Crock-pot Barbecue Chicken~easy to prepare and tasty to eat!
Notice that I titled this post barbecue and not barbecued drumsticks. My first job was at KFC. Yep! Kentucky Fried Chicken. Is that surprising to you? I had a good friend that used to work there and recommended that I do the same. Oh, how I used to love their coleslaw, and biscuits, and mashed potatoes, and gravy, and strawberry shortcake and crispy chicken, and original chicken, and…and…and…. If someone brings it to a potluck now, I would eat some, but it’s not my go-to fast food restaurant by any means. That would be Chipotle. But I digress. What I didn’t understand when I worked there is that KFC sold barbecue chicken and they only called it that since they dipped it in barbecue sauce. It wasn’t barbecued-on-a-grill chicken, and I wasn’t excited about their barbecue sauce flavor. Very disappointing.
Do you have a barbecue sauce that you love? Do you want one of the easiest crock-pot meals in the world? This is certainly one of them. Really it just required two things, chicken and your favorite barbecue sauce. It’s so easy and yet, so flavorful! This Crock-pot Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks recipe isn’t limited to just drumsticks. You can use wings, thighs, breasts, legs, and even the whole chicken.
We usually don’t cook the barbecue drumsticks in the crock-pot. Jonathan, our in-house griller, loves to slather the drumsticks with barbecue sauce, fire up the grill, and barbecue those babies to perfection during the summer months. Since it’s definitely not summertime yet here in the Pacific Northwest, we typically aren’t outside for prolonged periods of time (although the weather is warming quite nicely, and we had an absolutely lovely day today). This makes cooking the drumsticks in the crock-pot a great option, and Jonathan’s easy prep-chicken adapted great to the crock-pot.
The Verdict: Even my little Joshie ate his chicken to the bone, I seem to recall everyone else had seconds, and we all loved having the leftovers! This is a great, tasty and fast way to prepare chicken.
If the barbecue sauce seems too thick at the start, just remember that chicken releases its juices as it slow cooks, so the barbecue sauce gets thinned, seemly releasing more flavor.
Don’t be afraid to layer the chicken if you have a lot. I cooked two layers of drumsticks in my crock-pot with no problem.
Crock-pot Barbecue Chicken (Drumsticks)
- Place a thin layer of barbecue sauce on the bottom of the crock-pot.
- Place chicken in the bottom of the crock-pot.
- Spoon on as much barbecue sauce as desired in between the skin and the meat.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 5-6 hours (longer for a whole chicken, on low for approximately 8 hours).
Have you ever made your own barbecue sauce? It’s really easy, and you know what is going into it! **Pictures updated 3/14.
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