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Slow Cooker BBQ Drumsticks

Tender and flavorful, these slow cooker BBQ drumsticks are perfect for any gathering. Juicy chicken cooked low and slow in a tangy and smoky sauce, finger-licking goodness awaits!

Slow Cooker BBQ Drumsticks

I think every home chef should own a crockpot. Slow cooking is an excellent way to save yourself time and energy.

It is also a fabulous tool for meal prepping. With a few simple ingredients and minimal effort, I have a delicious meal to serve all my boys at the end of a busy day.

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I can throw together several freezer bags full of recipe ingredients at once and store them in the deep freeze until I want a quick dinner. Then I just dump everything into the slow cooker in the morning, set it, and get on with my day.

Slow cooker BBQ drumsticks

By the time we are ready to eat that evening, a whole meal is ready and waiting. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Check out this crockpot freezer meals post for more tips & tricks and some of our favorite recipes.

Slow cooker BBQ drumsticks

Because I love slow cooking so much, I am always looking for more delicious recipes to make that way, hence this yummy chicken recipe. Serve up these crockpot BBQ chicken drumsticks with mashed potatoes and a side salad for the perfect dinner the whole family will love.

Slow cooker BBQ drumsticks

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Supplies

Recipe Notes

Prep: 5 min

Cook: 4 hrs on HIGH or 8 hrs on LOW

Total: 4 hr 10 mins

Serving: 6 drumsticks

slow cooker drumstick ingredients

Ingredients

Here are a few of the basic grocery store staples that you will need to get started with this easy recipe.

  • Chicken legs – our local grocery often had chicken drumsticks on sale.
  • BBQ sauce – we like to use this delicious homemade barbecue sauce whenever possible.
  • Seasoning salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
drumstick legs in dry rub

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all the seasonings together.

2. Season all of the chicken and rub the spice rub into each piece.

chicken legs in crockpot with bbq sauce

3. Place chicken into the crockpot and brush it with BBQ sauce.

drumsticks in bbq sauce

4. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Legs

5. Remove and brush with more BBQ sauce.

6. Serve and enjoy!

slow cooker bbq drumsticks

Recipe Notes

For a stickier, crispier piece of chicken, place the fully cooked chicken in a single layer onto a rimmed baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Place the pan under the broiler for 5 min.

slow cooker bbq drumsticks

Tips & Tricks

  • You can make this easy recipe with chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken wings too.
  • While you can use your family’s favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe, I highly recommend trying our homemade BBQ sauce.
  • If you are using a longer cook time, add ¼ cup water to the slow cooker to ensure that the drumsticks do not burn.
  • The best way to be sure that your meat is fully cooked is to check the internal temperature using an instant-read thermometer.
  • Store any leftover chicken legs in the fridge, in an airtight container.
  • This chicken drumstick recipe is a great option for make-ahead meal prep. Simply toss all of the ingredients into a large freezer bag, seal, and mix everything together, making sure the meat is well coated. This meal can be frozen for up to 3 months.
slow cooker bbq drumsticks

The next time you want a simple recipe for a busy weeknight dinner, I hope you give these slow cooker BBQ chicken legs a try.

If you want even more slow cooker recipes the entire family will enjoy, try this crockpot salsa chicken, crockpot lasagna soup, or this crockpot sausage pesto penne.

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Recipe

Slow Cooker BBQ Drumsticks

Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Tender and flavorful these slow cooker BBQ drumsticks are perfect for any gathering. Juicy chicken cooked low and slow in a tangy and smoky sauce, finger-licking goodness awaits!

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken legs
  • 1 tsp season salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

1. In a small bowl, combine all the seasonings together.

2. Season all of the chicken and rub the spice rub into each piece.

3. Place chicken into the crockpot and brush it with BBQ sauce.

4. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

5. Remove and brush with more BBQ sauce.

6. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 759Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 491mgSodium: 1211mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 93g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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