Slow Cooker BBQ Sticky Rice

BBQ sticky rice is a fusion of flavors from Asian and the deep south. Sticky rice is typically found in Asian dishes, but this version has been kicked up southern style with a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. Taken a step further, it’s a snap to make in a slow cooker. Come on in to my virtual kitchen and I’ll show you how to whip up some of this BBQ sticky rice!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Sticky Rice Recipe - Made in a slow cooker & kicked up with a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. SO delicious!

It’s still hotter than Hades in northeastern Wisconsin, so I’ve been getting great use out of my slow cooker this week.

I love the slow cooker recipes I’ve created!  CLICK HERE to see all of my slow cooker recipes.

I typically use my slow cooker in the fall and winter because it’s so great for making soup, chili, and hearty dishes like my Italian meatloaf.  I didn’t realize until recently, though, that slow cookers are also amazing for use in the warm weather months.  Seriously, how could I overlook the fact that I don’t need to have my oven turned on to create a spectacular meal?

This BBQ sticky rice is a perfect example.  It’s a yummi side dish on its own, but you could add some chicken from the grill to it, or serve it up with ribs or a steak and you’ll have a full blown meal that didn’t over heat your house.Fabulous, right?

Slow Cooker BBQ Sticky Rice Recipe - Made in a slow cooker & kicked up with a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. SO delicious!


There’s a secret to the awesomeness of this BBQ sticky rice, though.

It’s in the barbecue sauce! I purchased it from my sweet blogging friend, Mary.  She’s the awesome woman and foodie behind “All Things Cooking with Mary & Friends“.  Her recipes are down home comfort food.  They’re easy to make and delicious to eat!  Mary’s  husband Curt is the genius craftsman behind the BBQ sauce recipe.  According to Mary, her husband worked for 20 years to perfect it, and I can taste every bit of that hard work in his creation.

It’s sweet, but not too sweet, with just a touch of smoky flavor, and a gentle kick of heat right at the end. It’s not overpowering or too vinegary like so many barbecue sauces are. It’s got a smooth finish and a spunky flavor that I really wanted to just eat by the spoonful. It’s absolutely delicious!

If you’d like to order some of this amazing BBQ sauce to try, you can leave me a comment below, or use my contact form and I’ll put you in touch with them. Incidentally, I was NOT compensated for that endorsement. I purchased the product with my own money and didn’t receive anything in return for this pitch.  I just truly love the sauce… and the people behind it!

I hope you love this BBQ sticky rice!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Sticky Rice

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 2 hr Yields 6

Fragrant Jasmine rice is slow cooked and infused with the flavor of a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. It's a flavor of the south meets Asian cuisine fusion that you'll love!


  • 1 cup uncooked short or medium grain rice. Instant and long grain rice are not recommended, as they don't contain enough starch to become sticky during cooking.
  • 1 medium onion, finely minced (optional)
  • 20 ounces (2 liquid cups) BBQ sauce
  • 4 ounces (1/2 liquid cup) water, plus more if necessary


  1. Spray a slow cooker with non-stick spray or line with a slow cooker liner. Place rice, onion, and BBQ sauce, and water into slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 2-3 hours, stirring half way through cooking time. If rice appears dry and hasn't yet started puffing up, add 1/4 cup more water.
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36 Replies to "Slow Cooker BBQ Sticky Rice"

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    Delores December 17, 2016 (10:10 am)

    Can you cook this as a stove top dish instead of a slow cooker dish?

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      Becca December 17, 2016 (11:52 am)

      Hi Delores,
      I’ve never tried making the sticky rice on the stove top, but I can say that part of the reason the rice is sticky is due to being cooked slowly in the slow cooker. If you want to try to make it on the stove top, I think the smartest thing to do would be to use Asian sticky rice rather than traditional long grain rice. Prepare it according to the package directions and then stir in the BBQ sauce in the final 2-3 minutes of cooking time, when there’s still a very small amount of liquid left in the pan. Allow it to sit, covered for a few minutes before fluffing/stirring again before serving. Please let me know how it turns out for you. Good luck!

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      Shannon E Porter June 30, 2017 (1:39 am)

      Yes Delores. I’ve made this as risotto on the stove top with bacon. Believe it, you can achieve it! 😀

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    Brittanyann January 20, 2016 (7:05 pm)

    I’m very excited to try this recipe. I don’t know if it’s the altitude (I live a little above 7000 feet) or the fact that I’ve only been cooking for about 9 years but I can not make rice. I tend to buy a frozen microwaveable sticky rice (hangs head in shame) from the grocery store. Considering I’m on crutches and bed rest due hip issues due to cerebral palsy, the fact that this is a crock pot meal just makes it even better. Hopefully this will be be the first real rice dish I can create!

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      Chef Bec January 20, 2016 (7:39 pm)

      Brittanyann, I am so happy to hear that this BBQ sticky rice may be a recipe that you can work with. I hope you’ll come back and leave me another comment after you’ve tried it. I also hope that you love it as much as I do!

