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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  1. 6-8 chicken drumsticks (thawed or frozen)
  2. 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays Original)
  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.
  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. How delightfully simple. I am going to try this!

  2. Anonymous says:

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Anonymous says:

    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!

  8. 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.

  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.

  10. 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

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

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

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

  14. Anonymous says:

    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.

  15. mommyof2 says:

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

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

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

  18. Anonymous says:

    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.��

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

  20. Anonymous says:

    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

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

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

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

  24. Anonymous says:

    Can you do veggies and potatoes in there as well?

  25. 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!! :)

  26. Anonymous says:

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

  27. Andrea C says:

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

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

  29. 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

  30. 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.

    • Barbara says:

      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.

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

  32. What about seasoning the chicken???

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

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

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

  36. 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?

    • Jodi Miller says:

      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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