Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Drumsticks: A few simple ingedients and very little work will give you the most tender, juicy, and flavorful chicken drumstick you have ever had. Are your kids messy eaters? Mine sure are. Not like need a napkin kind of messy, like they need to take a shower after eating kind of messy.
I mean there is food on the floor, food in their hair, food in their ears…sometimes I think there is food that even makes it to another room in the house. And no they are NOT toddlers, they are 11 and 7. In fact they were NOT messy eaters as toddlers, go figure. They can make a mess with a cheese stick……it is disgusting!
These BBQ drumsticks are coated in a sweet, sticky sauce that is bound to require a few wet napkins. But oh is it worth the mess. They are tender, smoky, juicy, and just want all backyard barbeques should be made of.
The best part is that these Slow Cooker BBQ Drumsticks are EASY!! They start off in the slow cooker where a dry rub infuses the meat and cooks the chicken through. They can be eated just like that for a fabulous meal, or they can be coated in homemade barbeque sauce (or your favorite store bought sauce) and then grilled or broiled to acheive crispy skin. And that is the way my family prefers to eat them!
They have become a quick go-to meal that we all love–my husband and son especially. The funniest thing is that while this is one meal designed to be messy, I think the kids make less of a mess with the drumstick than they do do with a PB&J–go figure.
- 12 chicken drumsticks (skin on or off--I do half and half)
- For the Rub:
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- For the BBQ Sauce:
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients for the rub together and rub on chicken legs.
- Place in slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours.
- Once chicken is cooked in slow cooker, preheat grill or broiler to medium high.
- Brush chicken with barbeque sauce and grill until crispy, about 3-5 minutes per side.
- To Make BBQ Sauce:
- Bring apple juice, tomato sauce, salt, vinegar, honey, and chili powder to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
*I like skinless meat, while my husband prefers the skin left on the meat. I do half and half. Do what you prefer.
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This recipe is featured on Meal Plan Monday.