BBQ Slow Cooker Drumsticks

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 hours
Total: 5 hours 5 minutes

BBQ Slow Cooker Drumsticks are a delicious and easy recipe to impress your friends and family at your next gathering! This mouth-watering dish is perfect for those who love the smoky flavor of traditional barbecue but don’t have access to a grill or smoker.

Two BBQ slow cooker drumsticks on top of some mashed potatoes.

BBQ Slow Cooker Drumsticks are the perfect way to enjoy a delicious meal in the warm weather. Slow cooking is an easy and convenient way to make tender, juicy chicken that falls off the bone. Plus, it allows you to spend more time enjoying the company of family and friends while your meal cooks itself.

If you’re looking for more BBQ-flavored recipes, try these BBQ Country Style Beef Ribs, Grilled BBQ Salmon, and Bulgogi Korean BBQ.

Slow Cooker drumsticks on a black plate.

Why We Love This BBQ Crockpot Drumsticks Recipe

Our BBQ Crockpot Drumsticks recipe embodies everything we love about cooking; simplicity, deliciousness, and the joy of sharing a meal with loved ones. Whether you’re seeking a hassle-free weeknight dinner or planning a backyard gathering, this recipe will satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more.

  • Easy Ingredients: With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can create a finger-licking BBQ meal that will impress your loved ones. No complicated or hard-to-find ingredients here!
  • Family Friendly: This recipe is a hit with both kids and adults. The tender and juicy chicken, coated in a delectable BBQ sauce, will have everyone asking for seconds. It is such an easy chicken dinner recipe.
  • Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Makes Great Leftovers: If you have any leftover chicken, you can repurpose them in many creative ways. Slice the meat off the bone and add it to sandwiches, salads, or wraps for a quick and satisfying meal. You will love this recipe.

Ingredient Notes for Chicken Drumstick Recipe

Chicken legs, water and sauce.
  • Chicken Legs: The star of this recipe, chicken legs offer juicy meat that remains tender when slow-cooked. You can also make this recipe using chicken thighs or different chicken parts based on your preference.
  • BBQ Rub: Enhance the flavor of cooked chicken drumsticks by applying a homemade or store-bought BBQ rub. The smoky and savory blend of spices adds depth and complexity to the dish.
  • BBQ Sauce: Choose your favorite BBQ sauce to coat the drumsticks. Whether you prefer a tangy, sweet, or spicy flavor, the sauce will infuse the meat with a rich and succulent taste.

See my recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

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Variations and Substitutions for Crockpot Chicken Leg

We believe in the power of customization when it comes to cooking, and our BBQ chicken legs in the crock pot recipe offer plenty of opportunities for you to put your own spin on it. Slow cooker recipes are so easy.

  • Different Chicken Parts: If you’re not a fan of drumsticks, feel free to use chicken thighs, wings, or chicken breasts. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Variety of Sauce Flavors: Experiment with different BBQ sauce flavors to cater to your preferences. Whether it’s a smoky mesquite, tangy Carolina-style, or a spicy chipotle sauce, the choice is yours for this crockpot bbq chicken recipe. Make homemade BBQ sauce if you prefer for these BBQ drumsticks.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Drumstick Recipe

These are the basic steps for making crock pot chicken drumsticks. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Stacking the drumsticks in the slow cooker and applying the sauce.

Step 1: Prepare Chicken for the Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Add the chicken legs to the crockpot and make sure they are spread out in an even layer. Sprinkle the seasoning over the chicken and then pour the BBQ sauce in.

Step 2: Toss Chicken and Add Water

Use tongs to toss the chicken, making sure it is fully coated in the seasonings and barbecue sauce. Add water to the bottom of your crock pot.

Step 3: Cover and Cook the Chicken

You can cook on low power for 5-6 hours or you can cook on high for 2-3 hours. Remove the chicken drumsticks and enjoy. To make a crispy skin, place the chicken on a baking sheet and place it under the broiler if you wish.

Cooking the drumsticks in the slow cooker and finishing them.

Recipe FAQs to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Drumstick Recipe

While it’s best to use thawed chicken legs for this recipe, you can use frozen ones as well. Just make sure to increase the cooking time to ensure they are fully cooked.

The best sauce is the one you enjoy the most! Choose a BBQ sauce that aligns with your taste buds and complements the flavors of the dish. We recommend using our homemade chipotle BBQ sauce.

Of course! While our recipe is designed for a crockpot, you can grill them for a delicious outdoor barbecue experience. Simply preheat your grill to medium high heat and place the marinated drumsticks directly on the grates. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and nicely charred.

You can store these BBQ Slow Cooker Drumsticks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Let the chicken cool completely before transferring to a container.

A finished meal with fresh herbs on the side.

Expert Tips for Making This Slow Cooker Chicken Legs Recipe

By following these recommendations, you’ll ensure that your drumsticks turn out perfectly cooked, flavorful, and tender every time. From achieving ideal doneness to marinating for maximum flavor infusion, these tips will elevate your cooking game and make your tender chicken legs recipe truly exceptional.

  • Should I Precook the Chicken?: There’s no need to precook the drumsticks before adding them to the crockpot. They will cook perfectly and become tender during the slow-cooking process.
  • Meat Thermometer: To ensure perfectly cooked drumsticks, we recommend using a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the drumstick and check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Marinade Chicken: For even more flavor and tenderness, marinate the chicken for about 2 hours before cooking. Place the drumsticks in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish and pour the BBQ sauce and seasonings over them.

What to Serve with BBQ Slow Cooker Drumsticks

Two BBQ slow cooker drumsticks on top of some mashed potatoes.
5 from 1 vote

BBQ Slow Cooker Drumsticks

Yield: 12 pieces
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 hours
Total: 5 hours 5 minutes
BBQ Slow Cooker Drumsticks are a delicious and easy recipe to impress your friends and family at your next gathering ! This mouth-watering dish is perfect for those who love the smoky flavor of traditional barbecue but don’t have access to a grill or smoker.
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds Chicken legs
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Rotisserie seasoning, or BBQ seasoning of choice
  • ½ cup Water

Instructions

  • Arrange the chicken legs evenly in your slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the rotisserie seasoning onto the chicken and turn it over with either tongs or your hands until it is completely coated.
  • Evenly distribute the BBQ sauce over the chicken legs and ensure that the chicken legs are completely coated by using either tongs or your hands.
  • Place 1/2 cup of water at the bottom of the crockpot.
  • You can either cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours in the crockpot.

Expert Tips

  • Should I Precook the Chicken?: There’s no need to precook the drumsticks before adding them to the crockpot. They will cook perfectly and become tender during the slow-cooking process.
  • Meat Thermometer: To ensure perfectly cooked drumsticks, we recommend using a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the drumstick and check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Marinade Chicken: For even more flavor and tenderness, marinate the chicken for about 2 hours before cooking. Place the drumsticks in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish and pour the BBQ sauce and seasonings over them.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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