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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Wings

These barbecue chicken wings become tender in your slow-cooker and finish up with a crispy outside under the broiler for the perfect barbecue chicken for any party or meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Slow cooker
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 503kcal
Author: Sally Humeniuk


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 pounds chicken wings and drummettes, or chicken drumsticks, trimmed. See Note
  • 1 ½ cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • Vegetable oil spray


  • Mix sugar, paprika, mustard, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper together. Place ingredients in large plastic zip-lock bag. Dump chicken wings or drumsticks into bag and shake until all chicken is coated; transfer to slow cooker. Pour ½ cup of the barbecue sauce over chicken and stir to coat. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 3-4 hours on low for wings, 4-6 hours on low for drumsticks.
  • Position oven rack 10 inches from broiler element and heat on high. Place a wire cooling rack on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and coat the wire rack with vegetable oil spray. Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet; discard braising liquid that remains in slow cooker.
  • Brush chicken with ½ cup more barbecue sauce and broil until lightly charred and crisp (to your liking), about 10 to 15 minutes. Flip chicken over, brush with remaining ½ cup barbecue sauce, and continue to broil until lightly charred and crisp on second side, 5 to 10 minutes longer. Serve.

Note about Drumsticks:

  • I've made these with wings and drumsticks and the wings do turn out much more juicy and have more flavor. Drumsticks are good, but we all prefer the wings.


Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1243mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1010IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2.5mg