Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken



  • 46 bone-in chicken thighs (skin removed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, using the oil, cook chicken on both sides until nicely browned; arrange chicken on bottom of the slow cooker. Arrange the sliced onion around the chicken thighs.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour the barbecue mixture over the chicken, cover, and cook for 4 – 5 hours on low or until chicken is almost fall off bone tender.
  4. Layer a broiler pan with aluminum foil. Place the chicken on the foil and spoon some additional barbecue over the top. Place chicken about 8 inches below the element and broil on high until chicken starts to brown.
  5. (Note: this recipe is very good even if you skip the broiler step)