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Slow cooker bbq chicken thighs on a white plate.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


This semi-homemade Crockpot Chicken Thighs Recipe makes the most flavorful fall-off-the-bone tender chicken thighs ever!! Start with your favorite BBQ sauce and level it up with some extra seasoning. This is the perfect busy week night set-it-and-forget budget friendly chicken recipe.


1 tsp Salt (2 g)

1/2 tsp Pepper (1 g)

1/41/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (0.51 g)

1 tsp Garlic Powder (2 g)

1 tsp Onion Powder (2 g)

1 tsp Chipotle Powder (2 g)

1 tbsp Dried Parsley (1.6 g)

2 tbsp Oil (29.58 ml)

4 bone-in Chicken Thighs (about 2 pounds) (875 g)

1 cup BBQ Sauce (302 g)

1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed (42.5 g)

2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (29.58 ml)

1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke (2.46 ml)


  1. In a small bowl, add the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle powder, and parsley. Using a small whisk or fork, stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. Pat dry your chicken thighs and place them in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over top then toss to coat so the oil is well incorporated. NEXT, Sprinkle the spice mixture over the chicken. Using your hand or spatula, stir so each chicken thigh is well coated with the spice mixture. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of your slow cooker, add the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke.
  5. Using a whisk, mix the ingredients together so they’re well combined. NEXT, Add the seasoned chicken thighs to the slow cooker bowl.
  6. Using a large spoon, spoon the sauce mixture over the chicken thighs so they’re covered with the sauce.
  7. Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 4 hours or until the chicken thighs are fully cooked and the internal temperature of the chicken thighs hits at least 165 degrees F (or 74 degrees C). You can set the slow cooker to low and cook the chicken thighs for 8-10 hours or until the internal temperature hits at least 165 degrees F (or 74 degrees C).


How to store leftover chicken thighs? To store any leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can store the sauce with the chicken or separately.

Can you freeze crockpot chicken thighs? Yes you can! Using a freezer-safe container freeze cooled chicken thighs for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook on High 4 hours: Cook on Low 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 5 minutes on High
  • Category: Chicken Dinner
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Crockpot Chicken Thighs Recipe, Slow cooker BBQ chicken thighs, Crockpot BBQ chicken thighs, Crock pot chicken thighs