This sweet and flavorful chicken is delicious!
I have a friend who recently requested a healthy recipe for grilled chicken in the slow cooker. She couldn’t decide if she wanted sweet or spicy, so we opted for a bit of both! This is how we created our spicy slow cooker barbecue drumsticks. They’re a touch of the spicy side, but they’re balanced with a touch of sweetness. So delicious!
Homemade sauce makes all the difference
Our homemade barbecue sauce is not only super flavorful, but also the perfect combination of hot and sweet flavors. The spiciness comes from Dijon mustard, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, and chili powder, while it gets its sweetness from honey. While making your own sauce takes a little more effort than buying a bottle in the store, we promise it’s worth the effort!
How to Make Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecue Drumsticks
Making this dish is so easy. It starts by heating some canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Once hot, sauté the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes until tender. Then add tomato sauce, honey, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Let the sauce simmer until it thickens, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking. The sauce is ready after about 30 minutes!
While the sauce is cooking, mix the seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl: chipotle chili powder, dried oregano, cumin, chili powder, ground mustard, paprika, black pepper and cayenne pepper. This mix of spices adds another layer of fantastic flavor to these drumsticks! Grab your skinless drumsticks and coat all sides of each drumstick with the rub-in mixture. Once the sauce is ready, place the drumsticks in the slow cooker and pour the barbecue sauce over them. You can move them a little until the sauce evenly covers all of the drums.
Place the lid on the slow cooker, turn it on, and cook for about three hours, or until the chicken is done. If you have more time, you can cook it on a low heat for five to six hours.
Main course or party snack!
The next time you’re asked to bring an appetizer to a potluck or garden grill, this flavorful rotisserie chicken is a great option. Of course, if you’re enjoying this classic American BBQ recipe as a main course, or hosting a BBQ with family and friends, you will need some side dishes! Do not worry; We are there for you there too! Try any or all of these healthier, homemade side dishes:
You can’t go wrong with a delicious, mass-produced recipe like this one. Especially when it’s that easy to make!
- 8th Drumsticks Skin removed (optional, 3 split breasts or 6 thighs)
- 1 tablespoon Rapeseed oil
- 1 Sweet onion finely diced
- 1 clove of garlic chopped
- 8th Ounces Tomato sauce can
- 1/4 Cup honey
- 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar Use white balsamic vinegar for gluten free
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Red hot sauce ‘Frank’s Red Hot’ was used in this recipe
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoon Chili powder
- sea-salt taste
- 1 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon Chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- sea-salt taste
In a medium saucepan, add canola oil, place on medium-low heat, and sauté onion and garlic for about 5 minutes until tender. Add the remaining ingredients for the barbecue sauce, stir and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. While the sauce sinks, mix the seasoning mixture and coat all sides of the drumsticks.
After the sauce is cooked and thickened, place the drumsticks in the slow cooker, pour the barbecue sauce over them, and make sure all the drumsticks are covered.
Cover, turn on high, and cook about 3 hours or until cooked through. Or turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 5-6 hours.
SmartPoints (freestyle): 12th
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Editor’s Note: This recipe was originally published on May 26, 2017.