This recipe is from Southern Living Magazine and it is the best way to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker! I used Dr. Pepper instead of cola and whiskey instead of bourbon because that is what I had in my cupboard.
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-3 to 4 lb. cut-up whole chicken
1/2 cup cola
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons bourbon
1 lemon, sliced
Nest chicken parts into slow cooker. Stir together first four ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over chicken.
Whisk together cola soft drink and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Slowly pour between chicken pieces (to avoid removing spices from chicken.) Place lemon slices in a single layer on top of chicken.
Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours (or on low 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours) or until done.
Transfer chicken pieces to a serving platter, discard lemon slices. Skim the fat off the sauces in the slow-cooker and discard. Pour pan juices over chicken and serve.