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Healthy Barbecue Recipes

Barbecues are a must when the weather turns warm. Bring the best of our healthy barbecue recipes to potlucks and parties, or simply whip them up for a night at home. From barbecue chicken to barbecue pork, all of these dishes are smokehouse-worthy and diabetes-friendly.
Beef Brisket Recipe

Wine-Braised Beef Brisket

The “low and slow” nature of barbecuing is what sets it apart from other cooking methods. We used a slow cooker for this diabetic brisket recipe to get the effect with less hassle.

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Floribbean Ribs with Black-Eyed Pea and Grilled Pineapple Salsa

You can thank the Caribbean’s influence on Florida cuisine for these savory barbecue ribs topped with sweet-and-spicy pureed mango and jalapeno. Serve homemade salsa on the side to complete the low-carb dinner.

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BBQ Chicken Bites

Here’s a barbecue chicken recipe that guests will love munching on. We spooned baked chicken and barbecue sauce into miniature pepper halves instead of crackers to cut down on carbs.

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Korean Barbecued Flank Steak

A simple marinade gives this Korean BBQ recipe its rich, juicy flavor. The low-carb grilled beef recipe is gorgeous when cut into thin slices and served on a bed of bok choy.

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Barbecue Turkey Wedges

Looking for impressive hors d’oeuvres to serve at your next potluck or party? Try this barbecue slow cooker recipe atop pita wedges for a low-fat, low-carb appetizer that’s sure to satisfy.

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Corn Pancakes with BBQ Pulled Turkey and Coleslaw

For a leaner alternative to BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, we topped a buttermilk corn pancake with pulled turkey, homemade BBQ sauce, and crunchy, refreshing coleslaw.

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Tangy Cherry Barbecue Sausage

Give the traditional smokies recipe a tart twist when you use cherry jam. Six ingredients are all you need to make these adorable slow cooker appetizers, which are low in calories, fat, and carbs.

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Honey BBQ Shredded Pork Wraps

Roll slow-cooked pulled pork into whole wheat tortillas for a quick, low-carb lunch with big barbecue flavor that you can grab on the go.

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Lemon-Chili Shrimp Skewers

We dressed up these shrimp, tomato, and pepper kabobs with an easy homemade barbecue sauce. You get two of the skewers for 152 calories and 8 grams of carb.

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Flat-Iron Steak with BBQ Beans

You probably already have the five ingredients needed to throw together this homemade barbecue dinner. Enjoy the hearty, protein-rich steak-and-beans recipe for a total of 25 grams of carb per serving.

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Barbecue Glazed Turkey

Use either turkey breast or chicken breast for this simple, diabetes-friendly BBQ recipe. Orange juice gives the sauce a summery feel, while cumin, garlic, and fresh cilantro kick up the flavor of the light grilled main dish.

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Barbecued Hot Dog Skewers

Toss these fun kabobs onto the grill for a quick barbecued appetizer guests will love. Bonus: Each easy hot dog snack has just 102 calories per serving.

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Barbecued Turkey Thighs

This healthy barbecue recipe comes together in the slow cooker. Simply combine the ingredients the night before and wake up to a low-carb BBQ turkey meal fit for the South. 

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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A honey-ginger barbecue sauce tops tenderized pork, which pulls apart easily after roasting in a slow cooker all day -- all for only 250 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving.

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BBQ Ranch Wraps

Tangy yet sweet, these easy wraps use shredded chicken or turkey for a low-fat, high-protein quick-fix lunch or dinner.

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Savory Barbecue Chicken

These saucy slow cooker drumsticks and thighs are perfect for potlucks. They have a zesty barbecue kick thanks to jalapeno pepper jelly.

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Beef and Cabbage Wraps

With only six ingredients, this Tex-Mex dish makes a great weeknight meal packed with protein and fiber. Choose lean ground beef and whole wheat tortillas for healthy options.

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Smoky Barbecued Beef Brisket Sandwiches

Slow-cooked brisket soaks up spices for a smoky taste of garlic, chili powder, and mustard mixed with brown sugar. Choose a whole wheat bun for a tasty sandwich at your next potluck or gathering.

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Turkey Thighs in Barbecue Sauce

Enjoy these thighs rain or shine! Just throw them in the slow cooker before work, and come home to a flavorful main dish with only 12 grams of carb per serving.

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Three-Meat Burgers

Watch their mouths water when you grill up these chicken-turkey-bacon burgers topped with melted cheese. For free-food toppings, which have less than 20 calories and 5 grams of carb, try salsa, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, cucumber slices, tomatoes, onions, or sweet peppers.

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