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        Brittanyann January 30, 2016 (5:56 pm)

        I’ve made it 3 times since my original comment and tonight will be number 4. My husband and I love it so much and my doggies love the leftovers. So a great recipe for our whole family! Thank you!!

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          Chef Bec February 1, 2016 (3:36 pm)

          Brittanyann, your sweet comment has completely made my day! I’m so glad to hear that your family loves the sticky rice as much as my family does. 🙂

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    Elicia P October 19, 2014 (9:48 pm)

    I will at times add BBQ sauce to my rice instead of butter. Have never thought of cooking with it. Will be trying this. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Maria Beas De Bonilla October 19, 2014 (6:22 pm)

    Another great slow cooker recipe going to my bookmarks. I just made some copies for my neighbors that just come to my door as soon as I cook your delicious recipes. Thanks for sharing with us; your fans! I might be your #1 fan .

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      Chef Becca October 20, 2014 (10:44 am)

      It sounds like your neighbors are very lucky to have you close by, Maria! Thank you for being such a great friend to them 🙂

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    ellen beck October 19, 2014 (3:23 am)

    I have never made rice in the slow cooker! I think I have made almost everything else but never rice. I like this recipe it seems pretty easy and looks tasty as a nice side dish thats a bit different.

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      Chef Becca October 19, 2014 (6:19 am)

      I hope you have a chance to try it sometime, Ellen!

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    Camilla October 13, 2014 (12:27 pm)

    You had me at ‘sticky rice’. Wow. This look amazing!

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      Chef Becca October 13, 2014 (1:08 pm)

      Thanks, Camilla. It was one of those recipes that I didn’t give a second thought to trying. It turned out SO good!

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      Chef Becca October 19, 2014 (6:20 am)

      Thanks, Camilla! It’s become a favorite of ours.

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    Karen D October 11, 2014 (2:25 pm)

    This looks so good, and it’s quick and easy with the slow cooker doing the work!

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    Claudia August 1, 2014 (7:51 pm)

    So tasty! That looks amazing!

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    Kitchen Kelli July 26, 2014 (8:20 am)

    This is new and interesting! I will have to look up that BBQ sauce because I don’t like any bottled kinds – too sweet or too vinegary. I’m going to try this sometime this week because we love sticky rice at this house!

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      Chef Becca July 26, 2014 (10:46 pm)

      I can’t even explain how good this BBQ sauce is, Kelli. I’m really picky about my sauce, which is why I normally make my own, but when I heard how long Curt’s been perfecting his sauce, I had a feeling it would be amazing, and I was right!

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    David July 24, 2014 (7:51 am)

    This looks delicious, Chef Bec! Our slow cooker died last winter, and I’ve been debating getting a new one or not. Looks like you just convinced me! 🙂

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      Chef Becca July 24, 2014 (7:54 am)

      Thanks, my friend! I don’t use my slow cooker much, but when I do, it never steers me wrong. My biggest challenge is finding a place to store it when I don’t use it 🙂

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    Thalia July 23, 2014 (8:25 pm)

    yum this looks delicious! love anything slow cooked (means i can be extra lazy when preparing dinner).. definitely inspired to give this recipe a go. thanks for sharing.

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    Patricia July 23, 2014 (7:56 pm)

    Exactly the kind of dish I LOVE!!! Looks so yummy 🙂

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    Katrina L July 23, 2014 (7:56 pm)

    This sounds wonderful! What size slow cooker did you use?

    • comment-avatar
      Chef Becca July 23, 2014 (8:07 pm)

      Thank you, Katrina! I used a small, 2-quart cooker.

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    Adam J. Holland July 23, 2014 (6:20 pm)

    Damn, woman! Why are you always posting the most delicious creations in the world — that my doctor won’t allow me to even sniff, much less eat!?! 😉 Looks wonderful!

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      Chef Becca July 23, 2014 (6:49 pm)

      Oh crap, Adam…I’m sorry! Want me to blog some sugar-free Jello for you? 🙂
      For what it’s worth, I made this and could only have 1/4 cup of it, when what I really wanted to do was to throw my face into the slow cooker.

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    Karen July 23, 2014 (4:09 pm)

    Wow, Becca, I’m impressed. I literally was thinking that I needed side dishes that were easy to make and don’t take a lot of prep time and here you are with one. I absolutely would make a lot of this and serve leftovers with leftover chicken, making 2 meals out of one. Love the ease in the summer months.

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      Chef Becca July 23, 2014 (4:26 pm)

      Karen, I wish words were enough to express how amazing Curt’s sauce tastes in this recipe. I have BBQ sauce recipes of my own and they’re nothing compared to his. I can’t wait to buy more, because I’ve got all sorts of ideas for using it this fall!

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    Mary Marshall July 23, 2014 (12:28 pm)

    Awesome!!! I just love this and you did a great job incorporating the BBQ Sauce!!!

    • comment-avatar
      Chef Becca July 23, 2014 (12:30 pm)

      It’s only a fabulous recipe because of Curt’s sauce, Mary. I LOVE it! Thanks so much for introducing me to it 🙂

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