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Super easy and absolutely delicious these BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Wings are a fun recipe for game day, appetizers for parties or gatherings.

Crock Pot Chicken Wings layered on white plate with sauce on plate.

I love appetizers that you can eat standing and socializing. I love having a fun spread of appetizers to choose from, it makes eating so much more exciting and special!

We really get a kick out of decorating for football parties and devouring all the yummy treats made! One of the stand out dishes have always been these BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Wings!

These wings are super moist and tender on the inside with a sticky bbq caramelized sauce. And the best part? They are slow-cooked in beer for 5 hours and slathered in homemade bbq sauce!

It definitely has a distinct flavor but will have your guests guessing, what is that?! (As they keep hoarding more and more wings! LOL)

They will be sure to talk about these babies in the future and request them at upcoming parties! These wings are always requested and we have no issue making them at all. 

They have been a favorite for many years and they are one of our go-to wing recipes as the flavor is delicious and you can make them any time of the year.

Some of our other favorite appetizers that we have on our site include: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs and Easy Deviled Eggs.

Overhead of BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Wings on white plate.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • With easy-to-find ingredients, these are a breeze to whip up.
  • You can double this recipe depending on how many people you are serving.
  • You can use whole chicken wings or buy wingettes.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Whole chicken wings
Beer
Bbq seasoning 
Light brown sugar
Ketchup
White vinegar
Mustard
Paprika
Salt
Pepper

Ingredients needed to make BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Wings.

HOW TO MAKE BBQ CROCK POT CHICKEN WINGS:

  1. Layer the wings in the slow cooker set on low heat. Between layers, evenly season with bbq seasoning.
  2. When you have layered all the wings, slowly pour in the beer. Let cook for 5 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
  3. When wings are cooking, place the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, beer, mustard, paprika, salt, and pepper in a saucepan and whisk until combined. Place the pan over medium heat, stirring until the brown sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Let the mixture come to a boil for 3 minutes and continue to stir constantly, making sure it doesn’t boil over. Take the sauce off the heat and let cool until ready to baste chicken wings.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large sheet tray with foil.
  5. After the wings have slow-cooked, place them on the prepared sheet tray in a single layer. Let them bake for 30 minutes, so most of the cooking liquid from the slow cooker evaporates.
  6. Turn wings over with a tong, and brush with the bbq sauce. Let them cook for 10 minutes. Take wings out again and flip, basting in more sauce. Let cook for an additional 10 minutes or until caramelized and sticky. 
  7. Serve with any leftover bbq sauce on the side for dipping.
Step by step photos of how to make Chicken Wings.

WHAT IS THE BEST BEER TO USE?

We like to use a lager for this recipe, so some beer ideas that you can use include Coors, Miller Lite or High Life, Heineken and more.

You do not have to use a lager for this recipe, we just love the flavor that it give these wings, feel free to use any beer that you have on hand or like best.

CAN I USE FROZEN CHICKEN WINGS? 

Yes, technically you can. We like to use fresh wings as it takes less time but we have used frozen on occasion for this recipe. We do like to let our frozen wings defrost, so if you are using frozen just place them in the refrigerator the night before making.

You will know when your wings are done when the internal temperature is at 165 degrees F. A kitchen thermometer is a great tool to have on hand.

Close up of BBQ Wings on white plate basted with sauce close up.

HOW TO STORE:

These BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Wings can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can reheat in the microwave for 1-1 1/2 minutes until heated through.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • We like to use a lager for this recipe, we have included some suggestions above but any beer can be used.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled to serve more people.
  • You can use fresh or frozen chicken wings, if using frozen let defrost.
  • You can use whole chicken wings and break down or you can buy wingettes.
  • These can be cooked on low or high depending on your time frame.
  • Use your favorite BBQ seasoning.
Hand holding up one BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Wing.

Looking for that perfect appetizer that you can make for game day or gatherings then you need these BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Wings.

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Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings

Super easy and absolutely delicious these BBQ Crock Pot Chicken Wings are a fun recipe for game day, appetizers for parties or gatherings.
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the sauce:

Instructions

  • Layer the wings in the slow cooker set on low heat. Between layers, evenly season with bbq seasoning.
  • When you have layered all the wings, slowly pour in the beer. Let cook for 5 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
  • When wings are cooking, place the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, beer, mustard, paprika, salt, and pepper in a saucepan and whisk until combined. Place the pan over medium heat, stirring until the brown sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Let the mixture come to a boil for 3 minutes and continue to stir constantly, making sure it doesn’t boil over. Take the sauce off the heat and let cool until ready to baste chicken wings.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large sheet tray with foil.
  • After the wings have slow-cooked, place them on the prepared sheet tray in a single layer. Let them bake for 30 minutes, so most of the cooking liquid from the slow cooker evaporates.
  • Turn wings over with a tong, and brush with the bbq sauce. Let them cook for 10 minutes. Take wings out again and flip, basting in more sauce. Let cook for an additional 10 minutes or until caramelized and sticky.
  • Serve with any leftover bbq sauce on the side for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 750mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg
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44 Comments

  1. This was DELICIOUS!!! The sauce was AMAZING!!! My husband doesn’t like bbq sauce too much, but he really loved this one. This will work very well with ribs. Thank you!!!

  2. YAY, I’m so glad you tried the recipe and loved it. Yes on ribs would be amazing!! Thanks again!!!

  3. Hi, this recipe looks amazing. I’m making them tonight as one of our appitizers for New Year’s Eve. Quick question though, when you say “evenly layer in crockpot with BBQ sauce” is that just BBQ sauce and beer? Then BBQ sauce blend goes on after when you bake? Or do you put the BBQ sauce blend on wings in crockpot too?
    Thank you!!

  4. Evenly layer in the crockpot with the BBQ seasoning then pour on the beer. The sauce comes only when baking in the oven. I hope you like them, thanks!

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