Nutrition Facts

Sweet and Smoky Turkey Bites

sweet and smoky turkey bites
Cooks in 50 minutes
Serves 4




Backyard Boss


Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ


  • 2 lbs turkey tenderloin
  • Dizzy Pig’s Dizzy Dust or other BBQ seasoning
  • Sauce
  • 1 c BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c brown sugar



Prepare the grill or smoker to cook indirect at 350°F with apple wood added for flavor. With a sharp knife, split the turkey tenders in half lengthwise. Season the strips liberally with BBQ seasoning.

On the Grates:

Cook on the grill for 20 minutes to add smoke flavor. The turkey will be underdone but it’s going to cook more in the sauce. Remove to a cutting board and cut the turkey into bite sized pieces. Add them to a grill-friendly pan (a disposable foil pan works great for this recipe).

Toss and Return to Grill:

In a medium bowl combine the barbecue sauce, honey and brown sugar and mix well. Pour the sauce over the turkey bites and toss until they are all well-coated. Return to the grill/smoker and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until hot and bubbling.


Remove and serve immediately with traditional barbecue sides and some bread for sopping up that sauce.

About this Recipe:

Another Dr. BBQ original for Team Turkey! This dish was featured on our Virtual Happy Hour. These sticky sweet turkey bites are light in the right ways while still delivering big flavor. Try them at your next tailgate! Check out Tailgate with Turkey for more game-day inspiration.