Crockpot Barbecue Wings will change the way you look at wings and your slow cooker, an easy, delicious, gluten-free crowd pleaser!
You guys, this recipe was the source of debate for many days in my house. It was hysterical when I told Mr. Hungry I was making wings in the crockpot he immediately protested. That won’t work, they will fall apart, they will become shredded, you are going to WASTE an entire batch of wings. I figured the million people that had crockpot recipes on Pinterest couldn’t be wrong, so I forged ahead determined to prove him wrong. Oh, and prove him wrong I did! Just in case you don’t believe me either, proof –>
Now he was right in the sense that I couldn’t mess with them too much while they were cooking, for fear they would turn into shredded meat. He was wrong in that they wouldn’t be good and an entire batch of wings would be wasted. In fact, they were so good we both swore this would be the only way we would make wings from now on. Now, if you are in the wings have to be crispy camp, you will not like these and don’t care if they work in the crockpot. On the other hand, if you like super easy recipes that provide tender sweet and smokey, fall off the bone, chicken then you will love this recipe!
I could have attempted an original barbecue sauce, but real talk, I didn’t feel like it. What is the sense in pulling a million different bottles and ingredients out of your cabinet, when perfectly good versions are available at the store? True, some barbecue sauces are full of preservatives and chemicals, but there are ones that aren’t. I’ve ordered this Wellbee’s Honey Barbecue sauce before which has NO preservatives or chemicals, and LOVED it! To be totally honest, I used one of the Trader Joe’s barbecue sauces for this recipe because although not perfect, it had caramel color, it was pretty clean. Sometimes I allow myself to make exceptions like this for convenience purposes, since 95% of my cabinet is free of preservatives, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, etc… I don’t freak out when something slips through the cracks (read I intentionally purchase it with zero guilt). I would still steer clear of ingredient lists loaded with high fructose corn syrup and loads of preservatives, though (example), let’s not get too crazy! However, if one at the end of the ingredient list sneaks through, so be it. Of course, if you want to make your own, you can do that too, share your favorite recipe!
Is it all about making your life just a little bit easier ya know? A little less perfection may lead to a little more consistency. I like to add some motivation and positivity to my one dish Monday posts so this week I want to encourage you to do a little LESS. Yes, you heard me right. I wrote about how to create space in your house last week, let’s also create some space in your life. For me, this month is crazy busy, probably the busiest I’ve been since I quit working 70 hours a week at the gym. I realized that my long to-do lists were going to drive me into the ground if I didn’t get ahold of them, especially this month. So, I started by making a list of the five most important things I need to get each done. (This is pretty planned out for me since I know my blog, freelance, and teaching schedule ahead of time.) After trying that out for a day, I reduced all the tasks to four per day. This allows me to have a chance to check my email, have lunch with a friend, and work with both my Hungry Hobby RD & DTFN clients without running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Sometimes, you have to decide to do less to be able to do more. I can now be there for my clients and students fully, turn in high-quality work, and feel better about my productivity than when I was doing more. In addition to asking for a little help, it might be the best thing since slow cooker wings.
Crockpot BBQ Wings
Make this an ultra easy dinner – there is enough sugar in the sauce that you probably (unless you are an ultra athlete that just got in your practice before downing these) don’t need to worry about adding a starch, pair these wings with raw veggies like carrots and celery. Easy one pan dinner is done!
Slow Cooker BBQ Wings
- 24 wings & drumsticks
- 1.25 cup barbecue sauce
- 1T starch (I used tapioca, but cornstarch will work)
- Mix barbecue sauce with starch. Pour half mixture into slow cooker.
- Make sure wings are defrosted and VERY dry. Pat them dry with paper towels before putting them into the slow cooker.
- Pour the other half of the mixture on top of the wings in the slow cooker.
- Cook on high for two hours or low for four hours (I did the latter).
- Once wings are ready, if the sauce is too thin you can pour out the half and add another 1/2 cup of thick barbecue sauce. This is what I did!
Want more traditional wings? Try My Baked Jamaican Jerk Wings