Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks


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Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks is a wonderful Keto friendly slow cooker meal that is so easy and delicious. If you are a fan of low carb meals then this recipe is definitely a keeper.

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white plate.

This crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks delicious meal takes only a few minutes of preparation. These crock pot drumsticks are full of bbq flavor and it’s such an easy recipe. It’s one of my favorite slow cooker recipes in my meal plan.


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What We Love About This Slow Cooker Recipe

This chicken drumstick recipe is easy to make and easy for kids to eat since the slow cooking makes the chicken tender. This also makes a great game day meal.

  • 15 Minute Meal: Prep in the morning and have dinner ready when you get home.
  • Easy Ingredients: All simple ingredients, this recipe is a great recipe for freezer meal or meal prep.
  • Family Friendly: Drumsticks are fun for everyone to eat. This will be one of your kids favorite recipes.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Easy to pack for lunch the next day.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken Drumsticks: Eight pieces bone-in, skin on chicken legs and thighs
  • Olive Oil: One tablespoon of olive oil
  • BBQ Sauce: One cup BBQ sauce, any brand of sugar free sauce that you like, even homemade BBQ sauce
  • Seasoning: Salt and Pepper, Paprika, Cumin, Garlic Powder and Poultry Seasoning
Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white plate.

Equipment Needed

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Slow Cooker

How to Make Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

These are the basic simple steps for making Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Drumsticks. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

a collage of 4 images showing how to season the chicken drumsticks in the crockpot.

STEP 1: PREP

First, place drumsticks on the bottom of a Crockpot. Then drizzle the olive oil over the chicken. Season the chicken with the paprika, cumin, poultry seasoning, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.

a collage of 4 images showing how to season the chicken drumsticks in the crockpot.

STEP 2: BRUSH

Brush the chicken with the BBQ sauce and then cook the chicken in the crockpot on low for six hours for six hours of cooking time.

a collage of 4 images showing how to cook the chicken drumsticks in the crockpot.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is a great make ahead meal. Prepare the bbq chicken legs the night before and place in a large resealable bag.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Place bbq drumsticks in the freezer in an airtight container for up to six months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Begin by preheating the oven to 400°F. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Of course, use a sugar free barbecue sauce and look for one with clean simple ingredients.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT PIECES OF CHICKEN?

Yes, you can use your personal preference such as chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken wings. Just make sure that the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes, make half or double, you can even use multiple crock pots if you wish.

CAN I USE A BBQ RUB?

It is a great way to add flavor to the chicken.

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white plate.

Expert Tips for Making This Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

  • Add heat: Try a little red pepper flakes, chili powder, spice blend or your favorite hot sauce.
  • Short cut tip: Buy your favorite bbq sauce at the local grocery store or you can use your own homemade barbecue sauce.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, apply the sauce, bake 10 more minutes.

What to Serve with Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Corinne Schmitt
Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks is a wonderful Keto friendly slow cooker meal that is so easy and delicious. If you are a fan of low carb meals then this recipe is definitely a keeper.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 79 kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 8 pieces bone-in skin on chicken legs and thighs
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 cup Sugar free bbq sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add the chicken to the bottom of a Crockpot.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken.
  • Season the chicken with the paprika, cumin, poultry seasoning, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Brush the chicken with the BBQ sauce.
  • Cook the chicken in the Crockpot on low for 6 hours.

Notes

  • Add heat: Try a little red pepper flakes, chili powder, spice blend or your favorite hot sauce.
  • Short cut tip: Buy your favorite bbq sauce at the local grocery store or you can use your own homemade barbecue sauce.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, apply the sauce, bake 10 more minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 0.4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 370mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Crock Pot, Keto
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