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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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Slow cooker BBQ chicken drumsticks are so flavorful. Finished off in the broiler for that added crisp. Tastes like it was grilled, but with that fall off the bone goodness.

bbq drumsticks on a plate.
Easy slow cooker drumsticks.

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Chicken is of our family go-to meals around here. Mostly because it’s affordable and everyone in the family likes it.

These slow cooker BBQ chicken drumsticks are far from bland. They are super flavorful and a family favorite that everyone eats and no one complains about. Win-win!

What are the benefits of eating chicken?

Chicken is a great source of lean, low fat protein. Vitamins such as A, B6, B12, niacin, thiamine or riboflavin, or minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium or phosphorus are present in chicken.

cooked drumsticks on a plate next to pan.
Delicious Crock Pot chicken drumsticks.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Flavorful chicken.
  • Great for the whole family.
  • Slow cooker does most of the work.
  • Easy to make.


What you’ll need to make this recipe.

How To Make This Recipe

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Slow cooker bbq chicken drumsticks process

Step 1:

Add the brown sugar, garlic and onion powders, ground mustard and paprika to a large resealable bag and shake to mix seasonings.

Step 2:

Add one drumstick to the bag and shake to coat the drumstick. Remove and add to the slow cooker. Repeat until all 12 drumsticks are coated in the seasonings.

It’s ok to layer the drumsticks in the crockpot.

Step 3:

Drizzle about half a cup of the BBQ sauce over the top of the chicken drumsticks. Cover and cook on low for about 6-7 hours.

Step 4:

Once the drumsticks are done in the slow cooker, turn oven broiler to high.

Step 5:

Cover a baking sheet with foil and lay the drumsticks out in a single layer. Brush half cup of BBQ sauce over the drumsticks, flip them over and brush with remaining half cup of BBQ sauce.

Step 6:

Place drumsticks in the broiler for 3 minutes, flip the drumsticks over and broil for another 3 minutes. Take out and enjoy!

plate of four bbq drumsticks.
The best tasting slow cooker chicken drumsticks.

How Do I Store Cooked Chicken Drumsticks?

Place cooled drumsticks in an airtight container. Properly stored, cooked chicken will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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Yield: 6 Servings

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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Slow cooker BBQ drumsticks are so flavorful. Finished off in the broiler for that added crisp. Tastes like it was grilled, but with that fall off the bone goodness.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes


  • 12 chicken drumsticks, bone in, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, any kind


  1. Combine all the seasonings and spices, along with the sugar, in a large resealable bag. Place a chicken drumstick in the bag, shake to coat, then add to slow cooker. Repeat until all 12 of the drumsticks are coated and placed in slow cooker. It's okay to layer drumsticks in slow cooker.
  2. Drizzle 1/2 cup BBQ sauce over the chicken drumsticks. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  3. Turn oven on to high broil. Cover large baking sheet with foil and arrange chicken drumsticks in a single layer. Brush drumsticks with 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, flip and brush with remaining 1/2 cup BBQ sauce.
  4. Broil for 3 minutes on once side, flip and broil on other side for an additional 3 minutes until crisp.


The internal temperature of the chicken should be at least 165°. Measure this at the thickest part of the chicken near the bone. Continue cooking until chicken reaches temperature.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 00gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 947mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 17g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Tuesday 19th of November 2019

I love how easy and tasty these sound - perfect finger food for game day!

Megan Ellam

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

These are so delicious, cheap and easy to make. I have everything on hand most weeks to make a batch of these. Thanks so much for a great recipe.


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

This is a great meal to have on hand when I want something easy to make but full of flavor. They looks delicious.

morgan eisenberg

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Perfect indoor BBQ method for my winter cravings!


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

First time trying making some BBQ chicken with a slow cooker, and loving it! This is super easy, and super delicious. The broiling at the end makes these even more yummy.

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