish. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the chicken and rub on the coconut sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, chili powder and cayenne on both sides of the chicken. Pierce the chicken lightly with a fork all over. Let the chicken marinate for 15-30 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Pour BBQ sauce over the chicken and cook until the chicken is nearly finished cooking through, to 155º-160ºF, about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and loosely cover it with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes while the temperature of the chicken continues to cook from residual heat.
  6. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are using a store-bought barbecue sauce that is already very sweet, you can omit the sugar in this recipe.


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The Best Baked BBQ Chicken Breast

Everybody should have an easy BBQ sauce recipe that they can use whenever the mood strikes! This super simple Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce contains no refined sugars, is paleo friendly and takes under 20 minutes to put together!

Paleo BBQ sauce in a jarBBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade BBQ Sauce is surprisingly easy to make once you have the right formula! We love our Sweet & Smoky BBQ sauce because it’s so simple to make and is a great sauce for so many dishes! For this recipe all you need to do is add all of your ingredients to a pot and simmer away!

Usually barbecue sauces you buy at the store are laden with hard-to-pronounce ingredients and so much sugar. While our recipe has sugar because we like it sweet, we opt for a cleaner alternative and use refined-sugar-free coconut sugar. We also skip the addition of ketchup and use a mix of tomato paste and tomato sauce to get the Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce just right.

barbecue baked chicken

Paleo Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

What I love most about this recipe is how much control you have over the ingredients for this homemade BBQ sauce. While I’ve got nothing against ketchup, unless you are buying a really high-quality brand there can be some suspect ingredients in it. So we ditched the traditional ketchup and instead use tomato sauce and tomato paste! We’re using coconut sugar here as well, to keep this refined-sugar-free, but if you didn’t have that on hand you could swap it with maple syrup or even organic brown sugar.

Homemade barbecue Sauce being brushed on ribs

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Savor the last long weekend of the Summer with these gluten free and paleo healthy labor day recipes to make at home or bring with you on-the-go!

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Labor Day Weekend is bittersweet! It’s the last long weekend of the Summer where everyone gets a chance to soak in the last of the sun with final beach days, BBQ’s, and the chance to make all of those summer recipes you’ve been pinning and saving. I’ve rounded up some favorite appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and treats to satisfy every person at your home this weekend with these healthy labor day recipes!

Labor Day Appetizers

These late summer appetizers are perfect to make at home or to share!

Labor Day Pasta Salads and Sides

Sometimes the salads are the BEST part of a BBQ

Labor Day Cocktails

Make them as cocktails or mocktails!

Labor Day BBQ Ideas

Get that grill lit up, because we need to fire up the end of summer!

Labor Day Desserts

A sweet finish to the end of summer!

Healthy Labor Day Recipes (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Summer time means grilling time! Grilling tends to be a pretty healthy cooking method — plus it lends itself to sitting outside and throwing BBQs! Summer doesn’t get any better. All grilling methods are not created equal, though. Here are fifteen of my best tips for how to grill!

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15 Tips for Ultimate Summer Grilling

For all your BBQ needs.

1. Clean your grill. Even if you’re pretty sure your grill is clean from its last use, it never hurts to give it a little extra TLC before you start another cooking session, because grill grates that aren’t clean can cause sticking (and weird flavors). Scrub the hot grate with a wire brush, then brush it with your oil of choice — and grill away! 

2. Heat it up! Don’t turn your grill on and expect to start cooking right away, it needs plenty of time to preheat. The exact amount of time will differ from grill to grill, but for ideal cooking, it should be hot enough that you can’t hold your hand over it for more than two seconds, which usually takes between fifteen and twenty-five minutes. Use the preheat time to remove any meat from the fridge. You’ll get the best results when meat has time to come to room temperature. 

3. Start with salt. No matter what meat you’re grilling or how you’re preparing it, there’s a basic rule number-one when it comes to the BBQ: always season with salt first. A generous dusting of salt will help bring out the flavor of your meat and will keep it juicy while it’s heating. And don’t worry about the flavor — your finished product will only taste salty if you add too much after cooking.

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4. Marinate or season your chicken. The word “marinade” might sound a little fancy, but making one doesn’t have to be difficult. All you need for the perfect flavor on your grilled chicken is a combo of oil (we like avocado oil), acid (lemon or lime juice or vinegar) and spices (dried or fresh) and salt and pepper.

