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Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Chicken

Slow cooker Korean BBQ chicken is sweet, spicy, and oh so easy! Korean spicy chicken is slow cooked to tender perfection, then slathered with homemade Korean BBQ sauce.
Course Crock Pot/Slow Cooker
Cuisine Korean
Keyword Korean BBQ chicken, Korean BBQ sauce recipe, Korean spicy chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 pieces
Calories 115kcal
Author Marsha Maxwell


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  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks 8 drumsticks, patted dry with paper towels

For the marinade:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons mirin rice wine or substitute cooking sherry
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger finely grated or minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang Korean fermented chili paste
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder optional

For the Korean BBQ sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang Korean fermented chili paste
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 tablespoon Asian-style roasted sesame oil


  • Pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels.
  • Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
  • Place the marinade and chicken drumsticks together in a large resealable plastic bag. Massage the bag so the drumsticks are well coated with marinade.
  • Place the bag in a bowl or other container to protect against leaks. Let the drumsticks marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
  • Place a slow cooker liner in a large slow cooker (optional).
  • Using tongs, remove the chicken from the marinade. Pull the chicken skin up over each drumstick. Stack drumsticks in the slow cooker skin side up. Discard the remaining marinade.
  • Cook the drumsticks in the slow cooker on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make the Korean BBQ sauce. Place all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking until the mixture comes to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Once the chicken is done to an internal temperature of 180 degrees, use tongs to carefully remove the chicken drumsticks from the crockpot.
  • Place the drumsticks skin side up on a broiler pan. Broil for 2-4 minutes, until the
    chicken is just beginning to char.
  • Brush the drumsticks with Korean BBQ sauce. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions.
  • Optionally, you can make green onion curls using this method:
    How To Make Green Onion Curls for Garnish
  • Serve your Korean BBQ chicken drumsticks with Korean BBQ sauce on the side.