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Simple Crock Pot Honey Barbecue Wings

“Left wing, chicken wing, it don’t make no difference to me.”
-Woody Guthrie
We are not SPICY people.
We ALL LOVE wings but none of us can handle the heat.
Having a large family means that we often have extra kiddos or other families over at the last minute.
Our get togethers almost always end up involving lots of food, or at the very least some yummy snacks.
Have you ever been in the middle of a project only to find out someone is coming to dinner or you suddenly are expecting a living room full of event watchers that will expect snacks?
Me too… it’s a terrifying rushed feeling BUT now I have a little trick to help me along. :)

Costco Chicken Wings


When I’m at Costco I make sure to pick up a bag of chicken wings for the freezer.


I find excellent deals on wings at my local market as well. 

Watch sale ads closely and you can often pick up bags of chicken for under $3.00!

***Use 5 Pounds of Chicken Wings***

(That is 2 of the average sized Frozen chicken wing bags or about half of the Costco size… to make it easy.)

Turn your Crock Pot on HIGH.

Spray the inside of your Crock Pot with cooking spray or grease your favorite way to prevent sticking.

If you are using frozen chicken wings- Break them apart inside the bag so that they don’t pour out in a solid lump.

If you are using fresh chicken wings- Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper, spread your chicken wings out across it. Sprinkle with Lawry’s Garlic Salt and Pepper and pop them under your oven broiler on high for 5 minutes before placing into your Crock Pot. It gives them a nice crisp.

In large bowl whisk together:

2 1/2 Cups of Honey

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

2 Cups of your favorite Barbecue Sauce

1/4 Cup Oil

2 Teaspoons crushed Garlic

When well blended pour your sauce over your chicken wings inside your crock pot, put the lid on.

Let it cook for 3 hours.

I ALWAYS serve chicken wings with celery and ranch dressing.

Wings seem to put my people in a nibbling and dipping mood.

I take advantage of that and always try to throw together a nice veggie tray to sit next it the wings.

People seem to sit down and then absent minded they start snacking on the healthy spread without realising what they are up to. :)

The last time I served this, I did the math and costed it out.

It was about $4.90 to serve a snack to 9 kids and 3 adults.

Everyone RAVED about the wings!

I was thrilled that I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen while everyone else was visiting.

It was even better when the clean up took me no time at all!

REMEMBER: Spicy people can always ADD hot sauce but when you make them hot, there are many people who can not eat them.

These wings are a hit at our house and I’m sure they will be come a tradition in yours as well!

Don’t forget the paper towels! 😉

Enjoy your wings,




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  1. marcia

    Do we cook the chicken.frozen or unfrozen under the brouler

    1. Meg

      You can do it either way. More often than not I cook them frozen because I’m usually tossing them together last minute.

    2. Kevin

      Do you cook your wings in the crockpot on the lowest setting, med, high?

      1. Meg

        Cook on HIGH for 3 hours. :)

  2. Miranda

    If you cook them frozen they turn out the exact same? They don’t taste any different?

    I was about to throw them in now. This looks amazinggg :)
    My family is obsessed with wings.

    1. Meg

      There is always a difference using fresh vs. frozen in my opinion. However,I’ve made them from fresh as well as frozen and most people like the frozen chicken best. My hubby says it’s because most wings you order when your out are frozen so we have a taste for it that way. I like fresh. Most of the family would rather frozen. Go with what works best for you. :)

  3. Kelly

    What kind of oil do you use?

    1. Meg

      Regular old veggie oil :)

  4. Kelly

    Thank you for your response! I have them in the crockpot right now!!!!! :)

  5. christine

    iF you are using frozen wings, do you still put them under the broiler? Do you defrost first?

    1. Meg

      Nope. You only stick the fresh wings under the broiler if you want a little crisp to them. The frozen wings get tossed right on into the Crock Pot. :)

  6. Natalie

    In one place it says cook on high, later on in comments it reads on low. Which one?
    I will be using a full bag of the Costco chicken wings – double your sauce recipe?
    What time/setting do you recommend? Bringing these into work on Friday for an Office Super Bowl party. Plan to start them early in the morning & have by 12 noon.
    Your advice greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks you.

    1. Meg

      Thanks for catching that so I could fix it! Cook them on HIGH. Double all but the oil and plan on allowing more time to cook. The beauty of crock pot wing is that when the are done and then sit warming in the pot, the flavor just gets richer. I would start them no later than 7am for noon serving so you allow for the extra wing time. If you feel they are done before, just turn it down to warm with the top still and they’ll happily stay hot in their sauce.

  7. Elizabeth

    will be making this tomorrow for the big game, go Niners!!! I will only be making a smaill amount 1.5lb half a bag. I will broil for 5 min. any suggestions on crockpot cooking time?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    1. Meg

      I haven’t done a smaller batch so I’m not exactly sure. I would check them about 2 hours in. It’s my guess but plan in your mind for them to take 2.5 hours to be on the safe side. When done just turn down and they continue to marinate in the sauce. There will be an excess of sauce when you use a smaller amount of wings so you might want some extra paper towels. :)
      Cut the oil down to 3 Tablespoons because we’re going to want a thicker sticky sauce to grab the wing rather getting lost in an oily sauce with not as much meat. Gosh I hope that makes sense. :)

  8. lee

    I s it 1/2 cup or 2 1/2cup of honey. It it is 2 1/2 have you tried it with less and how was it?

    1. Meg

      It’s 2 1/2 cups of honey. Almost any recipe can be messed with and still turn out just fine. If you decrease the honey, decrease your oil to 2-3 tablespoons as well. The oil helps to break down the sticky of the honey and w/o that much honey you wont need so much oil. I question if the soy sauce should be decreased as well because w/o as much honey you will not need the salt but then we’re skidding towards just bbq wing territory. Use a BBQ sauce that is on the sweeter side & not thin because the balance of sweet vs. savory will be thrown off a bit. I can’t tell you the exact recipe without having tried it myself but in theory using less honey may thin the sauce out a bit. It’ll still taste good but might not be as sweet. If your sauce has trouble sticking without as much honey. You can put them under the broiler for a couple of minutes AFTER they are done and the sauce should crispy right to the wing. Honestly if you use a BBQ sauce you enjoy in the first place, they will turn out with a delightful flavor. :)

  9. beth

    That seems like an awful lot of honey. Have you ever tried cutting it in half? I want to make these when we go camping next week. I know 2.5 cups will be too much for my family, but i dont want to experiment. Have you ever tried it with just 1 cup of honey?

    1. Meg

      I haven’t but you might find a better guide to decreasing the honey in my answer to the comment above this one. Enjoy your camping trip! I’d toss everything together at home in Ziploc bags so it takes up less room to pack. Then toss them in the Crock Pot when your ready.

  10. Belinda

    I did this recipe and love it however I have a lot of sauce
    Should the sauce have cooked down. Put it in at 1030 and now at almost 230 still lots of liquid.
    Any suggestions?

    1. Meg

      There is some shrinkage to the sauce but it does remain saucy.
      It also depends on how much ice was on the wings when they went into the Crockpot. I made a batch one time and didn’t realize there was quite a bit of ice from freezing and there was a tremendous amount of sauce.
      Pop them under the broiler for a moment before serving if you feel they need to crisp.

  11. brian

    were gonna try boneless wings with ur recipe. have u tried it before? i was thinking the time will prolly have to be a little less. ill let u know how they turn out

    1. Meg

      Never tried it with boneless wings. Keep me posted! :)

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