5. Pat steak dry after marinating. You can use a simple marinade for your grilled steaks, as well, but you’ll want to be extra careful to pat red meat dry before putting it over the heat. Marinated, wet red meat won’t get that nice sear on it! 

6. Season burgers. Classic burgers are always a crowd-pleaser, but you can uplevel your patties by adding an extra dash of extra-virgin olive oil. I also love stuffing or seasoning our burgers with a mix of sea salt, garlic, and finely-diced onion. These little additions will keep the fat content of your burger moist and that much more yummy. 

7. Don’t flip steak too frequently. It may make you feel like the queen of the grill to flip that steak every few minutes, but this technique is not going to yield you the best results. Instead, flip your steak only once. Steaks that are one-inch thick should be cooked for three minutes per side on high heat for rare, four minutes on each side for medium rare, and five minutes on each side for medium. 

8. Add veggie! Too often, we forget how delicious grilled vegetables can be in the mix of burgers and steak and chicken and all of the other meats. But if you struggle to squeeze more veggies into your diet, putting some on the BBQ is a great solution! Almost any vegetable can be delicious on the grill with a coating of oil and spices. 

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9. Sauce ribs at the right time. There are few things better than a bite of freshly-grilled and saucy ribs, and few things more off-putting than ribs that taste a little like burnt sugar. This flavor typically comes from sauce that’s put on too early in the cooking process (because — you guessed it! — the sugar can burn). Slap sauce on those ribs in the final thirty minutes on the grill to achieve perfection. 

10. Put salmon on a cedar plank. You can grab cedar planks from any local hardware store, but they’re good for way more than home repair. If you soak one in salted water for about two hours, it becomes the perfect surface for grilling salmon. Put the soaked plank directly on your grill, then set the fish on top. You’ll get a delicious smoky flavor. 

11. Keep things where they are. Once you’ve placed something on the grill, you don’t need to – and shouldn’t! — move it around too much. And don’t worry about sticking. If meat is stuck to the grates, it will typically unstick itself when it’s ready to be moved. 

12. Score your meat. Scoring meat basically means cutting thin slits in its surface before you cook it. As far as I’m concerned, this is a non-negotiable for grilling! When you include scoring as part of your meat prep routine, it helps the meat cook flat and pulls the juices from any delicious marinade you’ve prepared right into its center. More flavor! 

13. Use proper spacing for skewers. Preparing kebabs? Delicious! Did you know that there’s more to skewers than just spearing a few chunks of meat and veggies and hoping for the best? It’s all in the spacing. Meat actually stays juicier during cooking when it’s touching — but not packed too tightly against — whatever’s next to it. Don’t overstuff your skewers, but don’t leave too much space between ingredients, either. 

Grilled Corn 

14. Do corn on the cob right. Does anything taste more summery than corn on the cob, fresh off the grill? I don’t think so! To prepare corn for grilling open up the husks, while keeping them on the corn and remove the silk. Fold the husks back into place and soak the corn for 10 minutes in cold, salty water. Grill with the husks until the kernels are cooked and serve with a bit of grass-fed butter and a sprinkle of sea salt before putting it on the grill for fifteen to twenty minutes. 

15. Give it a rest. Your food is bound to look delicious coming off the grill (especially if you follow all of these tips), but it’s important to resist the urge to start eating it right away. Grilled meat is best served after five to ten minutes of rest. Pour yourself a cocktail or visit with guests while you wait! 

Easy Grilled Vegetables

This article was originally published in partnership with American Express in May 2015, but we’ve updated it and expanded on this topic in June 2019.

15 Tips for Ultimate Summer Grilling

These Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs are the perfect dead-of-winter main dish to cook up on a lazy weekend afternoon! They are marinated in a dry coffee BBQ rub that takes minutes to put together and then cooked low and slow in the oven for completely unattended cooking. They’re Paleo and Keto friendly for perfect melt-in-your-mouth pork ribs.

