Slow Cooker Apricot BBQ Wings

Most slow cooker chicken wings recipes that I came upon were mostly honey bbq wings, honey chipotle wings, or basic buffalo wings. I was so thrilled to find this recipe using apricot preserves. It was something different and sounded so yummy. We loved a local company's food product: Taste Buds's Apricot Preserves out of Wimberley, TX.

The prep was simple enough, and most of the work was done in the slow cooker (of course). The end result, however, wasn't as mouth-watering as I thought. Mostly it was because I used both drums and flats, which should had been only drums because the flats were really shredded being in the slow cooker.

 Slow Cooker Apricot BBQ Wings

Slow Cooker Apricot BBQ Wings

Pulling from Mom Endeavors, she recommended not to use sweet bbq sauce as an option, just a basic bbq sauce. These weren't spicy, so you could always give it a kick with a small swivel of hot sauce, whether in the mixture or on top of finished wings on your own. I drizzled some Pete's Hot Sauce on top of the wings after cooking. These were definitely snacks or appetizers, but not for a full meal. The taste would become too much if you eat a lot of them as a meal. 

GATHER:

  • 4 lb chicken wings drummettes, frozen (I used half-thawed combination of drums and flats. BIG mistake, the meaty part of the plats were falling apart. I should have known that, being in the slow cooker. So use drums, please!)
  • 1 (18oz) bottle bbq sauce (or approximately 2 cups)
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

MAKE:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the sauces and spices. Remove about 1/2 cup of the mixture and refrigerator for later. 
  2. Add chicken wings to a large slow cooker, then cover with the sauce mixture. Stir until wings are well-coated. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 
  3. Once done, set oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  4. Remove wings from slow cooker and place on the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with some of the slow cooker sauce, if desired. Broil for approximately 2 minutes. Remove pan from oven, flip wings, and brush wings with the remaining sauce mixture that was saved. Return to oven and broil for an additional 3-5 minutes, until sauce starts to caramelize. 
  5. Remove from oven and serve!