Easy Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

 
While I was home, we had a little picnic on our lawn with some family friends and picked up a couple buckets of chicken from KFC to eat.  Our friend’s little boy, Jake, is eight and I think he scored every single drumstick.  Lucky boy! I remember my brothers and I fighting to the death for the last drumstick.  Why is it kids love the drumsticks?

 

Anyways, Jake’s mom shared her method of cooking bbq chicken drumsticks in the crock pot.  They’re easy, healthier, and everyone gets drumsticks! 
   
 
 
I’m such a sucker for EASY meals so I gave it a whirl the other night.  I used thawed chicken drumsticks but you can also just buy a bag of frozen ones.  To reduce the fat I cut the skin off of the drumsticks I used, but you can also brown the chicken first to help reduce fat (if using thawed chicken).   Or you can just leave the skin alone and toss them in the crock pot as is. 

They are delicious as well as messy, so have your napkins ready!

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
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Ingredients
  1. 6-8 chicken drumsticks (thawed or frozen)
  2. 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays Original)
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in crock pot and pour about a cup of BBQ sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours if using thawed chicken, and 4-6 hours if using frozen.
  2. Remove chicken from crock pot and place in a large bowl. If desired, toss with just a little more BBQ sauce to evenly coat the drumsticks.
Notes
  1. **You can use as much or as little BBQ sauce depending on how "saucy" you want your chicken to be or the amount of chicken your are using.
Adapted from Patti Meuter
Adapted from Patti Meuter
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  1. Elle August 5, 2011

    How delightfully simple. I am going to try this!

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    • Sharala November 13, 2014

      I’ve been doing BBQ chicken in the CP for many years. This is chicken AND baked potatoes, all cooked in a cool kitchen while you play in the sun, or take a nap in the shade. :-) Serves 4-6

      1 whole chicken
      4-8 potatoes, depending on size
      BBQ sauce of choice

      Wash and dry the chicken inside and out. Cut up the onion and put half inside the chicken, along with 1/2 cup BBQ sauce. Mush that around.

      Wash and dry the potatoes. Do not peel. They can be baking or red potatoes or whatever you have. Place all potatoes on bottom of crockpot evenly spread out. Sprinkle the rest of the onion among them.

      Place the whole chicken on top of the potatoes. Pour 1/2 C (or more) of the BBQ sauce over the chicken. Spread it around.

      Cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours. Here is your whole lunch or dinner, if you make some coleslaw and chill it while chicken cooking.

      COLE SLAW

      1 bag of coleslaw mix
      1 can of diced pineapple with juice
      1 cup of flavored yogurt of your choice (I use light, sometimes blueberry or peach, whatever)

      Mix all ingredients together with a little salt and pepper. Chill at least one hour.

      Enjoy!

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  2. Anonymous August 5, 2011

    Do you think I could substiute bbq sauce for asian Ah-So sauce or do you think it will burn?

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    • Cody R November 27, 2012

      that sounds awesome! did you try it?

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    • Cody R November 27, 2012

      that sounds delicious did you ever try it?

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    • Cindy March 15, 2013

      I often use teriyaki sauce and it turns out well!:)

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    • Clint Anderson January 21, 2014

      I have done this many times with 100% perfection.I have used bbq sauces,marinades and also just spice rubs with a little oil and water at the bottom of crock,hope that helps somebody…

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      • Sarah February 26, 2015

        Thank you!

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  3. randomcreative August 5, 2011

    I love drumsticks! So easy. I will have to try this sometime.

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  4. Cubicle.com August 5, 2011

    Wow, those look amazing!!!! My hubby loves drumsticks, so I’m going to have to try this ASAP!

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  5. Carolyn Jung August 5, 2011

    Wow! Can hardly believe that came out of a crock pot. A great way to enjoy the taste of bbq all year round.

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  6. @anonymous
    I think you could use any sauce, but if you are worried you can cook it on low for longer.