BBQ ribs

Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs

While we love using the grill to make pork ribs in the summer, these Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs uses a cut of meat that lends itself well to a nice slow and low cook in the oven, which is perfect for those winter months if you live in a cold climate. We make a quick coffee BBQ dry rub to marinate the ribs with, either overnight or to cook immediately and then they are wrapped up and baked in the oven for about 3 hours. These don’t need an accompanying sauce, but we liked serving it with this Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce.

Keto BBQ ribs

How to Remove the Membrane from Pork Ribs

Most pork ribs you buy from the store will have a membrane attached to the back of the bones that does not soften while cooked and can prevent the marinade from penetrating the meat. If you are purchasing your meat from a butcher, or a grocery store with a butcher you can ask to have the membranes removed. But it’s also easy to do by yourself:

  1. Stick a blunt knife underneath the silvery membrane towards the smaller end of the ribs.
  2. Grab a corner of the membranes and pull with a paper towel until it is completely remove. Using a paper towel helps you get a better hold of it, since they are quite slippery.
  3. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and they will come off in one piece. Depending on whether you are using Baby Back Ribs or St. Louis Style ribs the membrane might be thick or thin. The thinner membranes sometimes do not come off in one piece, so you may have to remove it in pieces.

BBQ Ribs in oven

We gave the option to dry marinate these ribs in the refrigerator overnight, which is always preferably because it gives the spices time to absorb into the meat, or you can also ok cook immediately!

We love the moderate cooking time on these baked at 300ºF for about 3 hours. We find it balances nicely a low cooking temperature for tender ribs, without having to take up the entire day cooking at a really low temperature like 200ºF. The lower the cooking temperature the more tender the meat, so for us it’s a happy medium that doesn’t take all day to cook but still produces a really impressive rack of ribs.

Where we get our ribs:

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How to make BBQ ribs

There are so many sides to choose from to serve with these Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs:

Coffee BBQ ribs

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Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs

These Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs are the perfect main dish to cook up on a lazy Sunday afternoon! They are marinated in a dry coffee BBQ rub and then cooked low and slow in the oven for completely unattended cooking time. They're Paleo and Keto friendly for perfect melt-in-your-mouth pork ribs.

Yield 4-6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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  • 3 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown granulated monkfruit
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee (or finely ground whole coffee beans)
  • 2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 racks pork spare ribs , membraned removed (about 5 pounds)


  1. In a small bowl mix together all of the spices.
  2. Rub spice mixture on both sides of the each rack of ribs. You can do this ahead and leave overnight (or up to 24 hours), or make the ribs immediately.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 300ºF.
  4. Create a foil packet to cook the ribs in by laying down a piece of aluminum foil about 6 inches larger than the length of the ribs on each side, and then place a piece of parchment about the same size or smaller on top of that. Place the ribs in the middle, bone side up, and tightly fold the aluminum foil around the ribs to create a sealed packet. Place on a sheet try with a metal baking rack. Use two, if needed.
  5.  Place in the oven  on a middle rack and cook for 3 hours, or until ribs are tender enough to pass a fork easily through them.
  6. Remove from oven and carefully open a hole in the packet to carefully pour any accumulated liquid into a small pot. 
  7. Reduce the liquid until it is just slightly thickened up.
  8. Remove ribs from the packets and turn meat side up and brush with a bit of the reduced liquid.
  9. Cut and serve with barbecue sauce (totally optionally, as there is already a lot of flavor here) and sides.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you want to leave out the coffee component because you are serving to kids or don't tolerate caffeine simply swap with decaf or omit it altogether, it will still have a lot of flavor.


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Oven Baked Coffee Barbecue Pork Ribs (Keto & Paleo)

This Grilled Caesar With Blackened Shrimp is the perfect meal to impress with this Summer. Smoky and flavorful shrimp, perfectly grilled romaine lettuce, and fresh tomatoes drizzled with my go-to dairy-free caesar salad dressing. I cannot wait to make this again and again! The blackened shrimp is amazing on absolutely everything!

Grilled Caesar Salad With Blackened Shrimp (Grain-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I have been wanting to make a grilled caesar salad for awhile now and am so excited how this one turned out! It will definitely be a Summer staple. If you have yet to try grilled romaine lettuce, this is definitely a must-try!

Grilled Caesar Salad With Blackened Shrimp (Grain-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

The perfect blackened shrimp rub (that would be great for chicken, too)!

