Turkey is the Next Big Thing in Healthy Barbecue Foods

Barbecued food is well known and much loved. However it is not always considered the healthiest choice. Perhaps it is the thought of the sticky marinades or concerns over eating too much red meat, but regardless of perceptions barbecued food can be one of the healthiest ways to eat.

The Enquirer (America) recently ran a piece about Dwan Ward, an Alabama resident all of his life who enjoyed cooking alongside his mother as a child and worked part time as a chef during his Navy days. Dwan loved the Southern styled barbecue so much that he decided to open his own barbecue restaurant where he could share the barbecue love.

The difference between other barbecue restaurant and this one is that Dwan runs a healthier menu alongside the most commonly seen barbecued meats. Using a charcoal barbecue, food is slow smoked and this, alongside Dwan’s own secret meat rub recipe has customers coming back time and again looking for his low fat skinless turkey tips and pulled pork.

Turkey is a great source of protein and is significantly lower in fat than red meats, and as Dwan was quoted by the Enquirer as saying, healthy foods aren’t always the tastiest of foods but a healthy barbecue doesn’t need to fall into this trap.

If you are looking to add alternate dishes to your own barbecue menu for family and friends to enjoy why not investigate the use of turkey?


Low Fat Lemon Mustard Marinade

This marinade works brilliantly with turkey.



  • 120ml of lemon juice (best if freshly squeezed but a pre-made alternative is fine)
  • 35g of wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (extra-virgin)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or sweetener to further cut the calories)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt



Simply combine the ingredients in a small bowl to make a fragrant and healthy marinade.

Cover your turkey with half of the marinade and place in the fridge for an hour prior to barbecuing.

Use the remaining half to baste the turkey during cooking.


Easy Turkey Kebabs

This is a quick and easy kebab recipe that is super healthy and delicious, and takes full advantage of the smoky barbecue taste that is an integral and much loved part of barbecue cooking.



  • Turkey pieces, cut into chunks
  • Courgettes, assorted peppers, red onion, and aubergine all cut into similar sizes pieces
  • Olive oil
  • Smoked paprika



Combine a little of the olive oil with the smoked paprika to make a flavoured oil for brushing.

Push the turkey and vegetable chunks onto skewers.

Brush with the paprika flavoured oil and barbecue over a medium heat, turning frequently.

Continue to baste the kebabs throughout the cooking process.


The result is a tasty, colourful and healthy barbecue recipe. Serve with colourful salads and rice for a filling and delicious barbecue meal.

As Dwan has clearly realised, barbecue food can be both healthy and taste great so enjoy revamping your usual barbecue recipes to cut the calories so that you can all enjoy guilt free food!