You only need 5 ingredients to make easy and delicious Crock Pot Chicken Drumsticks.  Toss everything into your crock pot and dinner will be a breeze. Everyone will enjoy these tender and flavorful slow cooker drumsticks.

Close up image of drumsticks in a crock pot.

Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks Recipe:

This Easy Chicken Drumsticks crock pot recipe is a must try. Whether you need something tasty and easy for game day or the next big party, this is the best recipe with very little work.

It is delicious enough for company but easy enough to make on a busy weeknight. Our entire family loves this and the kids can’t get enough. These crock pot chicken drumsticks are requested weekly by my family.

I can’t believe it is that simple to make delicious slow cooker chicken drumsticks and absolutely love how easy it is in the crockpot!

Close up image of drumsticks in a crock pot.

Can I cook drumsticks in the crockpot?

We love chicken drumsticks. They are inexpensive and kid friendly. Growing up we would always fry drumsticks but I wanted to try making them in the crockpot for a better version of drumsticks.

I was amazed how well they turned out cooking them in the crockpot. They were packed with flavor and so tender. It is such a time saver making these in your crockpot.

My family loved it so much they asked me to always make chicken drumsticks this way! Slow Cooking has become my favorite of making these drumsticks.

Crockpot BBQ Drumsticks are so tender in the slow cooker!

The meat literally falls off the bone it is so tender and delicious. This is the best appetizer for parties but filling enough to be the main meal.

Serve these delicious crock pot chicken legs with ranch and blue cheese and oh my goodness. I also like to put out celery and carrots for a really simple meal.

Everyone loves it and you can’t beat this easy idea that everyone loves.

Close up image of cooked drumstick.

Can you put frozen drumsticks in a crockpot?

Yes, you can. Simply, follow the same instructions but increase the cooking time for the frozen chicken. If you chicken is frozen, the spices might not stick as well.

Frozen chicken legs in crock pot are just as easy and delicious. If you forget to take something out of the freezer, just toss frozen drumsticks in crockpot for a super easy and tasty meal.

How do I make crock pot drumsticks crispy?

I like my chicken drumsticks to have a little crisp to the edges. If you are concerned that they might be soggy in the slow cooker, we have a tip for you. When the chicken is finished cooking,  place the drumsticks on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Broil for 1-5 minutes until it begins to brown.

Remove from oven, flip the drumsticks, and broil the other side for another 1-5 minutes until brown. This will give you just the right amount of crispiness to the outside of the drumsticks. This has quickly become one of our favorite Chicken drumstick slow cooker recipes easy and simple for any day of the week.

Ingredients needed for drumsticks - drumsticks, paprika, cumin, garlic salt, and BBQ Sauce.

Ingredients for Crockpot Drumsticks:

  • Chicken Drumsticks
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Salt
  • BBQ sauce – We love using our Homemade BBQ Sauce but you use the store bought

How to make Slow Cooker Drumsticks?

  • In a small bowl combine the paprika, cumin, and garlic salt. Stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle over the drum sticks and rub all over chicken skin.
Close up image of uncooked drumsticks on a cookie sheet with seasoning sprinkled on top.
  • Pour 1 cup of barbeque sauce over the chicken drumsticks.
Close up image of drumsticks in a crock pot with BBQ sauce on top.
  • Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours until the chicken is tender. (You can cook on high if you prefer but reduce the hours on high.)
  • When finished place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil and cooking spray.
  • Brush half of the BBQ sauce on the drum sticks. Broil for 1-5 minutes until it begins to brown.
Close up image of drumsticks on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  • Remove from oven, flip the drumsticks, and brush with the remaining BBQ sauce.
  • Broil another 1-5 minutes until brown.

Serve hot. Enjoy!