Grilled Caesar Salad With Blackened Shrimp (Grain-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This salad is packed with:

Juicy blackened shrimp

Grilled romaine lettuce

Fresh cherry tomatoes

The perfect dairy-free creamy caesar dressing!

Top it with a squeeze of lemon for the ultimate summer salad!

Grilled Caesar Salad With Blackened Shrimp (Grain-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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Grilled Caesar With Blackened Shrimp

Yield 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Author: Lexi
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    Blackened Shrimp Seasoning

    Other Salad Ingredients

    Caesar Dressing from page 320 of the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook


    1. In a high-speed blender combine all caesar salad ingredients. Pulse once or twice just until blended. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired and set aside.
    2. Mix blackened shrimp seasoning in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
    3. Pat shrimp dry and dredge in the blackened shrimp seasoning. Place on skewers and brush generously with extra virgin olive oil. Grill shrimp until opaque and fully cooked through, about 5-6 minutes turning to char on each side.
    4. Drizzle romaine lettuce with extra virgin olive oil. Place lettuce, cut side-down, on the grill. Grill until slightly wilted and charred, about 5 minutes.
    5. Place grilled shrimp, lettuce, and the rest of the salad ingredients on a serving platter of choice.
    6. Top salad with a drizzle of caesar dressing and parmesan cheese if using. Serve warm with more caesar dressing on the side and lemon slices.


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    Grilled Caesar Salad With Blackened Shrimp

    BBQ season is finally here and we cannot wait to start making all of our favorite BBQ spreads! Here are 30 healthy and delicious recipes that are perfect for Summer entertaining!

    30 BBQ RECIPES | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Mexican Street Corn Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Vegetarian, dairy-free if you omit the cheese, gluten-free)

    Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Scampi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, egg-free)

    Grilled Chicken Chopped Antipasto Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and nut-free)

    Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

    Morrocan Chicken Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, grain-free, dairy-free)

    Steak Salad with Cherry Salsa from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

    Cold Asian Noodle Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

    Grilled Fish Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

    DIY Rub Grilled Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

    Caprese Pesto Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, egg-free, no added sugar)

    Asian Grilled Artichokes from PaleOMG (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free,

    Grilled Peach Salad from Tasty Yummies (Grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, vegan-friendly)

    Yellow Watermelon Salad from With Food and Love (no sugar added, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, can substitute red watermelon for the yellow)

    Lemon Parsley Grilled Zucchini from Against All Grain (Vegan-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free)

    Blissful Triple Berry Wine Slushies from Cotter Crunch (Can substitute frozen tart cherries and 1/4 cup water for the juice! Grain-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free)

    Grilled Melon on Cucumber Noodles from Gourmande in the Kitchen (Omit the goat cheese to make this dairy-free and paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and low-carb)

    Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant from Minimalist Baker (paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, 30 minutes or less)

    Red, White, and Blue Potato Skewers from Fit Foodie Finds (Vegan-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free)

    Grilled Tomatoes and Basil Zucchini from Inspiralized

    Watermelon Coconut Cooler from Nom Nom Paleo (vegan-friendly, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

    Grain-free Blueberry Crisp from Detoxinista (paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and egg-free)

    No Your Mama’s Coleslaw from Smitten Kitchen (Omit the optional blue cheese to make this paleo-friendly and diary-free, gluten-free, egg free, nut-free, and vegetarian)

    Paleo Grilled Beef Stir Fry from Fit Foodie Finds (gluten-free, grain-free, egg free)

    Killed Lettuce from Brooklyn Supper (Dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, egg-free, nut-free)

    Corn and Peach Salad from Sweet Peas and Saffron (Omit the gouda to make this dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free)

    Fajita Chicken Kebabs from Well Plated (Grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and nut free. Substitute the canola oil for avocado oil)

    Purple Power Salad from My New Roots (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free)

    Grilled Peaches and Coconut Cream from Super Healthy Kids

    Watermelon Sashimi from Minimalist Baker

    Zucchini Noodle Spaghetti Salad from Eating Bird Food

    Happy Cooking!

