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Make sticky, fall of the bone BBQ Chicken Wings (& Drumsticks) right in your crock pot! Super easy, and flavorful these slow cooker chicken wings are so good!

Throwing chicken wings in a slow cooker with some BBQ sauce might just be the easiest way to win at dinner, especially on those days when you’re swamped. Not only are these slow cooker BBQ wings easy to make, but they are budget-friendly for a large family I use a mix of drumsticks and wings and add a bit of honey, garlic, and soy sauce to the BBQ, giving these crock pot wings a glaze that’s both sweet and tangy. It’s one of those set-it-and-forget-it deals that frees you up to tackle your to-do list. I can’t guarantee that the kids will leave you alone to get anything done, but I can guarantee that these slow cooker chicken wings won’t be taking up your time or attention.

Overhead shot of a bowl of slow cooker BBQ chicken wings sprinkled with sesame seeds, garnished with parsley, and served with a dipping sauce in the center

In my house, BBQ chicken wings are like the universal language of yum. Whether it’s a family movie night or friends dropping by, a plate of these wings vanishes faster than I can say, “Dig in!”. And when they’re cooked low and slow in my slow cooker, they reach this fall-off-the-bone level of tenderness that has everyone asking for the recipe. They’re sticky, savory, and just messy enough to remind you that good food is worth getting your hands dirty for!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Number of Ingredients: 7
Total Cook Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes
Primary Cooking Method: Slow Cooking
Dietary Info: High-Protein
Key Flavor: Sweet, savory, and garlicky BBQ
Skill Level: Beginner

Notable mentions

  • Grill Who? Deep frying what? Get that deep, rich flavor you’d expect from a grill, but without any of the smoke or fuss. You also get to skip deep frying and cleaning up oil splatters for 3 weeks after – you know what I am talking about! These easy slow cooker BBQ chicken wings come out so full of smoky flavors that you won’t miss the grill or oil one bit.
  • Tailor the Taste: Love a little extra spice or prefer your wings on the sweeter side? This recipe is super adaptable. Tweak the sauce to your liking and make these BBQ wings your own!
  • Easy Cleanup: When all the cooking happens in one pot, you can say goodbye to a sink full of dishes. Just a slow cooker, and a few utensils – that’s all your cleanup for the day.
  • Easily Double the recipe without doubling the work: Got a big crowd or just love leftovers? This recipe is a great to double – if your slow cooker can handle it, of course. Perfect for parties or ensuring you’ve got delicious BBQ chicken wings ready for round two!

Ingredients to make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

  • Chicken Wings: They cook beautifully in the slow cooker, staying extra juicy and tender. You can swap in chicken breasts, Chicken Legs or even chicken thighs, they cook just as well.
  • BBQ Sauce: For that rich, smoky flavor. Feel free to use your favorite store-bought brand, or if you’re a DIY kind of cook, whip up a homemade batch. Want a little more kick? Go for a spicy BBQ sauce!
  • Honey: To add that perfect touch of sweetness. It balances the tanginess of the BBQ sauce like a charm.
  • Garlic: Finely minced, because garlic makes everything better.
  • Soy Sauce: I use regular, but if you’re watching your sodium intake, low-sodium soy sauce works just as well.
  • Salt and Pepper: To season those crockpot BBQ chicken wings to perfection.
Bowl of juicy slow cooker BBQ chicken wings sprinkled with sesame seeds, garnished with parsley, and served with a dipping sauce in the center

How to make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

  1. Place the chicken wings in the slow cooker and season them thoroughly with salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine BBQ sauce, honey, minced garlic, and soy sauce. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Pour the sauce mixture over the wings, making sure they’re all evenly coated.
  4. Cover the slow cooker with the lid. Set to cook on low for about 6 hours or on high for about 4 hours. Once the wings are cooked through and the sauce is sticky, they’re ready to be served. Enjoy!
A step by step image collage on how to make slow cooker BBQ chicken wings with ingredients, raw chicken seasoned, bbq sauce being mixed, chicken mixed with bbq sauce, and chicken cooked drenched in bbq sauce
  • Boneless Wings: If you’re not a fan of traditional bone-in chicken wings, use boneless chicken wings or even chicken tenders. They cook up just as deliciously in the sauce and are perfect for those who want to lower the chances of a sticky situation.
  • Beer-Infused Wings: Add a splash of your favorite lager or even root beer for an extra layer of flavor! It adds a slight bitterness that balances the sweetness and deepens the overall taste. Just pour it in with the sauce mixture and let the slow cooker do its job.
  • Maple Twist: Out of honey? Maple syrup is a fantastic substitute. It brings a different kind of sweetness to your slow cooker barbecue chicken wings, with a hint of woodsy flavor.
  • Switch Up the Sauce: Try different sauces like teriyaki for Asian-inspired wings, buffalo for some heat, or honey mustard for a tangy kick. Each sauce gives the wings a whole new character!

