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Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings + Football Party Spread!

Hi peoples! So, yesterday Jeremy and I went all out and had this super fun football party! I made a TON of football style food.

Mostly 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 got a kick out of decorating for our football party and devouring all the yummy treats I made! One of the stand out dishes were definitely these amazing chicken wings made with Beer!

Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings

Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings + Football Party Spread! #shop #cbias

You guys! 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 that has more beer in it! 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!

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Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings


  • 1 large package chicken wings cut into flats and drumettes, tips removed
  • 1 bottle beer
  • 2 Tbls bbq seasoning any brand will do
  • Drunken BBQ sauce:
  • 1 1/2 Cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/4 Cup ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup beer I used Bud Light
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Layer wings in 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.
  3. When wings are cooking place all the ingredients for the sauce in a sauce pan.
  4. Whisk together so ingredients combine and place over medium heat, stirring until the brown sugar dissolves.
  5. Let mixture come to a bowl for 3 minutes and continue to stir. Take sauce off the heat and let cool until ready to baste chicken wings.
  6. After the wings have cooked for 5 hours, place on a sheet tray and place in a pre heated 350 degree over. Let cook for 30 minutes, so most of the cooking liquid from the slow cooker evaporates.
  7. Turn wings over with a tong, and brush with bbq sauce. Let cook 20 minutes. Take wings out again and flip, basting in more sauce. Let cook an additional 20 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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It may seem like a long time to cook these wings but believe me they are worth it! It is a perfect recipe to use for a game day like we had, while the wings were in the slow cooker I was able to throw together everything else needed for the party!

Check it out, I think I may have gone a little crazy:

Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings + Football Party Spread! #shop #cbias

Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings + Football Party Spread! #shop #cbias

So yea, I’m a Bears fan which you would never guess from these pictures. Jeremy is a die hard Packer. Exhibit A:

Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings + Football Party Spread! #shop #cbias

Things can get pretty interesting with him and my family, LOL. It’s all in good fun and having all this delicious food helps to bring us together!

Here is a little break down of our spread:

Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings + Football Party Spread! #shop #cbias

Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings + Football Party Spread! #shop #cbiasRoasted Garlic Goat Cheese Pinwheels with marinara for dipping, cream cheese stuffed mushrooms on top of the cheese head, in the front, little sausages drenched in drunken bbq sauce and Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings!

Slow Cooker Drunken Bbq Chicken Wings + Football Party Spread! #shop #cbiasChips with Roasted Garlic Cream Cheese Dip, Puppy Chow and Triple Chocolate Blondies!

Whew, it was like a mini Thanksgiving going on in here, and I have the pile of dishes to prove it! But, I really love how everything came out and the food, if I do say so myself, was delicious!

I’m thinking about doing something similar to this again for the SuperBowl, do you have any SuperBowl traditions?? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below and get some more fun ideas!

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44 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Sharon says:
    December 16, 2013

    I can’t wait to try these, Dana! Hopefully, my Baltimore Ravens make the playoffs and I can make these when they are playing in the Super Bowl game.

  2. avatar
    Tisha says:
    December 16, 2013

    Wow! This looks delish! Chicken and beer combo..something new I need to try. Must be really worth the long wait.

  3. avatar
    Julia says:
    December 17, 2013

    I didn’t realize that wings could be done in a crockpot. They look good!

  4. avatar
    December 17, 2013

    I love the name of this dish! I want to see the chicken wings walking around the table all drunk-like and stuff. You’re not a Packers fan, are you? I’m an Aaron Rodgers fan. Not gonna lie. Hubba Hubba!

  5. avatar
    Melanie says:
    December 17, 2013

    These look delicious! I’m a Bears fan too – let’s hope we make it to the big game!

  6. avatar
    Shannon says:
    December 17, 2013

    Perfect food for all the bowl games in the next few weeks!

  7. avatar
    Stephanie says:
    December 19, 2013

    These looks delicious!! My husband needs to take appetizers to a work thing and these are perfect!

  8. avatar
    December 21, 2013

    Your part looked super fun. And the name for your recipe is hilar! Thanks for linking up to the all things pretty Thursday link up.

  9. avatar
    December 22, 2013

    I would have never guessed bud made such good looking chicken wings. Thanks for bringing them to foodie friday.

