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Pieces of chicken covered in BBQ sauce inside a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Thighs with Homemade BBQ Sauce

These delicious slow cooked BBQ chicken thighs can be made with just simple ingredients that you can find around your kitchen.
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Crock Pot chicken, pulled chicken, slow cooker chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 393kcal
Author Victor


  • 12 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks, or 6 leg quarters
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil

For the BBQ sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock (or chicken broth)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Pat dry chicken pieces with paper towels, lightly season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Heat two tablespoons of cooking oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add the chicken skin side down and cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to slow cooker.
  • Combine all of the ingredient for the BBQ sauce in a small bowl and whisk.
  • Pour BBQ sauce over chicken.
  • Set the slow cooker to Low and cook for 5-6 hours, or until the chicken is very tender.
  • Serve immediately, or set the slow cooker to 'warm' until ready to serve.


If using chicken broth, reduce the amount of salt by half and taste. Add more if necessary.


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.6mg