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3 Ingredients Easy Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

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Updated 1/5/2021

BBQ Chicken Wings with a little char on them piled into a serving pan
Best Ever Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

My 3 Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings recipe is our go-to for an easy scrumptious party or game day food any time of the year!

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I can’t even tell you how many times I have made this easy recipe for my own family and they still enjoy them. It is one of our favorite recipes for any time of the year.

We like just a tiny bit of char on our Chicken Wings. The secret to making delicious Crockpot BBQ Wings is in the final step!

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Ingredient List for making these Chicken Wings

  1. Coca Cola
  2. Chicken wings
  3. BBQ Sauce

A bag of bone in, skin on Chicken Wing Drummettes

The Wings I Cook

  • Bone in,
  • Skin on
  • Store brand Chicken Wing Drummettes  They come in 2 1/2 lb. bags and I usually cook two for my family

The Crockpot to use

 I use a 6 quart Crockpot like this one for this recipe with 5 lbs. of wings and they fit comfortably.

Frozen Chicken wings in the slow cooker with liquid being poured over them

How To Cook Crockpot Chicken Wings

No need to thaw the chicken wings. They thaw and cook at the same time. I always rinse my chicken first.

Raw chicken wings being rinsed off in a colander in the sink
Rinse the wings gently with running water

Place the chicken wings in a big colander in the sink and rinse with slow running water to remove any ice crystals which may be on them from the freezer. This colander (affiliate) looks exactly like mine which is large enough to hold all the wings at once.

Use low water pressure, don’t turn the water on full force, so you won’t splash chicken water all over the place. But just to be safe please wash the sink and counters around it any time you have rinsed chicken prior to cooking. 

DO NOT THAW

Do not thaw the wings prior to cooking! They thaw, cook and soak up flavor all at one time in just 2 or 3 hours! 

Add your frozen wings to the Crockpot after rinsing them in a colander. 

Cover with the cola. When we have Coke on hand that is what I use but the store brand and even diet cola works just fine also. Folks have contacted me to say they even used Sprite and it worked well too.

The wings are going to create their own juice while cooking so you only want to barely cover with cola. The combination of the chicken juices and the cola will create a tender juicy deliciousness in your BBQ Wings!

Boiled chicken wings being drained in a colander in the sink

The next step after Slow Cooking

Drain the cooked wings well in the colander before adding the BBQ sauce. Carefully remove the wings from the slow cooker. I use a large slotted spoon  like this one (affiliate link) 

Do not use tongs to remove the wings from the slow cooker. They are very tender and will fall apart easily. A slotted spoon is best because it allows the juice to drip back into the pot.

The last step to making slow cooker BBQ Chicken Wings

Wings on baking pan slathered with BBQ sauce. Ready for the oven

Line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.

Place chicken wings out in rows, in a single layer on your prepared sheet pan. Brush with your favorite barbeque sauce. We like Sweet Baby Rays which you can find on Amazon right here

Now let’s bake on that yummy sauce.

Place into oven preheated to 350°. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they have just a tad of char. We love the char on ours. If you don’t, be sure to remove them from the oven sooner. The end result is finger licking delicious chicken wings!

Also See how to make these into Lemon Pepper Wings

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A white dinner plate full of BBQ Chicken Wings

a foil pan filled with BBQ Chicken Wings

Kitchen Tips

When we have a big crowd and I cook a lot of wings I serve them from disposable aluminum pans like these for easy clean up. Just sit the tongs by the pan and step out of the way! Everyone loves these slow cooker wings!

Use Slow cooker liners for easy clean-up. I l-o-v-e them and don’t dare ever run out of them.

BBQ wings served on a plate
BBQ wings served on a plate

Make this crowd pleaser for the super bowl, a family dinner or even as an appetizer. This recipe will be one of your family favorites to make a regular rotation on your meal plan.

3 Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings

3 Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings

Easy recipe for BBQ Chicken Wings. Only 3 Ingredients and best of all it is a Crockpot recipe!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Additional Time 10 mins
Total Time 19 mins
Calories 169 kcal

Equipment

  • Crockpot SCV803-SS 8 quart Manual Slow Cooker with 16 oz Little Dipper Food Warmer, Stainless Steel
  • Wilton Performance Pans Aluminum Large Sheet Cake Pan, 12 x 18-Inch
  • Basting Brush Silicone Heat Resistant Pastry Brushes Spread Oil Butter Sauce Marinades for BBQ Grill Barbecue Baking Kitchen Cooking, Baste Pastries Cakes Meat Desserts, Dishwasher safe, Set of 4
  • Aluminum Pans 9×13 Disposable Foil Pans (30 Pack) – Half Size Steam Table Deep Pans – Tin Foil Pans Great for Cooking, Heating, Storing, Prepping Food
  • Reynolds Kitchens Premium Slow Cooker Liners – 13 x 21 Inch, 12 Packages of 4 Liners (48 Count)

Ingredients
  

  • 12-16 chicken wings do not thaw
  • 1 can Coke
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce we use Sweet Baby Ray’s

Instructions
 

  • Turn Crockpot on low. (I like this Crockpot with great ratings)
  • Pour the can of Coke into the crockpot.
  • Place all of the chicken wings into the Coke.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove wings from Crockpot onto a baking pan covered with foil.
  • Brush wings generously with BBQ sauce
  • Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes, just until the BBQ is heated.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Side Dishes to serve with BBQ Chicken Wings


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75 Comments

  1. Great recipe! These are simple, not time consuming and delicious! I let mine cook for 3 hours in the crock pot as suggested, and mine were done in that time. They were not falling apart. Now, when I placed them in the oven I did reapply the BBQ sauce after 15 minutes to do the other side. I let them stay another 15 for the other side. To get that done “crunch” look, I put them on “Broil” and watched them. My twin boys of 20 both loved them! Thank you! Will do these again! Pam

  2. Can you put these back int he crock pot to keep warm after you oven cook them? Or will they over cook and stick to the pot?

    1. I do not recommend putting them back into the Crockpot. They may in fact become overcooked. You may consider covering the pan with foil and putting them into the oven on the Warm setting only for a short time.

  3. Those sound amazing and so easy! I often crisp up meat/ chicken/ etc in the oven after taking out of the crock pot and I can see how it would make such a huge difference with this recipe. Pinned and Shared.

    1. Shelby, if you have already thawed them, they won’t take too long to cook. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t fall apart. Since I always cook them frozen, I do not know how long it will take to cook them thawed. Let me know!

  4. You had me at crockpot! These look amazing!!!! Perfect for a bbq or potluck. Thanks for sharing this recipe on Whimsical Wednesday Link Party!

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