Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Make juicy, sweet and tangy chicken in your crockpot with this easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe!

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Make juicy, sweet and tangy chicken in your crockpot with this easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe!

Do you ever have those meals and you’re like “DANG. Why am I not eating this every week???”

That was today’s Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken. I’ve had this recipe for years (at least 15-20 years). However, we’ve always used it on small chicken wings, as an appetizer. Very delicious.

Last week, as I was taking inventory of my freezer, I saw a huge package of chicken drumsticks. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, and then thought back to that BBQ chicken wing appetizer we eat every holiday. Why not try it??

Make juicy, sweet and tangy chicken in your crockpot with this easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe!

Here’s the thing you guys…this is the perfect meal if you’re having company. You cook the chicken under the broiler before placing in the crockpot, so it’s fully cooked. Toss all the chicken legs in the crockpot and pour the sauce over. You can either cook them on high for two hours, or on low for 4 hours. Any longer than that and you’ll have chicken falling off the bone in the slow cooker! However, with my Ninja Slow Cooker, there is a buffet setting, so once it’s done cooking you can keep it warm.

As a food blogger, there are times I make our dinner and it’s ready at noon (so I can get photos under the best lighting of the day). With today’s recipe, it was ready at 1pm, and I turned it on warm until dinner (5pm) and it was perfect…still moist and juicy! Man I love my Ninja!

But, back to the recipe.

Our grill ignitor broke some time over the summer and I’m such a baby when it comes to igniting it with a match or lighter. That “WHOOSH” scares me, haha! This recipe is perfect, even for the middle of winter when your grill is covered in ice and snow but you’re craving BBQ chicken! Use your broiler to cook the chicken, then toss it all in the crockpot for dinner!

Make juicy, sweet and tangy chicken in your crockpot with this easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Yield: 2-3 lb drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 24 minutes broil, 2 hours on high crockpot

Make juicy, sweet and tangy chicken in your crockpot with this easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs of chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups Sweet Baby Rays original BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp worchestershire sauce
  • tabasco sauce, optional

Directions:

  1. Place chicken on broiler pan and sprinkle chicken generously with salt and pepper, on both sides.
  2. Broil 4-5 inches from heat for 24 minutes (12 minutes on each side) until browned and fully cooked.
  3. Transfer to crockpot.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the bbq sauce, honey, mustard, worchestershire sauce and a couple shakes of tabasco. Stir until blended and pour over chicken.
  5. Cover crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours, or low for 4 hours. Serve and enjoy!

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Make juicy, sweet and tangy chicken in your crockpot with this easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe!

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14 comments on “Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken”

  1. Manually lighting gas fueled things make me a little nervous also, so that’s a great idea! This chicken looks fantastic!

  2. I am going to have to take a look at that Ninja Slow cooker. My slow cooker just died 🙁 And I love meals like this!

  3. You can’t go wrong with BBQ chicken especially when it’s as easy as sticking it in that Ninja slow cooker! It looks so juicy and I’m glad you coated it with plenty of barbecue sauce!

  4. I love easy recipes like this! I know this chicken would be a hit at our house!

  5. My slow cooker is one of my all time favorite appliances! My family loves bbq chicken, so can’t wait to try this – it looks wonderful!

  6. I love my Ninja, too, and am always looking for new ways to use it. These look perfect!!

  7. Marcia McCracken

    I  am and interested in and looked at Amazon for the Ninja and saw 2 or 3 different  models.  Which would you recommend?

  8. What i really like about using slow cooker is that the chicken can really absorb the flavor.

  9. cherie

    Confused – we’re broiling it till fully cooked and THEN putting it in the cp on high? Doesn’t that result in it literally falling apart?

  10. Terri

    Do you follow the recipe the same if you use chicken wings instead of the drumsticks?

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