  10. avatar
    December 24, 2013

    My boys love wings so this will be something to make for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  11. avatar
    December 25, 2013

    These wings look so good & I love that they can be made in the crock pot! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you so much for sharing these at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned!

  12. avatar
    Dale says:
    December 27, 2013

    Making these for New Years Eve! We’re Bears fans too!

  13. avatar
    December 28, 2013

    Saw a post about this recipe on FB and got here as fast as I could. I can’t wait to try this one, especially since it can be made in the slow cooker, making it just that much easier!

  14. avatar
    Jennifer says:
    December 30, 2013

    My husband is obsessed with wings so I have to try these! They look amazing!

  15. avatar
    Sarah says:
    December 30, 2013

    This recipe looks amazing. The great thing about cooking them in the slow cooker, is you know they are cooked all the way through! Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe, I can’t wait to try these!

    • avatar
      December 31, 2013

      Definitely! To me sometimes wings can be a little chewy, cooking then low and slow guarantees a super moist and tender wing!

  16. avatar
    Chrissy says:
    December 31, 2013

    Yum! These look delicious!

  17. avatar
    lynda haeske says:
    December 31, 2013

    How many pounds of wings is the 1 large package of wings? These look so yummy! Thanks!!

  18. avatar
    christine says:
    January 1, 2014

    Thanks so much for sharing these on The Wednesday Roundup (2 long weeks ago). I can’t wait to try them. Don’t forget to come by today and grab your badge of honor (feature button) because these are BEING FEATURED!!! YaY! TheWednesdayRoundup

  19. avatar
    January 1, 2014

    These look delicious…I love my slow cooker and this would be perfect for a party thanks for sharing!


  20. avatar
    Raging Cajun says:
    January 3, 2014

    These do look amazing but I hate ketchup and there is a whole lot of it in this recipe. Do you think I could use something else?

    • avatar
      January 3, 2014

      Honestly, the end result tastes absolutely nothing like ketchup itself so do keep that in mind. The only thing MAYBE you could substitute would be regular tomato sauce but I don’t think it will be nearly as good or taste the same. So sorry, I wish I had a better answer!

  21. avatar
    Krista Low says:
    January 6, 2014

    Wow Miss Dana! Looks like you throw one heck of a party! I love that you cooked the wings in the slow cooker for most of the time. A lot of them have to be fried and I just hate to do that. Looks like ya’ll had an amazing time ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. avatar
    Tabitha says:
    January 18, 2014

    These look yummy. I love trying home made BBQ sauces. Just one question… Or maybe 2 :). The 5 hours in the slow cooker on high or low? Mine has 4 settings: 4hr & 6 hr high and 8hr &10 hr low… Also my only issue with slow cooking is whenever I do bone in chicken it just falls right off the bone, is this an issue with these?

    • avatar
      January 19, 2014

      I would set yours to 4 hour high, I cooked mine on 5 hours low. These didn’t fall completely off the bone but they are very tender, just be careful when you take them out of the slow cooker. I would use a slotted spoon to help. Thanks for the questions and coming by!!

  23. avatar
    Stephanie says:
    January 27, 2014

    These wings are the most awesome wings that I have ever tasted! The bbq sauce is so rich and tasty that you fill up quickly ๐Ÿ™‚ I used 5 lbs of wings. I browned the wings before putting in the crock pot- put them in my crockpot and only needed to cook them on high 3 hours. Put them in the oven for 15 minutes and then brushed on the bbq sauce. Baked another 10 minutes turned and basted on the other side-baked 10 minutes more. They were cooked perfectly and so delicious!

    • avatar
      January 28, 2014

      YAY, so glad you enjoyed them, thanks for letting us know how they came out!

    • avatar
      Lindsay says:
      July 25, 2014

      How did you “brown” them?

  24. avatar
    Christine says:
    September 7, 2014

    did you use thawed or frozen wings? looking forward to making these for my sons birthday party!

    • avatar
      September 7, 2014

      They were thawed, he will looove them!!

      • avatar
        Christine says:
        September 17, 2014

        awesome! thanks girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. avatar
    Colleen says:
    October 31, 2014

    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!!!

    • avatar
      November 1, 2014

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

  26. avatar
    Jenna says:
    December 31, 2014

    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!!

    • avatar
      December 31, 2014

      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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