    30 Clean Eating Recipes To Bring to Your BBQ

    Chili Mango Wings | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    These Chicken Wings with Mango-Chili Sauce are a delicious addition to any Summer BBQ! The Mango-Chili sauce is so tasty with a hint of smoky flavor, and compliments the wings perfectly! Throw them on the grill or in the oven for a perfect appetizer or main any night of the week. These wings are made in partnership with the National Mango Board.

    Chicken Wings with Mango Chili Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I am so excited to partner with my friends at the National Mango Board to bring you today’s recipe!

    Chicken Wings with Mango Chili Sauce - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Mangos are a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and fiber and are a great lower calorie snack at 100 calories a cup! Plus, they are SO flavorful, juicy, and delicious!

    These wings lasted about 2 hours in my house. Marinated to perfection with just the right amount of smoky heat, we could not get enough!

    Chicken Wings with Mango Chili Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I am always on the lookout for flavorful recipes to make for Summer gatherings with friends and family and these wings will definitely be a hit! Blend the sauce, marinate the wings, toss on the grill and devour! The perfect combination of sweet and smoky with just the right amount of spice!


    Chicken Wings with Mango Chili Sauce | Lexi's Clean Kitchen


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    Chicken Wings with Mango-Chili Sauce

    Yield 6
    Prep Time 45 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 55 minutes

    Author: Lexi
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      Mango-Chili Sauce

      Other Ingredients

      • 2 pounds chicken wings (about 24), wingtips removed, or drumettes rinsed and patted dry
      • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
      • Chopped scallions, for garnish


      1. Place all of the mango-chili sauce ingredients, except for the chili paste, into a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth. Stir in the chili paste and taste. Adjust seasoning as desired.
      2. Place chicken wings in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Coat with 1/2 cup of mango-chili sauce, set the rest of the sauce aside for later. Sprinkle wings with sesame seeds and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
      3. Grease a grill or grill pan. Grill the wings for about 5 minutes on each side, or until opaque and fully cooked through.
      4. While wings cook, place reserved sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add a few teaspoons of water until the desired consistency is reached. If the sauce is too thin, continue to cook until thick.
      5. Toss chicken wings in 1/4 cup of sauce (or brush sauce on them) and place on a serving platter.
      6. Garnish with chopped scallions and diced mangoes, and serve with remaining mango-chili sauce on the side for dipping!

      Recipe Notes

      How to cut a mango: Slice off the sides of the fruit, avoiding the large seed in the center. Once you have these two sides, you can get to the flesh and slice or dice as needed. Then simply scoop it out of the skin.


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      This post in sponsored by the National Mango Board. All opinions are 100% always my own! Check out the National Mango Board’s tutorials on How to Cut a Mango and Selecting and Storing a Mango! They are both great tools for all your mango needs.

      Chicken Wings with Mango-Chili Sauce

      This DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub is the perfect gift to throw together for the griller in your family! Make a small or large batch, place the mix in a cute jar, and add it to a basket with BBQ tools for an awesome holiday gift this season! 

      DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub

      DIY Gift Week Day 2!

      Yesterday I shared the Espresso Candied Pecans, and today is the Best Ever Grilled Chicken rub from my cookbook! It is a staple. In fact, it’s the only grilled chicken I make! It’s flavorful and delicious. You can easily make a big batch and send it along with some grilling gear to the grill master in the family. I know I’d like that gift! 

      DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub

      Throw together a little basket with the spice mix, these grilling tools, and maybe even a gift card to the local market or his/her favorite butcher! 

      What You’ll Need:

      Mini Jars (any will do- adjust sizes based on quantity you are giving)

      Printable Labels (these have all the info filled in for your grilling gift)

      BBQ Tools (these would make a great gift!)


      Card Stock (White) Card Stock (Brown)

      DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub

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      DIY Best Ever Chicken RubDownload your printable spice rub labels HERE.

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      Best Ever Grilled Chicken Rub

      Prep Time 5 min

      Total Time 5 minutes

      Author: Lexi
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    • Place all spices into your jar.
    • Recipe Notes

      1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
      2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
      3. About ¼ cup wet rub [enough for 1 to 1½ pounds boneless chicken


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      DIY Best Ever Chicken Rub

      Happy Memorial Day! If you are outside BBQing today, these Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktails are a must. They are refreshing, tasty, and lightened up from your average cocktail! 

      Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktail

       Melon, ginger, and fresh mint for the flavor combination win! 

