Is there a healthy way to prepare home cooked bar-be-que!

By Ms. DAT Latest Reply 2012-10-29 14:58:32 -0500
Started 2012-10-15 00:12:41 -0500

I know the holidays for turkey is fast approaching but I still like bar-be-que at this time of the year!! Maybe I will try bar-be-que turkey leg or wing!!

I prefer meat prepared on the grill such as chicken and lean pork and lean steak with fresh roasted/steamed vegetable. However, oven cooked or baked bar-be-que is good too.

I have eaten Hawaiian Bar-be-que but it was a little too sweet for me as well as other prepared bar-be- que.

I wonder is bar-be-qued meat good for diabetics to eat! Seeing that we can only eat a small portion of meat in total of 3 ounces or the size of your hand.

26 replies

Ms. DAT 2012-10-29 01:14:46 -0500 Report

So including a moderate amount of alcohol and using a non-sugar rub is a healthy way to prepare any kind of BBQ meat whether turkey, chicken,pork or seafood?!!

Ms. DAT 2012-10-28 02:24:02 -0500 Report

Young1 I don't think it's nothing wrong with enjoying a traditional meal in moderation. Yes it's good to consider the family!!!

Young1s 2012-10-28 01:52:49 -0500 Report

I spent years figuring out and perfecting my Thanksgiving/Christmas meals. Then I became a diabetic. Just last year mind you. I made some really drastic changes within a couple of months and they worked out well. One thing I promised the fam though was that I would not change those meals.

I know, it seems contradictory and all, but I look at it this way. I have made a 180 turn with my cooking. They are eating foods that probably would have never made it on the table if it wasn't for my D. I just feel the least I can do is keep the, what I call the classics, memorable. So in turn, I eat more of the good stuff and less of the not. Seems fair.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-28 20:19:09 -0500 Report

Young1, since I am usually at a family members house for Christmas/Thanksgiving or both, I eat what is prepared but I do it in moderation. I still fix the traditional foods for the holidays at home with no changes to recipes. My sister isn't diabetic so I am not going to change something simply because I can't have it. I just use my trusty teaspoon and tablespoon to fill my plate. I do it in moderation and still have room for a desert. I figure If my blood sugar goes up just for that day, it is fine with me. I get one day of the week to eat what I want. I use holidays for those free days. I do miss my Christmas Ribbon Candy.

Ms. DAT 2012-10-28 00:10:40 -0500 Report

I think I will look forward to grillin and BBQ turkey parts during the holiday's at some point. Sometimes I like a change from the traditional preparations.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-19 09:50:55 -0500 Report

We grill turkey legs and wings all the time on the charcoal grill. Mom use to BBQ turkey wings and legs in the oven and she also use to BBQ pork chops on top of the stove or in the oven. Must be a Southern Thing…LOL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-19 09:49:03 -0500 Report

I use store bought BBQ Sauce and add Bourbon to it or I make my own and add Bourbon to it (Don't know how Bourbon always ends up in my BBQ Sauce). Since I don't use a lot of it I don't worry about the carbs.

Ms. DAT 2012-10-28 02:21:58 -0500 Report

I have seen on cooking shows that Bourbon is used besides if you like Friday's restaurant they serve Bourbon o a few signature meals!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-28 20:11:29 -0500 Report

I had TGIFridays bourbon ribs with Jack Daniels Bourbon and they were not bad. I have also had Jack Daniels Pancake Syrup w/alcohol, Jack Daniels Coffee and the Mustards. I do not cook with Jack Daniels, I use Woodford Reserve.

Ms. DAT 2012-10-29 01:05:14 -0500 Report

Just Joyce! I don't think I am ready for Jack Daniels Syrup w/alcohol!!! haha! Does it make one a little tipsy?!!! Not talking about you but in general!!!! I think I will stick to Red Wine!! lol!!

Nick1962 2012-10-15 11:10:20 -0500 Report

Well, that depends on what you call BBQ in your area. I’m from the north, so BBQ to me has always been a verb – “we’re having a BBQ tonight” meaning we’re grilling. Now in the south, BBQ is a noun for me meaning grilled/smoked, chopped or shredded and sauced beef or pork.

Either way, grilled meats are a staple for us, I just avoid sugar based BBQ sauces. I try to stick with Eastern Carolina type sauce (vinegar and pepper) or “finishing sauce”. I will grill/smoke up a pork or beef roast just until it has the right color, then finish it in a crock pot or tightly wrapped in a low oven. I use a lot of no sugar dry rubs before grilling too which make some mean baby back ribs, and because all this is without sugar, you can really eat as much as you want – it’s all protein. I have smoked turkey legs, and they turned out OK, but you really have to brine them to keep them from getting tough and that’s just more sodium than I can handle (not to mention the work involved). I do however take the turkey scraps and make “BBQ” with them in the crock pot with a little Eastern sauce.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-19 09:55:52 -0500 Report

Nick BBQ sauces are regional some are wet and some are a dry rub. I have not used the dry rubs as yet but that is on my list of things to do. There is nothing better than BBQ pulled pork or pulled chicken chicken sandwiches.

My cousin either Fries or Grills a turkey or at times does both for the holiday. I love a turkey that has been grilled on a charcoal grill. I don't think there is anything that can't be cooked on a grill. Here in the south we BBQ year round even in snow here in Maryland.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-19 09:57:30 -0500 Report

The only thing I have not seen done is BBQ crabs but I am sure it has been done.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-19 18:23:05 -0500 Report

Sounds good but I actually do not like shrimp. My fav is chicken and waffles. That is worth raising my BG's

Nick1962 2012-10-20 15:31:15 -0500 Report

I like chicken. I like waffles. Just never could get into the two together.
Now a peanut butter and jelly on waffle sandwich, well hold me back.

Ms. DAT 2012-10-15 20:57:14 -0500 Report

Nick Thanks for responding about the BBQ. I am gonna look for that Eastern sauce and the no sugar dry rub!!

Nick1962 2012-10-16 07:54:37 -0500 Report

Both are real easy to make yourself

Tony5657 2012-10-18 05:17:38 -0500 Report

Nick, you are much farther into "chefdom", if that's a word, :o) than I am so I know I can learn from you. You mentioned "Eastern Carolina type sauce (vinegar and pepper) or “finishing sauce”." Since I hate sweet sauces and do cook on my grill often, do you have the recipe for thst posted? If not, would you post it here? Ya got me hongray (as some say here). LOL

I had been using what my former girlfriend called BBQ Dust that is sprinkled on the meat, but she "went" and her BBQ Dust "went" with her. I like the dry, sugarless type that can be sprinkled on one side, then when I turn the meat over, I give a little sprinkle on that side. Being dry, it kept forever and was easy to apply. If you have a recipie or suggestion for a commercial "dry" type please let me know.

Thanks for your posting!!!!!!!!!

Tony5657 in south central TX

Ms. DAT 2012-10-15 00:22:14 -0500 Report

My family can really grill some barb-be-que. We gave out of few plates with chicken,steak, some requested hot links( beef) with veges steamed on grill/ whole wheat grain bread/fresh fruit to our friends who called raving about how good and tender it is. The foods seasoned just right with the meat bathed in vinegar especially the pork (no headache as a result)!!