How to Eat Healthy at BBQ Restaurants

What to order

  1. Smoked meats (turkey, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs
  2. 'Naked' versions of meats (meaning: without the sauce)
  3. Order the 'plate' option instead of sandwich to cut the mega carbs and lack of fiber from the buns.
  4. Get the smallest size or split a plate (or take half back and put in the fridge for later--OR--just don't eat all of it!)
  5. Load up on the fresh/cold veggies they have: lettuce, tomato, dill pickles, onions, cucumbers, jalapeno, (side salad if they have it).
  6. Cooked veggies like pinto beans, green beans, okra (ONLY if not fried!), or collard greens.
  7. Beverages: water or UNsweetened tea
  8. Booze: Check out the 'Alcohol' page HERE


  1. Any meat cooked in sauce, or already smothered in sauce.
  2. Sauces--they're all loaded in sugar/carbs. **If you must get sauce opt for the vinegar-based and only use a small amount.
  3. Coleslaw
  4. Onion rings
  5. Mac n cheese
  6. Cornbread
  7. Baked beans

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