      It’s smooth, high-quality, and naturally gluten-free made with 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat! So if you’re super sensitive to cross-contamination, it’s best to stick with products that are made with naturally gluten-free ingredients, like Stoli Gluten Free. you’re in luck. 

      Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktail

      Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktail

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      Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktail

      This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stoli. The opinions and text are all mine.

      Enjoy the day!

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      Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktail

      Yields 1
      Prep Time 7 min

      Total Time 7 minutes

      Author: Lexi
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      • 1 1/2 ounces Stoli gluten-free vodka
      • 1 teaspoon honey, more as desired
      • 3 ounces cantaloupe puree
      • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
      • 1 teaspoon lime juice
      • Optional: fresh mint leaves, additional for garnish
      • Cantaloupe, balled, for garnish
      • Ice cubes


    • For the Puree: Cut the cantaloupe into chunks and blend in a high-speed blender or food processor for 30 seconds until completely smooth. Depending on the size of your cantaloupe, this will yield about 16 ounces of puree.
    • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, add vodka and honey and stir well until honey is mostly dissolved. Add cantaloupe puree, ginger, lime juice, and mint, if adding. Muddle the mint with the back of a wooden spoon. Shake vigorously then strain and pour into a chilled glass.
    • Garnish with sprigs of mint and melon balls if desired.
    • Recipe Notes

    • Add more honey as desired. Make sure to really stir it in to get it to combine into the drink. Maple syrup will work well here, too.

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      Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktails

      Here’s my new routine:

      1. Make extra burgers at our weekend BBQ.  

      2. The following day, chop up a big head of fresh lettuce (have I mentioned I love our CSA?) and place it in a dish.

      3. Place the burger on top, along with all of our FAVORITE burger toppings and more leftovers.

      4. Mix up my mustard dressing and boom- awesome lunch.

      For this week’s Healthy Food Friday with American Express, let’s break down the BURGER SALAD, because burgers + salad + all the topping = perfection.

      Leftover Burger Salad

      Easy breez-y.


      Perfect meal. Leftover Burger SaladLeftover Burger SaladLeftover Burger Salad

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      Burger Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

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      Author: Lexi
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      • 2 cups fresh lettuce, chopped
      • 2-4 cooked burgers*
      • 1 tomato, sliced
      • 4 strips bacon
      • 2 soft-boiled eggs**
      • 1 poblano pepper, roasted
      • Any other toppings of choice: onion, avocado, grated cheddar, leftover sweet potato fries, jalapeños, guacamole, etc.

      For the Dressing


    • Place lettuce in a large bowl
    • Add desired toppings including your leftover burgers (heated)
    • In a small bowl whisk together dressing ingredients
    • Pour over salad and serve
    • Recipe Notes

    • *If you're looking for a burger recipe, click  HERE
    • **To make the best eggs, click HERE to find my tip!

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      Burger Salad with Mustard Dressing

      If you follow me on Instagram you’ve likely seen the ribs we’ve been devouring all week. When my local Whole Foods had grass-fed ribs in stock I got way too excited and bought ALL OF THE RIBS. I was going back and forth with how I wanted to make them, and with a busy few days I decided to whip out my slow-cooker. Because set it and forget it is one of the best sayings ever.

       Also, have you made my Homemade BBQ Sauce yet? It is SO easy and free of all the junk those store-bought sauces contain. Do it, trust me.

      Slow Cooker Ribs

      These ribs are tender, flavorful, meat-y, and deeeeeelicious.

      Finger-Lickin’ good.

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      Slow Cooker RibsSlow Cooker RibsSlow Cooker RibsWhat type of slow-cooker recipes are you looking for? Dinners? Soups? Comment below!

      Slow-Cooker Ribs

      When I think of wings I naturally think of the fried and unhealthy variation from my good ‘ol college days, but that doesn’t always have to be the case! These Dry-Rub Grilled Wings are healthy, flavorful, and so simple to make! A perfect crowd pleaser for any occasion!

      dry rubbed grilled wings

      Father’s Day weekend = BBQ, BBQ, BBQ!

