Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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Crock pot BBQ chicken drumsticks are tender, juicy, and meaty. They’re loaded with the tangy, sweet flavor of BBQ sauce and make a great weeknight dinner or addition to any potluck.

Closeup shot of crock pot bbq chicken drumsticks on plate

If you love easy and delicious, this is the recipe for you. First, we take meaty drumsticks and combine them with BBQ sauce, honey, garlic, and paprika. Then we slow cook them until they’re tender and juicy.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

I love easy recipes, but I don’t want to sacrifice flavor for convenience. That’s why I love these drumsticks. They’re super easy to make and loaded with flavor.

Closeup shot of hand holding crock pot BBQ chicken drumstick over more drumsticks

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients for this recipe. They’re all readily available at your local grocery store.

  • chicken drumsticks
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • BBQ sauce
  • honey
  • garlic
Overhead shot of ingredients in individual bowls on table

Instructions

Making this recipe only takes a few simple steps. It’s super easy!

Step 1: Place drumsticks, paprika, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir until drumsticks are coated with seasonings.

Overhead shot of seasoned drumsticks

Step 2: Place seasoned drumsticks in your greased crock pot.

Overehead shot of drumsticks in crock pot

Step 3: Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours until the chicken’s internal temperature reaches 165ºF.

Overhead shot of cooked drumsticks in crock pot

Step 4: Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil.

Step 5: Remove drumsticks from the crock pot and place them on a baking rack on the baking sheet.

Closeup shot of chicken drumsticks on rack

Step 6: Broil at 550ºF for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Chicken will begin to brown.

Step 7: Prepare honey BBQ sauce in a small bowl by mixing BBQ sauce, honey, and garlic together.

Honey being poured into mixing bowl with bbq sauce and brown sugar

Step 8: Remove chicken from the oven and brush BBQ sauce over them.

Overhead shot of bbq sauce being brushed onto chicken drumsticks

Step 9: Broil again for 3 minutes. Flip them and brush the other side. Broil for an additional 3 minutes. Dark spots will form, but be sure not to overcook and burn them.

Closeup overhead shot of cooked crock pot bbq chicken drumnsticks on rack

Step 10: Brush with more BBQ if you choose and serve.

Closeup shot of tongs holding a crock pot bbq chicken drumstick

Equipment

Just a few simple pieces of kitchen equipment is all it takes to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Crock pot
  • Baking rack
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil

Substitutions

Chicken Thighs: You can make this recipe with thighs instead of drumsticks.

Your Favorite BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite brand and flavor of BBQ sauce.

Cloesup shot of hand holding a crock pot BBQ chicken drumstick

Options

Looking for ways to change up this crock pot BBQ chicken drumsticks recipe? Here are some suggestions.

Spicy: Add red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.

Country Ribs: Country ribs are a great option to mix things up.

Tips:

  • Spray your crock pot with nonstick spray to prevent the chicken drumsticks from sticking.
  • Be sure you place the drumsticks on a rack when you’re broiling them to allow adequate air flow.
Closeup shot of crock pot bbq chicken drumstick with bite taken out

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FAQ

How long will these drumsticks last?

You can store them in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

What can I serve with these drumsticks?

All kinds of great sides go well with these drumsticks. Try mashed or baked potatoes, French fries, coleslaw, biscuits, cornbread, mac and cheese, baked beans, or any of your other favorite bbq sides.

How do you reheat drumsticks?

Let the chicken come to room temperature. Then, place them on a wire rack fitted over a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Closup shot of crock pot bbq chicken drumsticks on plate

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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Yield: 12 servings

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Crock pot BBQ chicken drumsticks are tender, juicy, and loaded with delicious BBQ flavor. They're the perfect dinner or potluck food.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Additional Time 16 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 chicken drumsticks or 3 pounds (¼ pound each)
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Place drumsticks, paprika, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.  Stir until drumsticks are coated with seasonings.
  2. Place seasoned drumsticks in your greased crock pot.
  3. Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours until the chicken's internal temperature reaches 165ºF. 
  4. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil.
  5. Remove drumsticks from the crock pot and place them on a baking rack on the baking sheet.
  6. Broil at 550ºF for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Chicken will begin to brown.
  7. Prepare honey BBQ sauce in a small bowl by mixing BBQ sauce, honey, and garlic together.
  8. Remove chicken from the oven and brush BBQ sauce over them.
  9. Broil again for 3 minutes.  Flip them and brush the other side.  Broil for an additional 3 minutes. Dark spots will form, but be sure not to overcook and burn them.
  10. Brush with more BBQ if you choose and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 258Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 116mgSodium 914mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 22g

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