The Best Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken 🍗| Potluck Recipes | Cooking Up Love

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is perfect for quick & easy family dinners and the best potluck recipe! In under 3 hours, this crockpot bbq chicken is deliciously tender and ready to eat.

We start with chicken legs and chicken thighs, dust them with a flavor packed bbq sweet and spicy dry rub, spread on some Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce and cook in the crock pot for 2 ½ to 3 hours. This slow cooker bbq chicken recipe is one of my favorite potluck recipes for finger licking goodness everyone will enjoy 🍗😋! Get the napkins ready and celebrate summer, Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day with this amazing bbq chicken and watch your family devour it’s sticky goodness 🙌



2 lbs chicken thighs and chicken legs
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons brown sugar (I added one more tablespoon for a sweeter rub)
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
Olive Oil spray
Your favorite BBQ Sauce (I’m using Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce)

Our crockpot bbq chicken recipe is super easy and starts with dusting 2 pounds of chicken legs and chicken thighs with the dry rub. To make the dry rub, mix the dry spices together. Taste a little bit of the mixture to see if you like the combination of flavors. I like a slightly more sweet bbq rub for our chicken, so I’ve added a one more tablespoon of brown sugar. If you like a spicier bbq chicken, add a bit more chili powder, black pepper or a touch of cayenne pepper.

Prepare the crockpot with a coating of spray oil.

Dust the chicken thighs and chicken legs with the rub, and layer it into the prepared crockpot. Drizzle on the Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce, and spread it gently over the chicken using a basting brush or the back of a spoon. Don’t add additional liquid to the slow cooker, the chicken will release juices as it cooks.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 ½ to 3 hours until the chicken is cooked through or reaches an internal temperature of 165F. After the chicken is done cooking in the slow cooker, I add a little more bbq sauce and pop it under the broiler or onto the grill for a few minutes to crisp the skin.

If you’re taking this crockpot barbecue chicken to a potluck or picnic, you can cook the chicken in the crockpot or slow cooker until it’s finished, then take the chicken to your event and finish it on the grill there!

Thank you so much for watching! I’ll see you in the next video!

xoxo Annie ♥

Hi! I’m Annie and every day I’m in the kitchen making real life, great food that’s super delicious, super simple and practically no-fail! I’m not a pro, but I’ve been in the kitchen for many, many years making meals that really work with busy family schedules. We’re sharing our recipes so our children, family and friends can confidently make the dishes we’ve enjoyed over the years and share them within their own circles of love. 🥰

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Salimah Jackson says:

This is awesome I just came across your Channel looking for quick recipes especially with the lifestyle of today's so busy on the go but they have a good meal on the table thank you for step by step😍👌

Xoxo. Tini says:

Looks amazing. For approx how many minutes did you have them in the oven? 5?

Mita M says:

I found this recipe two weeks ago and I made it twice already, it's a keeper 😋😋😆😆

Anthony Gates says:

I tried this recipe for the second time tonight. The first time I wasn't as pleased with the recipe as I thought I would be. Perhaps my expectations were too high. But I vowed to try it again at a later date. So this weekend I tried it again. But since I didn't have any garlic powder I had to do without. And this time, when it was done cooking I placed the chicken under the broiler (on high) for about 10 minutes before serving it. This time I thought it tasted a little better! What I was wondering was what you do with the cooker drippings after you're done? Did you throw them out or save them to baste another chicken dish?

Bear man says:

whats the point cooking in slow cooker if you have to put it in the oven?

alishavirgo says:

I def will be making this with Cole slaw and baked beans

Abi HT says:

as soon as i tasted the dryrub i knew this was gonna be amazing

Lisa McClintock says:

Could you cook this on low for a longer amount of time and it still turn out right?

W DJ says:

You have great recipes!!

Michael R says:

Nice thank you ! & you have a nice voice ❤ ❤ ❤

Mea says:

So to confirm, no water?

jane doe says:

Thanks for dry rub recipe I was on sold the Sweet Baby Ray

Tina M says:

What changes would you make for chicken breast?

Bianca Renee says:

If I don’t have a broiler or grill how could I make it crispy ? Would the oven work ?

Sulu says:

Can you make the rub without sugar?

Donna Bittner says:

Thanks for this easy recipe! I definitely needed something fun and delicious to eat while isolating because of Covid !
I had all of the ingredients! Yummy!

Kelly Beres says:

I am so happy I clicked on your channel cause I was looking for a drumstick slow cooker recipe and yours look yummy and the best so I’m making mine right now ..I love these kind of videos..I’m a new subscriber can’t wait for more…o and if you are a mom Happy Mother’s Day 🙂🙏

Sharon Browne says:

Had this tonight was really good.

C F says:

Just made these, it was excellent! The thighs practically fall apart they are so tender. I made a triple batch more of the rub so I can just throw it on chicken in the future. Well done!!

historyturtle20 says:

If you don't have a broiler or grill how can you make them "crispy" like? Toss them in a regular non-stick pan?

earthworm85 says:

My goto bbq chicken recipe. Thank you for this. It's quick, simple, easy and delicious ❤️🙏

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