Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Wings

It's Day 2 of Slow Cooker Week and I am excited to present to you, my Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Wings.

These wings are the perfect slow cooker appetizer for your next party.

I took chicken drummettes and marinated them in a sweet and tangy sauce, that has pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar vinegar, and lots of spices.

I marinated my wings overnight but if you're in a rush, try to marinate them for at least four hours.

I placed the wings in the slower cooker and cooked for 5 hours on high.

Next, I transferred the wings to a baking pan, basted them with some reserved marinade and broiled them for 5 minutes on each side, giving the wings a nice crispy texture.

Look what we have created. These wings are sweet from the pineapple juice and tangy from the vinegar based marinade.

I loved the taste of these wings, but no one loved them more than Big Goo...I had to tell him, this makes four servings, not one!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes plus marinating time
Servings: 4


25 chicken drummettes or 4 lbs
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon creole seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoon olive oil

For the Marinade:

2 cups ketchup
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
8 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoon creole seasonings or seasoning salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Rinse chicken drummettes and pat dry, place in a large bowl, coat with olive oil and spices, mix well and set aside.

Mix all marinade ingredients together and reserve 1 cup and pour remaining marinade over chicken. Allow chicken  to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator, place chicken and marinade in slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours.

Preheat oven to broil.

Transfer chicken wings from slow cooker to a baking pan, discard slow cooker juices, baste with reserved marinade, broil for 5 minutes on each side, baste both side of wings. Remove from oven and serve.


  1. are you putting the wings and marinade both in the slower cooker or just the wings?

    1. Both...I updated it...I marinated the wings in the slow cooker...making it a one pot dish...

  2. What type of molasses is best? I have found baking, blackstrap and stuff that is just called molasses... I'm going to be doing some BBQ for a restaurant & need to order large quantities. Thanks!

    1. I use Grandma's molasses...you could find a good quality organic molasses...

  3. my wings just got dumped into the slow cooker. the marinade is sublime and may just be my new fav go to bbq sauce base (with maybe some smoked paprika and a few more dashes of sumthin) delish!!! CC, I think it's time for you to be promoted to Creole QUEEN!!!!! ;-) ….. another smash hit recipe. Thanks.

    1. Thank Tee...I like to mix it up...sometimes I add a habanero pepper to really take it to another level...and I will add allspice about a teaspoon and use it like a "mock" jerk marinade...oh and lime juice...whatever I have in stock...I will use...lol...to change things up a bit...and oh smoked paprika is always a winner in my book..

  4. I am BACK with the results --- soooo good. It just so happens that three wings were left over…. (4 servings, you say… hmmm we just about two ;-) …. ) and my husband reported to me last night that the wings were even BETTER after they had been sitting out (covered) for awhile… and I was asked to make them again for the BOC (breakfast of champions… AKA sunday football breakfast) so I guess I'll marinate today, cook tonite and he can reheat those puppies up in the AM (or not!). THANK YOU!!!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed them Tee...I was thinking the same thing about the servings because my husband ate almost the whole batch of them...lol...thank you so much for trying my recipe...

  5. Thank you for taking the slow cooker challenge and sharing your experience with us!!!

    1. You're Welcome...I am convinced that a great meal can be created with a slow cooker...I might be a little addicted to my slow cooker now...lol

  6. Just made these today for football playoff Sunday...absolutely awesome!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe :)

    1. Thank you so much for trying out my recipes Ann...so glad you enjoyed them!


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