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  7. Anonymous August 8, 2011

    I made these tonight and they were DELICIOUS!! so easy too. I also used Sweet Baby Rays Original. I added some cayenne pepper and Sriracha hot sauce because we love to make everything spicy, along with some garlic powder. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • destiney May 26, 2014

      We swear by sweet baby ray’s bbq sauce at our house

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  8. telesma August 8, 2011

    You can also add a bit of chicken broth if you’re worried it will burn – not a lot, maybe a quarter cup. Just enough to give it extra moisture so the sauce doesn’t dry up. You can add some diced onion, too, that will add moisture and flavor the sauce.

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  9. These are in my Crock Pot as we speak. I also took the skin off.. Does anyone know if there is some magic trick to easily get the skin off of chicken? It took a lot of effort! lol.

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    • I hope you like them! The skins can be pretty tough to get off–if you figure out a trick, do share!!

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    • Anonymous April 6, 2012

      Use a paper towel when you pull the skin.

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    • Anonymous June 7, 2012

      I cut the skin off with the kitchen scissors. Super easy. I use the ones that came with our knife set.

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    • Anonymous June 8, 2012

      A paper towel always works! Also great for pulling off membrane from underside of ribs.

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    • Merra Starr September 18, 2012

      Run under worm water works perfectly

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    • Merra Starr September 18, 2012

      Run drumsticks under luke warm water and it comes off easier than ever.

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  10. Cindi February 5, 2012

    I was taught by my mother to use a dry papertowel – grab the skin at the thick end and pull down with skin in papertowel towards thin end. Works everytime

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  11. Magi February 9, 2012

    I’m trying this recipe! In the crockpot as I type:)

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  12. Jen Fiamengo March 8, 2012

    Do you think I could use legs and thighs for this recipe?

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  13. Jen Fiamengo March 8, 2012

    Do you think I can use legs and thighs for this recipe?

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  14. Anonymous April 9, 2012

    Can u put them in over night on warm? Then when i get up (7:00) put them on high tell 5:00 thats when i get home well that work.

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    • You know what I’ve never tried putting them on warm through the night. They don’t need the entire day to cook on high though, I’d definitely try it on low first and use frozen drumsticks.

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    • bigdaddy April 27, 2012

      Never cook on low setting, that’s only for after the meats done. I tried it once it ruined the meat. That’s on my crockpot at least.

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    • bigdaddy April 27, 2012

      Never try to cook on warm setting, tried it once and it ruined the meat. That’s with my crockpot anyway.

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    • Anonymous May 3, 2012

      Sure put them on warm all night if you want to breed salmonella. Warm is best once cooked.

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    • notailgator December 17, 2012

      no don’t ever cook them on warm as the chicken won’t cook and it could be dangerous to eat or would be way overdone when U finally cooked them!

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  15. mommyof2 May 4, 2012

    Do the rules change if you are using a dry rub with very little liquid?

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  16. You know what, I’m not sure, I’ve never used a dry rub on chicken in the crockpot!

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  17. I made this with drumsticks. I am thinking about trying it with boneless skinless chicken breasts.. Think it would work?

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  18. Anonymous June 8, 2012

    My wife takes the skin off all our chicken. I once asked here to put some back on because I like it sometimes. She said she couldn’t do it. Hope this helps.��

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    • JLW September 29, 2013

      good one

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  19. samantha July 16, 2012

    Trying this recipe right now! I threw them in frozen on high so hopefully they turn out ok.

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  20. Anonymous July 28, 2012

    Trying this receipe today for a get together tonight, 25 drumbsticks, added 4 diced green onion and 1/3 cup of chicken broth, using I bottjle of Jack Daniel’s original barbecue sauce and a bottle of regular kraft brand. Thought I would mix it up, hopefully it turns out ok

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  21. Jennifer Klahre September 9, 2012

    I am so excited!!! Trying this today for opening day of NFL!!! Thank you for putting this up!

