I usually cook wings on my Char-Broil Big Easy or on my charcoal grill using the Vortex. I have to admit, I was pretty pessimistic about the idea of cooking wings in a slow cooker. Would I like the texture? Would they taste as great as wings off the grill?
One thing’s for sure, making Buffalo Ranch wings in a slow cooker really couldn’t get any easier. It was the perfect recipe for my working-from-home lunch. Toss everything in first thing in the morning and at lunch, enjoy some wings!
So how were they? Well, mighty tasty for starters. In fact, I loved the flavor. Big time. Texture-wise, they got barely crispy but the meat was oh-so-tender and juicy. For truly crispy skin you’ll have to leave them under the broiler for a good bit of time, but keep an eye on them. I found the skin to be melt-in-my-mouth tender and I didn’t actually miss not having super-crunchy wings. In fact, it was a nice change. I loved them!
Although not traditional Buffalo wings to a purist, I still enjoyed these slow cooker Buffalo Ranch wings more than I actually thought I would. No mess, no fuss and very tasty. Certainly much easier than firing up a grill or even deep fryer to make a batch of the wings you normally expect.
Meijer makes a fantastic Buffalo wild sauce that is great for this recipe. My BBQ Ranch wings are also absolutely yummy!
Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
- 2 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
- 1 cup your favorite Buffalo wing sauce
- 1 packet Ranch dressing mix about 3 tablespoons of homemade
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Ranch dressing for serving
Place the wings into the bottom of your slow cooker.
Combine the wing sauce, Ranch dressing mix and salt and pepper and pour over the wings.
Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours - 3 hours until the meat is starting to pull back from the bones.
Carefully transfer the wings to a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Place under the broiler and broil until just starting to crisp.
Let cool slightly then serve with Ranch dressing for dipping.
Anita can attest to my (somewhat) shocking addiction to all things Buffalo wings, so she wasn’t surprised when I served up this Buffalo Cowboy caviar. What was surprising, though, was just how much we both absolutely loved it. Beans, peas, tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, all good things. But the crunch of the corn and the smoothness of the avocado, along with spicy Buffalo wing sauce pushed this side up a few notches on the ‘love it’ scale.
For a twist, use corn-on-the-cob that has been roasted on a grill or under the broiler until lightly charred. Cut the kernels from the ears and add to the caviar. You’ll need 3-4 good sized ears to make Buffalo Cowboy caviar.
Also try my Cowboy caviar and my Georgia caviar recipes.
Buffalo Cowboy Caviar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
For the salad
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained, rinsed
- 1 15 ounce can black eyed peas, drained, rinsed
- 1 11 ounce can corn, drained
- 4 Roma tomatoes seeded, diced
- 2 large avocados diced
- 1 small red onion diced
- 1 orange bell pepper diced
- 1 cup green onions diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- 2 jalapenos seeded, diced
Place all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl.
Whisk together the marinade ingredients and add to the salad. Toss to coat.
Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
As much as I love blue cheese dressing for dipping my chicken wings, I don’t want it to overwhelm my ‘delicate’ palate that I can’t taste the wings. So, I might’ve been a tad nervous when I cooked up a batch of wings and tossed them in some Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo wing sauce. Well, that first bite told me and told me quick that the sauce was about as perfect as you can get. Nice and thick, but not too thick, and packed with blue cheese flavor and a hint of spiciness. But not too much blue cheese flavor and not too much spiciness. Darn good eating, that’s for sure.
You can skip the Ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce for wings coated in Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo wing sauce. You don’t need anything except the wings, the sauce and a stack of paper towels. Also try Moore’s Creamy Ranch or Teriyaki wings.
Also try my dry Ranch wings. Dry good, not dry bad.
I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook
that is full of my favorite wing recipes. Also check out my always-growing list of my favorite store-bought wing sauces
Moore's Blue Cheese Buffalo Wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings