Slow Cook

Slow-Cooker Bourbon BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

June  4, 2019
Photo by Meredith Corporation
Author Notes

Excerpted from Better Homes and Gardens Fast or Slow © 2018 by Meredith Corporation. Photography © 2018 by Meredith Corporation. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. —Food52

  • Cook time 5 hours 5 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Bourbon BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon or apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 chicken drumsticks, skinned, if desired
  • Celery and carrot sticks (optional)
In This Recipe
  1. For the bourbon BBQ sauce, in a small saucepan combine the first six ingredients (through red pepper flakes). Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 5 minutes. Reserve about half the sauce for serving.
  2. For the chicken drumsticks, in a small bowl combine the next six ingredients (through black pepper). Rub seasoning over drumsticks.
  3. Place drumsticks in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Drizzle remaining sauce over chicken, gently stirring to coat. Cover; cook on low 5 to 6 hours or high 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve drumsticks with reserved bourbon BBQ sauce.

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