Tips for Crock Pot Chicken Drumsticks:

  • Have you ever tried making your own BBQ Sauce? It really is a simple process to make and it taste amazing. You can use the store bought also and they will still turn out great.
  • Make sure to leave the skin on the drumsticks. This allows the skin to get crispy and from drying out.
  • If you prefer your drumsticks crispy, make sure when you put them in the broiler to watch them closely. It doesn’t take long to get that crispy edge.
  • You can use these same ingredients to cook your chicken the crockpot using chicken thighs or boneless chicken breast.
Close up image of drumsticks in a crock pot.

Crockpot Drumstick Variations:

We love recipes that you can change the recipes to use what you have or add in some extra spice. Here are favorite variations when making this recipe:

  • If you like your drumsticks a little spicy add in some chopped jalapeno’s or sprinkle with crushed peppers.
  • Add in some honey for the honey BBQ flavor.
  • You can also add in some brown sugar for a touch of sweetness.
  • You can also omit the BBQ sauce and just add the seasoning if you don’t want to use BBQ Sauce.
  • Instead of BBQ Sauce add in some soy sauce.
Close up image of drumstick.

What to serve with drumsticks?

  • We love serving with a side of Mashed Potatoes.
  • Side of Steamed Broccoli or other vegetables would great with this recipe.
  • Homemade Mac and Cheese is always a family favorite.
  • A side of rice also is a great option.

BBQ Chicken Legs Crock Pot Recipe will be a hit with everyone!

We love this meal and have fun trying different variations. We have even cut up chicken breast or used regular chicken legs with this recipe.

You can certainly use store bought BBQ sauce but it is very simple to learn how to make homemade barbecue sauce with very little effort! If you like more of a sweet barbecue sauce, add a little brown sugar to the slow cooker chicken.

Another idea is to use your instant pot if you need dinner on the table at the last minute. Chicken drumstick recipes can be prepared so easily and without much work.

Print this BBQ Chicken Legs Crock Pot Recipe below:

Crock Pot Drumsticks – only 5 ingredients!

4.77 from 13 votes
Dinner is a breeze with BBQ Chicken Legs Crock Pot Recipe. Try Crock Pot Chicken Drumsticks for parties, game day and more for a delicious meal idea.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Calories 369
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 cups bbq sauce divided

Instructions

  • In a small bowl combine the paprika, cumin, and garlic salt. Stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle over the drum sticks and rub all over chicken skin.
  • Place chicken drumsticks in slow cooker.
  • Pour 1 cup of barbeque sauce over the chicken drum sticks.
  • Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours until the chicken is tender. (You can cook on high if you prefer but reduce the hours on high.)
  • When finished place the chicken on a cookie sheet lined with foil and cooking spray.
  • Brush half of the bbq sauce on the drum sticks. Broil for 1-5 minutes until it begins to brown.
  • Remove from oven, flip the drumsticks, and brush with the remaining bbq sauce.
  • Broil another 1-5 minutes until brown.
  • Serve hot. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

We love this meal and have fun trying different variations. We have even cut up chicken breast or used regular chicken legs with this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 369kcal, Carbohydrates 30g, Protein 28g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 140mg, Sodium 1281mg, Potassium 537mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 24g, Vitamin A 809IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 45mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. 4 stars
    Hi Carrie ….was wondering how to put recipes from Blog into my Favorites please ???

  2. It’s hard to find educated people for this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

  3. would it make a difference if you did not put them under the broiler? ours is not working right

  4. You can place them on a grill instead and that would work. Adding the high heat caramelizes the sauce on the drumsticks so I do recommend it. Thanks.

  5. 4 stars
    I tried this recipe after seeing your YouTube live where you made them. They were SO easy and yummy! I think I should have maybe added more sauce before I broiled them to make them crispier, but they were a hit with the family. LOVE that my crockpot had them ready for me and saved having to pick up food.

  6. Just curious before I decide to make the recipe, is it really 6 lbs of chicken drumsticks? I lb per person? Looking at the picture of the drums on the cookie sheet it doesn’t appear to be that many. I counted 15 drumsticks. I hope my question doesn’t sound cheeky.

  7. Sorry about that – This was a typo. We made approximately 3 lbs in this recipe. Generally we plan for 2-3 drumsticks per person. I have updated the recipe.