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Barbecue Pulled Chicken

This BBQ pulled chicken recipe is a fanciful reinterpretation of pulled pork that slow-cooks chicken in lots of tangy tomato sauce. Have sliced jalapenos, sliced red onions and some sour cream on hand to top this barbecue pulled chicken, which makes a hearty main course. You can turn it into an unbelievable sandwich or serve it on mashed potatoes or even whole-grain spaghetti. Serve with shredded napa cabbage tossed with low-fat mayonnaise, cider vinegar, celery seed and honey to taste.

» Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Filet Mignon with Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Blueberries, loaded with antioxidants, have a balance of sweet and sour, which makes them an excellent base for a rich, tangy barbecue sauce. Fresh thyme rubbed on the steak dovetails wonderfully with the blueberries. Serve with fresh tomato wedges.

» Filet Mignon with Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Oven Barbecued Brisket

A relatively inexpensive cut of meat, a brisket needs to tenderize overnight before it's baked. Here we use a full-flavored, smoky barbecue dry rub, then it's slowly baked and basted. Brisket cuts are notoriously fatty, but the flat "first-cut" section is a far better choice for healthy eating than the fattier "point cut." It may be worth calling ahead to make sure your supermarket or butcher has one on hand.

» Oven Barbecued Brisket

Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce

The tangy peach barbecue sauce that glazes these pork chops is incredible on grilled chicken or salmon as well. Bone-in pork chops (as opposed to boneless) are less likely to dry out. Just make sure to trim away as much fat as possible for healthier results.

» Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas

This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of pulled pork. A touch of chipotle chile pepper adds extra heat. Serve with coleslaw and guacamole.

» Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas

Beer-Barbecued Chicken

Here's our spin on the roast-a-chicken-on-top-of-a-can-of-beer technique that's popular with barbecue aficionados. To simplify things, we just pour a little beer inside the chicken as it cooks. The beer keeps the meat juicy and a smoky-flavored spice rub both under and over the skin gives it extra flavor. Barbecuing poultry with the skin on helps prevent the meat from drying out. To keep calories and fat in check, remove the skin before serving.

» Beer-Barbecued Chicken

Spicy Thai Barbecued Oysters

The great thing about barbecuing oysters is you don’t need to shuck them. Put the oysters right on the grill and cook until the steam inside the oysters pops the shells open. Drizzle with a little spicy Thai sauce and you’re done.

» Spicy Thai Barbecued Oysters


Try one of these healthy barbecue recipes that will be sure to please the crowd at your next outdoor party.

Whether you’re a vegetarian, meat-lover or somewhere in between, our healthy barbecue recipes have you covered. These healthy barbecue sauce recipes are guaranteed to add some delicious flavor to your meal without adding tons of calories. Our healthy barbecue chicken recipes and vegetarian barbecue recipes will help you shake up your regular barbecue routine. Try our Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce over a steak or have our Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas for dinner tonight!

Healthy Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Try this spicy barbecue sauce on chicken legs or brushed on...
It is not every day that you get a sweet and tangy barbecue...
A splash of Southern Comfort gives a kick to this easy...

Healthy Barbecue Chicken Recipes

These burritos are something of a Tex-Mex wonder: tangy...
This BBQ pulled chicken recipe is a fanciful...
Hoisin sauce along with pureed tart raspberries makes a...
These crispy chicken “wings,” made with boneless, skinless...
Here's our spin on the roast-a-chicken-on-top-of-a-can...
This Asian “barbecued” chicken made in a casserole dish is...
Chopped cherries combine with cherry preserves and smoky,...
Sweet, savory and spicy all at once, Jacqui Sinclair’s jerk...

Healthy Barbecue Pork Recipes

Two Southern favorites are combined here: pork in sweet...
Smoky grilled onion and your favorite barbecue sauce...
Chili powder and garlic, both of which star in Korean...
Need a little summertime flavor? Try this swift recipe and...
The tangy peach barbecue sauce that glazes these pork chops...

Healthy Barbecue Brisket & Steak Recipes

This open-face, “fork and knife” sandwich is piled with...
A relatively inexpensive cut of meat, a brisket needs to...

Healthy Meatless Barbecue Recipes

Perfect for picnics or a side for grilled chicken, this...
This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of...
Though vegetarian BBQ may be an oxymoron, once you take a...
Here smoky-flavored grilled mushrooms are served over a...

Healthy Barbecue Recipes for Seafood

A take-off on New Orleans "barbecued" shrimp (...
The halibut doesn’t stick or fall apart in this salad...
Grilled shrimp is perfectly accented by this light, summery...
The great thing about barbecuing oysters is you don’t need...

Healthy Barbecue Side Dish Recipes

Chef Bobby Flay cooked these baked black beans, spiked with...

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