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BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks are perfect for a BBQ with the family or game day! The dry rub is irresistible, and the drumsticks come out so tender and delicious after cooking in the slow cooker all day.
BBQ Chicken Dry Rub
This is my very favorite chicken dry rub recipe. It’s a little spicy, perfectly sweet, and satisfyingly savory as well. I love BBQ dry rubs, especially if they have brown sugar in them. Say what you want, but I want my BBQ chicken spicy AND sweet!
- brown sugar
- salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dry mustard
Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks
At first, I was a little skeptical about cooking drumsticks in the slow cooker. I thought it was a little odd to throw something that I usually see baked or grilled to crispy perfection into a bunch of sauce and cook like stew!
I was pleasantly surprised to find out how tender and delicious these drumsticks turn out. These slow cooker chicken drumsticks are a different experience than crispy-skinned ones, and they are very delicious. It’s kind of more like a fall-off-the-bone ribs experience, and who can complain about that!
How to Make Slow-Cooker Chicken Drumsticks
The benefit of making drumsticks in the slow cooker is they’re completely hands-off. You dump them into the slow cooker and walk away for 6 hours until you have perfect, fall-off-the-bone chicken.
First, make the dry rub by combining all the ingredients. Rub that into the chicken. You kind of have to get over your fear of touching raw meat when you use a dry rub, haha. The more you rub it in, the better.
Next, combine the drumsticks and 1 cup of BBQ sauce in the slow cooker and cook for about 6 hours.
Now, the chicken will be great, but you can add an extra step to make them even more saucy and delicious.
Add 1/4 cup BBQ sauce to the drumsticks and broil on a sheet pan for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce thickens up a bit. This step is optional, but I highly recommend it!