These slow cooker BBQ chicken wings are perfect for meal prep, or for a healthy appetizer or snack. They’ve got a Hawaiian spin to add some exciting flavor to the BBQ, only a few simple ingredients in a crockpot, and are Whole30, paleo and gluten-free. This is a great hands-off method to cook an easy chicken recipe everyone will love.
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Cooking wings in the slow cooker is a great hands-off way to prep a big batch of chicken wings without heating up your house. They aren’t fried, which helps make them healthier, too. With this low and slow method of cooking, the meat gets really tender and juicy!
Ingredients for Slow Cooker BBQ Wings
You’ll need 3-4 pounds of chicken wings. You can buy them fresh or frozen. Frozen is generally easier because they come in wings and drummies whereas fresh wings typically have to be cut yourself by dividing them and clipping off the tip of the wing. If you use frozen wings, they will need to be thawed first.
To add the Hawaiian BBQ spin to these wings, you’ll also need a can of sliced pineapples and Hawaiian BBQ sauce from Primal Kitchen. This BBQ sauce is Whole30 Approved, organic and full of flavor. We love it because it’s sugar-free and doesn’t use any junky additives. (Check it out on their website, and use the code “PALEOBAILEY” for a discount at checkout!)
Making the Whole30 Wings
First you’ll want to pat the wings dry so there’s not any additional excess moisture going into the slow cooker. Cooking in a crockpot retains that liquid so you want to get as much water off as possible from the wings before going in. Next, salt and pepper the wings liberally with some onion powder, and then add the wings to the slow cooker.
The last steps are to add in 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce, mix it around to coat the wings, and then place the pineapple slices on top. This process couldn’t be easier! Now you’ll place the lid on, and cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for about 4.
At the end, the wings will be very tender and juicy. If you’d like to crisp them up, grab a sheet pan and lay them out on it in even rows. Brush the remaining 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce over the wings and broil them for 3-5 minutes, or until they’re at your desired level of crispiness.
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- 3–4 lbs. chicken wings (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup Primal Kitchen Hawaiian Style BBQ Sauce (or more to taste)
- 4 canned pineapple slices
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Salt and pepper
- First, pat the wings dry and season liberally with salt and pepper
- Add the wings to the slow cooker and pour in 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce. Stir to evenly coat
- Place 4 pineapple slices over the top of the wings and cover the slow cooker with the lid
- Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 4 hours
- Once done, discard the pineapple. To crisp: transfer the wings to a baking sheet, brush the remaining 1/4 cup BBQ over the wings and broil them for 2-5 minutes depending on your preference for how crispy they are
- If using frozen wings, thaw them first before adding to the slow cooker
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