Sunday, November 5, 2017

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Wings (With Video)

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Wings are so tender the meat falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. You get the best of both worlds with this bold barbecue sauce. Made in the crockpot you won't find an easier recipe!  They just about cook themselves.

Check out the video above the recipe to see how easy this Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Wings is to make!

The spicy chili pepper paste and the honey and brown sugar come together to create the perfect sweet and spicy coating. After the wings are slow cooked, I broil them in the oven until the glaze is gloriously caramelized and sticky.

These wings can be prepped ahead and then warmed in the slow cooker for serving. There’s no frying, no mess. Easy stress-free recipes are one of the steps to the ultimate party, because who needs all that extra work anyway?

Oh, and no frying means they must be healthier, so you can eat more. Am I right or am I right?

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Check out how easy our Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Wings are. Watch the video!!!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Wings
from The Simple Kitchen Cookbook by Chad and Donna Elick

SERVES 6  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 2 Hours 15 Min

1/4 cup good honey
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2–3 tablespoons chili pepper paste, to taste
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 pounds fresh chicken wing drumettes*

In a 5-quart slow cooker on low, add the honey, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, chili pepper, salt and garlic. Stir to combine. Add the chicken wings. Stir until the wings are well-coated. Cover and cook for 1 to 2 hours on high (or 2½ to 3 hours on low), until the wings are cooked through.

Remove the wings from the slow cooker and place on a baking sheet lined with foil. 
Transfer the sauce from the slow cooker to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the sauce until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then slather the thickened sauce over the wings.

Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce starts to darken and caramelize. And don’t leave the oven. Broiling can go from caramelized to burned in a blink, just trust me on this one. Open the oven and brush another layer of sauce on the wings and broil again. Repeat until you have three layers of sauce on the wings. Remove from the oven.

*You can use frozen wings; the cook time will be 2 to 3 hours on high (4 to 6 hours on low).

DONNA’S SIMPLE KITCHEN TIP: I use the “stir-in” chili pepper paste from a tube; it is found in the produce department by the herbs. You can also find chili pepper paste in tubes in the Italian food aisle.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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  1. My favorite TSRI recipe is the Bruschetta with Olivada: I love the simplicity of this, it is something everyone would love, and it is not complicated. #TheSimpleKitchen
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  3. Anything with goat cheese! Goat cheese smothered in fresh made fig jam is to die for. :)

  4. I just adore chicken wings, so my favorite is the sweet and spicy barbeque wings.

  5. I love my Grandmother's hot artichoke dip most. It's amazing and always stirs the best memories of her :) Happy Autumn! Cheers!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  6. blackberry pepper jelly on cream cheese--yum!

  7. jalapeno poppers are a favourite appetizer of mine!

  8. My favorite TSRI recipe is the Caramel Spiced Pumpkin Trifle.

  9. I love a good hot cheesy artichoke spinach dip and any kind of chicken wings!

  10. My favourite TSRI appetizer is Garlic Parmesan Cheesy Sausage Bombs. THey definitely are the BOMB!!!

  11. my favorite appetizer is stuffed mushrooms!!

  12. Cheese sticks and mainara are what our kids and grandkids love, thanks.

  13. I would like to try these sweet and spicy BBQ wings. I love using my crockpot, these would be great for Sunday afternoon football. Simple and easy to make. Looking forward to making them.

  14. I love and thank you for your Lazy Day Salsa. This recipe is almost exactly like the one I had many years ago and lost.

  15. I like cream cheese bean dip or stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer.

  16. The 7 Layer Mexican Bean dip is my favorite TSRI recipe.

  17. My favorite appetizer is bacon wrapped jalapenos filled with cream cheese and cooked on the grill.

  18. Any of the recipes that are gluten or wheat free due to the allergy that I have. tanning318atgmaildotcom

  19. I love love love the wings. I don't cook them often but am willing to try them again.

  20. Wow‼️The wings look delicious and I will need to try them for Christmas.
    I love little wieners and meatballs in barbecue sauce. Thank you for the video and recipe.

  21. I would say that the Copycat Fried Pickles are my favorite appetizer - they whet your appetite without filling you too much to enjoy your meal!

  22. LOVE the Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Copycat Recipe!

  23. I second the stuffed mushrooms! We also like to have hot wings with blue cheese dip & raw cut veggies.

  24. I like to make your 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough and after baking it, cover it with your Garlic Lemon Shrimp! Oh, man, so good!

  25. Tortilla Roll-ups

  26. My favorite appetizer from your site is Parmesan Herb Bread Sticks!

    waytoomanycat @ gmail . com

  27. My favorite appetizers are anything with cream cheese as the base; dips are really my favorite. One that comes to mind is crab dip made with cream cheese as the bottom layer, cocktail sauce in the middle and dungenous crab layered on top served with some type of buttery cracker. My stomach just growled thinking about it!

  28. My favorite appetizers are anything with cream cheese as the base; dips to be exact. One dip that comes to mind has a layer of cream cheese on the bottom, cocktail sauce in the middle and dungeonous crab layered over the top served on a crisp, buttery cracker! YUM! My stomach just growled thinking about it!

  29. These chicken wings look to die for. Can't wait to try them. My favorite easiest Appetizer is bacon wrapped water chestnuts with barbecue dipping sauce

  30. I really like the Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

  31. I love your one-pot pasta dishes...yum!

  32. Bruschetta is my favorite!

  33. Your wings look delicious! I like your recipe for Cheesy Monte Cristo Bombs

  34. My favorite tsri appetizer recipe is Jalapeño Popper Cheesy Pretzel Bombs and one of my favorite recipes is cowboy caviar.

  35. My favorite appetizer is wings. I like all flavors and cannot wait to try this recipe. Email is

  36. Hot sausage dip with tortilla chips. Cathy at the Schiffman’s dot com


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