Prepared several batches of these sticky wings, and they disappeared faster than I could snag one for myself!


Servings: 4-6
– 2 lbs chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
– 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for serving
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
1. Gently pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels to ensure proper seasoning adherence and eventually better caramelization.
2. Season the wings with salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and smoked paprika, making sure they are evenly covered.
3. Place the seasoned wings in the slow cooker.
4. In a bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Stir well to blend the ingredients fully.
5. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken wings in the slow cooker, tossing them gently to ensure they’re well-coated.
6. Set the slow cooker to low and cook for about 6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. If in a pinch, you can set the slow cooker to high for 3 hours, but the texture might be less tender.
7. Once cooked, for an optional extra step, place the wings on a baking sheet and broil them in the oven for 2-3 minutes on each side for a crisper exterior.
8. Serve the wings hot, garnished with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness if desired.

Variations & Tips:
– For a bit of heat, incorporate a splash of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper into the sauce mixture.
– Light brown sugar can be used in place of honey for a different kind of sweetness and a more complex flavor profile.
– Consider using a mix of different barbecue sauces to create a unique, personalized flavor.
– To ensure the wings get a nicely caramelized finish, don’t skip broiling them after they are done cooking. It adds a noteworthy textural contrast that elevates the dish greatly.
– If you want to keep cleanup to a minimum, slow cooker liners can be a fantastic help, especially considering the notoriously sticky nature of barbecue sauce.

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