Tips for making the best slow cooker honey BBQ chicken wings

  1. Pat the Wings Dry: Before you season those wings, give them a good pat down with paper towels. Removing excess moisture helps the seasonings stick better and ensures your wings will be flavor-packed from skin to bone.
  2. Layer with Care: It’s fine to stack the wings in the slow cooker, but do it thoughtfully. Arrange them so each wing has some room to breathe. That way they cook evenly and get nicely coated with the sauce.
  3. Use a Basting Brush: After you’ve placed the wings in the slow cooker, generously and evenly brush each wing with the BBQ sauce mixture using your basting brush.
  4. Broil to Perfection: Once your slow cooker BBQ chicken wings are cooked, don’t stop there! Pop them under the broiler for a few minutes to get that irresistible, crispy skin.
Overhead shot of a bowl of slow cooker BBQ chicken wings sprinkled with sesame seeds, garnished with parsley, and served with a dipping sauce in the center

How to store & reheat Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

Once your wings have cooled down, transfer them into an airtight container. If you’ve got sauce left, pour it over the wings – it’ll keep them moist and flavorful. Place the container in the fridge, and you’re all set!

To reheat in a hurry, use the microwave. Just place the wings on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 1-2 minutes, or until they’re heated through. If you’re not in a rush, the oven is your best bet for keeping that crispy texture (if you broiled them). Preheat to 350°F, arrange the wings on a baking sheet, and reheat for about 10-15 minutes.

How long will Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings last in the fridge?

Good news – your BBQ wings can stay inside the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Keep them in that airtight container to ensure they stay fresh and tasty!

Can i freeze slow cooker barbecue chicken wings?

Yes! To freeze, place the cooled wings in a freezer-safe bag or container. They’ll stay good for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, thaw them in the fridge overnight, then follow the reheating instructions.

What to serve with Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

  • Dips and Sauces: Wings and dips are like best friends – they just belong together! Try them with classic ranch dressing (my personal favorite), blue cheese dressing, or even a spicy mayo. Experiment and find your favorite wing-dipping duo!
  • Fresh Veggies: Celery and carrot sticks are always next to wings on any game night, and for good reason. Their freshness and crunchiness are great for dipping!
  • Hashbrown Casserole: My hashbrown casserole is a great match for BBQ wings. Its creamy, cheesy goodness contrasts wonderfully with the tangy, savory flavor of the wings. Plus, it’s super easy to make!
  • Angel Food Cake: After a savory meal, nothing beats a slice of light, fluffy angel food cake. It’s the perfect sweet ending! I mean, who doesn’t love cake?

Frequently asked questions

Can I use frozen wings?

Yes, you can use frozen wings! Just remember to adjust the cooking time – you’ll likely need to cook them on high. It’s always a good idea to check the doneness of the wings with a meat thermometer to ensure they’re fully cooked (165°F).

How can I thicken the sauce if it’s too runny after cooking?

First, remove the wings and pour the sauce into a saucepan. Then, simmer it on the stove with a cornstarch slurry (mix equal parts cornstarch and water) until it reaches your desired consistency.

Can I add vegetables to cook with the wings?

You can add some sturdy veggies like carrots or potatoes. Just be aware they will absorb some of the BBQ sauce flavor, which might change the overall taste of the wings.

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These Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings are my go-to for an easy, set-it-and-forget-it dinner or for wowing the crowd on game day. With just 20 minutes of prep time, they’re a total lifesaver when you want to impress without the stress.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

Make sticky, fall of the bone BBQ Chicken Wings (& Drumsticks) right in your crock pot! Super easy, and flavorful these slow cooker chicken wings are so good!
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Author Jackie
Servings 6 people
Course Main Course
Calories 726
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6 lbs chicken wings
  • 3 cups BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • 8 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the chicken wings in the slow cooker and season them thoroughly with salt and pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, combine BBQ sauce, honey, minced garlic, and soy sauce. Stir until well mixed.
  • Pour the sauce mixture over the wings, making sure they're all evenly coated.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid. Set to cook on low for about 6 hours or on high for about 4 hours.

Notes

  1. Pat the Wings Dry: Before you season those wings, give them a good pat down with paper towels. Removing excess moisture helps the seasonings stick better and ensures your wings will be flavor-packed from skin to bone.
  2. Layer with Care: It’s fine to stack the wings in the slow cooker, but do it thoughtfully. Arrange them so each wing has some room to breathe. That way they cook evenly and get nicely coated with the sauce.
  3. Use a Basting Brush: After you’ve placed the wings in the slow cooker, generously and evenly brush each wing with the BBQ sauce mixture using your basting brush.
  4. Broil to Perfection: Once your slow cooker BBQ chicken wings are cooked, don’t stop there! Pop them under the broiler for a few minutes to get that irresistible, crispy skin.
Keep in mind the nutritional information is just an estimate and will vary depending on the barbeque sauce used for the recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 6 wings, Calories: 726kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 189mg, Sodium: 2117mg, Potassium: 553mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 469IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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