      This week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express, let’s transform this wing party into a guilt-free one! These wings are flavor-packed and grilled to perfection. Plus, they are easy breezy! Perfect for anyone on grill duty this weekend.

      dry rubbed grilled wings

      Not much better than a bucket ‘o wings!

      dry rubbed grilled wings

      Like this wing recipe? Try these:

      Want more football recipes? Try these: 

      dry rubbed grilled wings

      Watch the video here:

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      Dry-Rub Grilled Wings

      Yield 4
      Prep Time 20 min
      Cook Time 15 min
      Total Time 35 minutes

      Author: Lexi
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      Sriracha Mayo


      1. Place wings in a plastic bag and add in oil, garlic, and spices. Toss to combine.
      2. Let marinade for 30 minutes up to overnight.
      3. Preheat grill to medium heat. Grease grill and place wings on.
      4. Let cook for 7 minutes then flip for a remaining 7, until no pink remains.
      5. Serve with sriracha mayo or desired dipping sauce!

      Recipe Notes

      *Bake these instead: Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes. Using tongs, flip wings and bake for another 10 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes to get the wings extra crispy. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve warm with dipping sauce!


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      Dry-Rub Grilled Wings [VIDEO]

      A refreshing Watermelon Salad made with a unique basil and ginger dressing that is bound to be the hit of the BBQ table spread. It’s simple to make, and optionally dairy-free.

      Watermelon salad with sliced onions and nutsRefreshing Watermelon Salad

      This watermelon salad is packed with the perfect warm weather flavors: Sweet watermelon drizzled with delicious olive oil, garnished with toasted almonds, mint, sliced red onion, and a sweet basil and ginger dressing. This will be a BBQ hit all summer long.

      Taking less than 15 minutes to make, this is the best warm weather salad and the perfect combination of sweet and savory.


      A dish of easy watermelon salad.Watermelon Salad Ingredients

      How to Pick a Ripe Watermelon

      It can be tricky to tell when the watermelon is ripe! For the best tasting watermelon, buy it locally at a farmer’s market. The farmers always know when the watermelons are ripe, and those are the ones they are bringing to market. If you can’t find one locally, pick up the watermelon. It should feel heavy for it’s size, which indicated a lot of moisture. Give it a good whack, it should sound hollow inside. And finally, look for one with a creamy yellow splotch on it. This is the spot where it was laying on the field, indicating it’s ripeness.

      How Long Will Watermelon Salad Keep?

      This salad is best served immediately. If you are preparing ahead of time, omit the herbs and the dressing until just ready to serve.

      A serving of watermelon salad.

      If you like this summer salad, check out these others:

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      Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

      Prep Time 15 min

      Total Time 15 minutes

      Author: Lexi
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      • 1 medium watermelon
      • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
      • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
      • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
      • Dash fine pink sea salt
      • 1-2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
      • Optional: 1/3 cup feta cheese (leave out for dairy-free & vegan)
      • Optional: 4 strips crispy bacon, chopped

      Basil-Ginger Dressing

      • 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey
      • 1 tbsp water
      • 1 tsp grated ginger
      • 2 tbsp fresh basil


    • In a bowl place cubed watermelon
    • Drizzle olive oil and sea salt over it
    • In a skillet over medium heat, toast almonds
    • Cook bacon using your desired method
    • Assemble the salad by adding your sliced onion, bacon, feta, almonds, and mint leaves
    • In a blender, blend dressing ingredients until smooth and drizzle over salad
    • Serve immediately
    • Recipe Notes

    • Serving size will depend on the size of your watermelon

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      Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

      This Pumpkin BBQ Sauce is a little twist on a classic bbq flavor with a hint of pumpkin spice! This super simple sauce contains no refined sugars, is paleo friendly and takes under 20 minutes to put together! It’s easy, and the perfect condiment to spice up your fall bbq.Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

      Homemade BBQ Sauce is surprisingly easy to make once you have the right formula! We love this sauce because it’s so simple to make and is a great sauce for so many dishes! For this recipe all you need to do is add all of your ingredients to a pot and simmer away!

      This BBQ Sauce would be perfect on:

      Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

      If you like this barbecue recipe, check out these others:

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      Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

      Since we moved into our home in June, and now have a porch with a nice grill on it, you can bet I’ll be out there grilling as long as I can. I’ll likely get a heat lamp to extend the season, that’s for sure. I love all burgers, but especially Salmon burgers. They are packed with nutrients, and you can customize the flavors in totally different ways. Since my trip to the Muir Glen Farms I am even more into tomatoes then before, and these burgers give just a touch of that delicious flavor.

      Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

      These burgers have just the right amount of flavor. They are bursting with scallions, jalapeños, and fresh garlic- and go fantastic with some homemade guacamole and fixins’, if you ask me!

      Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

      Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers


      Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes. I was compensated  for the time spent developing this recipe. All opinions expressed on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen are always my own. My sponsors help make this blog possible!

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      Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

      Yields 4
      Prep Time 8 min
      Cook Time 10 min
      Total Time 18 minutes

      Author: Lexi
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      Toppings of choice

      • Homemade guacamole
      • Roasted red peppers
      • Lettuce
      • Tomato
      • Onion
      • Scallions


      Recipe Notes

      1. *Cooking time will vary based on thickness of burgers
      2. The addition of sun dried tomatoes in these burgers would be fantastic


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      Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

      My day generally goes as follows (in terms of beverages) water with lemon, coffee, water all throughout the day and evening (an occasional martini or glass of wine), and possibly a second cup of coffee.  See, I generally don’t opt for a lemonade, a juice, and definitely no sodas around here. Usually it’s just water. Every so often during a hot summer day I crave a refreshing drink that has a little something sweet.

      Making time to relax, read, and focus on my mind and body is something I am focusing on this Summer. Relaxation, sleep, and removing stress is just as big of a part of a healthy lifestyle as is eating clean and working out. So, whip up a batch of this refreshing Strawberry Lemonade with Mint and make some time for YOU today. 

      Strawberry Lemonade with MintStrawberry Lemonade with Mint

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      How do you make time to relax?  What is your favorite thing to do that completely clears your mind?

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      Strawberry Lemonade with Mint

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      Author: Lexi
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      • 1 cup fresh organic strawberries
      • 2 tbsp raw honey, more as desired
      • 4 cups water
      • 3-4 large lemons, juiced
      • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
      • Ice


    • 1. In a high-speed blender, blend strawberries and raw honey until smooth
    • 2. In a pitcher combine water, lemon, and ice
    • 3. Pour in blended strawberries, add in mint; muddle/mix until combined
    • 4. Taste and adjust flavoring as needed (i.e. add additional lemon, mint, or honey)
    • Recipe Notes

    • A little vodka would be a great addition to this! My favorite gluten-free vodkas are Tito's and Ciroq.

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      Pulled Pork {Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

      This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is the ultimate pulled pork recipe! Tender and flavorful pulled pork cooked in a homemade sweet and smoky refined sugar free BBQ sauce… doesn’t get much better than that! Summer BBQ perfection.

      Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

      Ah, the beloved slow cooker. So convenient, so simple, and always delivering delicious meals! I have been wanting to make pulled pork since I purchased my slow cooker months ago (late, I know). After tons of recipe research, I have developed a recipe that is both spicy & sweet, tender, and very simple. The house smelled amazing while this was cooking. Eat it simply in a dish (I like it with some grilled pineapple), in a sandwich, for taco night, or even in quesadillas, the options are endless!

      Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

      Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen


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      Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

      Yield 6
      Prep Time 30 minutes
      Cook Time 8 hours and 30 minutes
      Total Time 30 minutes

      Author: Lexi
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      • 2 lbs. organic pork shoulder roast or pork butt

      Meat Rub

      Homemade BBQ Sauce


      1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Let simmer uncovered, mixing occasionally, for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
      2. While sauce is simmering, combine meat rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pat meat dry and slice it into three medium pieces. Generously rub the meat with the spice mix, making sure every area is well covered.
      3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and add 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Once the oil is hot, sear meat for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until brown. Place the meat in the crock pot.
      4. Once the BBQ sauce is ready, take it off heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth.
      5. Pour BBQ sauce over the meat in the slow cooker and make sure the meat is generously covered.
      6. Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook on low heat for 8 hours.
      7. Remove the meat and place it on a cutting board. Let cool for a few minutes. When cool, using 2 forks shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.
      8. Serve warm!

      Recipe Notes

      *We like serving this with a slice of bibb lettuce, red cabbage slaw, and chives.


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