Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gluten Free Pulled Turkey Barbecue

With Super Bowl Sunday right around the corner, I've been pondering what to cook.  This is one of our favorite game day recipes, especially if we have a crowd at our house.  We serve it with slaw, gluten free, yeast free buns made with Chebe mix, and fruit.  My husband thinks it's guy food, and he may be right, but every man, woman and child I have served this to LOVES it.

Pick up the turkey a few days before you make it because most are frozen this time of year, and need a few days in the fridge to thaw out.  If the turkey has broth added, check the label for a gluten free designation.  The recipe itself takes a good 4 to 5 hours of time, start to finish.


5 lb bone-in turkey breast
2 large yellow onions, finely chopped (I throw them in the food processor)
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup ghee or earth balance buttery spread (for soy free, look for red label)
1/4 cup coconut or date sugar
3 Tbsp Pickapeppa sauce
2 Tbsp Tabasco sauce
1 Tbsp black pepper
2 tsp salt
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp gluten free liquid smoke


In a heavy 8 quart pot, combine onions, vinegar, tomato paste, ghee or earth balance, sugar, Pickapeppa sauce, Tabasco, garlic, salt and pepper.  Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse the turkey and remove skin if it's not skinless.  Remove any timers inserted in the body.  Add turkey to the pot and simmer with breast side up, covered for 2 1/2 hours, or until a thermometer reads 155 degrees at the center of the turkey.  Keep the sauce in the pot, and transfer only the turkey to a plate or cutting board.  Use a slotted spoon to retrieve any bones or loose parts left in the pot, and throw them away.  Let the turkey rest until it is cool enough to handle.  Pull off long thin shreds from the breast, following the grain.  Throw away the bone.  Place shredded turkey in the sauce, and add liquid smoke.  Simmer over low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  Serves about 8.  Source:

This post has been shared with Full Plate ThursdayPennywise Platter ThursdayReal Food WeeklyFight Back FridayFood on Fridays and Monday Mania.


  1. Oh, YUM!! I love using turkey breasts to make things like bbq sandwiches. Very healthy :)


  2. I am having a nice serving of you Pulled Turkey Barbecue, I can almost taste it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us and bringing it to Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and please come back!

  3. MMMMMMMMMMMM,..that looks so tasty & fabulous too!
    Now, you are making me hungry again,..!!

    Kisses from Brussels!

  4. I love pickapeppa sauce! What a great idea to add it to a bbq. Love it. Thank you for sharing this on Real Food Weekly!

  5. I have been looking for a Real Food barbecue sauce recipe for pulled pork; this looks awesome! Thanks!

  6. Marcia@FrugalhomekeepingJanuary 28, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    I like the idea of pulled turkey. Often, I see turkey on sale but don't know what to do with so much meat. Thanks for the recipe!


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