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  22. Jennifer Klahre September 9, 2012

    I’m sooooo excited to try this today for opening day of NFL!!!! THANKS for putting this up!

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  23. todd starner October 15, 2012

    Did you use a large crock pot or a small one?

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  24. todd starner October 15, 2012
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  25. Anonymous October 24, 2012

    Can you do veggies and potatoes in there as well?

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  26. Amanda Drennen November 16, 2012

    Im cooking this right now!! Lol it smells and looks amazing! Im going to put pineapple chunks n litte spicy twords end! And we will have good dinner tonight! Potato salad and chips!! :)

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  27. Anonymous January 19, 2013

    Can you put the chicken legs in the oven after they have cooked in the crockpot to glaze them?

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    • Kristy Denney January 20, 2013

      I would say yes, absolutely, get them a little crispy!!

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  28. Andrea C March 24, 2013

    We are addicted, these are amazing!! (And SO simple!) Love it, thank you!

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    • Kristy March 25, 2013

      You’re welcome!! We love them too!

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  29. Tom March 24, 2013

    Cooking this now but with chicken thighs. Sweet baby rays an sriracha sauce. 4 hours to go

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    • Kristy March 25, 2013

      Yum!! Love the idea of adding sriracha!!

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  30. Laci July 14, 2013

    I’m making these right now. I did my own thing then double checked this recipe to make sure I was doing something right. Maybe I’ll come back and let you know how mine come out. I seasoned my drumsticks very well, almost a dry rub… Added fresh garlic…. Them topped with a bit Caribbean jerk sauce. I just put them on low because I usually cook everything on low but I think I’m gonna bump them up to high! Thanks for all the tips

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    • Kristy July 14, 2013

      Yum, sounds great Laci!! Let me know how they turned out!

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  31. Kelly January 13, 2014

    Are you it is safe on high for 6hours wouldn’t it burn should it be on low? You done this before so I’m just asking, because Imcooked. Roast on high and it burn in the crock pot n high.

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    • Barbara April 7, 2014

      I’m making them for my son and his wife. They are coming home tonight from Ireland and this will be waiting for them to snack on when they get in. I’ve never tried it. Hope they are good.

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  32. cassie April 15, 2014

    So the chicken only cook’s in the bbq sauce? No water?

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  33. cassie April 15, 2014

    What about seasoning the chicken???

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  34. […] Normally, I’d make my Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Drummies because they are so stinkin’ easy and the chicken practically falls off the bone. This time […]

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  35. Chris June 6, 2014

    Do you need to add water or does the sause do it all?

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  36. Chris June 6, 2014

    Do you need to add water or will the sause be enough?

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  38. Sherri July 31, 2014

    Doesn’t get much easier than this! I have to try it SOON!

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  39. Candra August 3, 2014

    I’m planning on making these this week. I’m wondering, I work 8am-4:30pm I was wondering, does anyone think I could leave the BBQ chicken in the crockpot on low for 9 1/2 hours while I’m at work?

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    • Jodi Miller August 19, 2014

      Did you try it yet for 9 1/2 hours? I’m planning on trying it tomorrow but it would need to be in the crockpot for about 10 hours. I’ve never had problems with anything else for that long.

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      • Kristy August 20, 2014

        I haven’t tried it yet for that long!

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  40. Allyson October 13, 2014

    I used to make these in college all the time and use a bottle of Asian Zing sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings, but I went an extra step and put the drumsticks out on a tin-foiled cookie sheet and broiled them in the oven for a couple minutes on each side to thicken up the sauce and get a good caramelization started. They always disappeared instantly when I pulled on a plate them to serve them. Wings and thighs work for this, too, but they are more prone to falling off the bone in the crock pot, from my experience.

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  41. Carolyn April 4, 2015

    Thanks for the recipe! I am making them right now.

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