Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken cooked in the slow cooker is my favorite way  to cook it. Some people don’t like it because it can get dry and it will if you cook it too long. If you keep it to 6 to 7 hours on low or just a few hours on high then you will have perfect chicken.

For years I’ve been throwing drumsticks into the slow cooker, pouring barbecue sauce over it and calling it good. It was always a favorite, but this recipe takes that same idea and bumps it up on the flavor scale.

The combination of the dry spices and the barbecue sauce will knock your taste buds off their feet. I promise. Just ask my husband…



Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 to 6 bone in, skin on chicken drumsticks
  • 1½ c barbecue sauce
  1. In a small bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Pour ingredients onto a plate.
  2. Take each drumstick and roll in the dry seasonings. Make sure the drumsticks are completely coated.
  3. Place in bottom of slow cooker.
  4. Pour barbecue sauce over the chicken.
  5. Cook on low for 6 hours.





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  1. Great to see you submitting another recipe! I have yet to buy a slowcooker, there are just so many possibilities!

  2. This recipe has my mouth watering. My whole family is going to love this!

  3. These look delicious!! Can you cook chicken breasts the same way in the crock pot? Mine always turn out dry. :/

    • Yes. I generally do my chicken breasts on high for 4 hours. That usually gets them cooked and not dry them out.

  4. Pinned this slow cooker recipe. My kids would love these chicken drumsticks for dinner. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #HomeMattersParty this week!

  5. I love slow cooker recipes. Drumsticks are always a hit in my house. #HomeMattersParty

  6. Very tasty…family favorite!

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