In 2020, more than 271 million people in the United States will use barbecue sauces and marinades.
At this point, I can’t guess how much of this would have been put on chicken.
Since chicken is Americans’ go-to meat, I’m going to guess a large number.
But should we give it to our dogs or share it with them?
Shall we investigate this, then?
Can dogs have BBQ chicken?
Barbecued chicken in moderation is fine for dogs to eat.
This dog food is extremely unhealthy and may contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs when consumed in large quantities.
There are a plethora of barbecue chicken products on the market, each with their own unique blend of ingredients.
This abundance of choice can lead to a sense of paralysis.
Here, I’ll assess the relative safety of numerous ingredients commonly used in dog food.
What is BBQ chicken?
To make barbecue chicken, you can either cook the raw chicken over an open flame on a grill or in a conventional oven after coating it in BBQ sauce.
There are a lot of chicken dishes that aren’t great for your dog because they come with sauces, such as chicken balls and sesame chicken.
You can go one of three ways with BBQ chicken: buy it already cooked, buy a bottle of sauce, or make your own.
I plan on investigating each possibility in turn to determine how dog-friendly they are.
Can dogs eat ready made cooked BBQ chicken?
I’m currently perusing a few best-sellers on the Walmart website.
- Salted, cooked chicken with seasonings.
- Tomato paste
- HFCS, or high-fructose corn syrup
- A brown sugar
The chicken salt, the MSG, and the soy sauce are the three most problematic components.
Corn sweetener and dark sugar.
Can dogs eat salt?
Your dog probably doesn’t need any extra salt because it gets plenty from the food it already eats.
As long as your dog only consumes a small amount of this product on occasion, the salt content will not be harmful.
Salt content makes rotisserie chicken another human chicken dish that should be avoided when feeding your dog.
Can dogs eat sugar?
OK And the same goes for the corn syrup and brown sugar.
Sugar isn’t necessary for your dog’s diet, so don’t give them too much.
Can dogs eat tomato paste?
While tomato paste isn’t toxic to dogs, its high fat content makes it difficult to digest for many of them.
At least, that’s how it is with my two canine companions.
A dog’s poop may be a little more liquidy or mushy the day after consuming anything containing tomato paste.
Don’t worry; they’ll be back to normal bowel movements in no time.
Can dogs eat vinegar?
The small amount of vinegar your dog ate was safe.
Can dogs eat onion and garlic?
Onion and garlic powder are included in the formula.
I can’t give you a precise figure because we never find out the exact amount, but rest assured it’s well under 2%.
Small amounts of onion and garlic, like those found in this product, are safe for canines to consume.
Honey BBQ boneless chicken bites will be my next precooked purchase.
The fundamental components are also very similar.
Can dogs eat wheat flour?
In order to ensure that the sauce adheres to the chicken, flour is used in this product.
Wheat-allergic dogs are the only ones who should avoid wheat flour.
Can dogs eat honey?
Bee honey is a common ingredient in barbecue sauce.
Honey BBQ, not regular BBQ, is a common ingredient in many best-sellers.
Honey’s sticky sweetness is sure to be a hit with most canine companions, and it won’t harm them in any way.
Nonetheless, honey is a very calorically dense food because it is, essentially, sugar in another form.
Now that I’ve reviewed a couple of pre-cooked BBQ chicken options, I’ll move on to some pre-made BBQ sauces.
I will make some notes if they include ingredients we haven’t discussed yet.
Can dogs eat ready made BBQ sauce?
I compared two widely used BBQ sauces:
- As well as Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce and
- Slow-simmered Sweet Honey Barbecue sauce from Kraft.
These two sauces’ primary components are those already discussed.
That’s great news because it means that even though the sauces are bad for a dog’s health, they aren’t toxic.
That was a nice, brief snippet, right?
Now all I can do is research recipes for homemade barbecue chicken sauce.
I’ll find the ones that are the most widely used and see if they contain anything that could be harmful to your dog.
Can dogs eat homemade BBQ sauce?
When comparing the ingredients lists of two widely used recipes for homemade sauce, I found that they were remarkably similar.
There are four components missing from this recipe thus far.
The seasonings included smoked paprika, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses.
I’m going to go over these one by one now.
Can dogs eat molasses?
In the end, molasses is just an unrefined form of sugar, so it poses no danger to canine digestive systems.
Calories in molasses are roughly 15% higher than in regular sugar.
Can dogs eat Worcestershire sauce?
It’s not clear from the ingredients how much onion or garlic is actually used in this sauce.
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is probably the most well-known of all Worcestershire sauce brands.
Onion and garlic rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in terms of frequency of use in the dish.
As a tablespoon isn’t very much, I think your dog will be fine.
Can dogs eat mustard powder?
The canines in our family find this to be an intriguing ingredient.
The pet poison hotline and other reliable resources make no mention of mustard poisoning in dogs, despite claims to the contrary from some pet websites.
I have no trouble believing that mustard is an irritant for a dog and that eating too much of it can cause diarrhea, a burning sensation in the mouth, and watery eyes in many canines.
However, this does not mean that it is harmful to dogs.
The mustard powder needed for both of these world records in barbecue sauce is substantial.
There’s no point in continuing, in my opinion.
Many of the components of BBQ chicken have already been covered.
But I want to progress to other topics in the next part of my essay.
There’s another risk that BBQ chicken poses to your dog, and I want to go over it.
Can dogs eat under cooked barbecue chicken?
Some of the bacteria found in raw chicken can be harmful, such as salmonella and campylobacter.
One in six Americans gets sick from tainted food each year, according to the USDA.
Lots of people are getting sick, but not all of it is because of undercooked or barbecued chicken.
This data only applies to humans, not canines.
Even though a dog’s tolerance for raw chicken is lower than that of a human’s, it can still be affected by eating raw chicken.
The stomach acid in a dog is significantly more potent than that of a human, making them more resistant to bacteria.
However, barbecued chicken should be cooked thoroughly before being shared with a pet.
Last but not least, I’ll go over some guidelines for selecting the best barbecue chicken for your dog.
Can dogs eat BBQ chicken wings or legs?
Holding a sticky chicken wing or leg in your hand and nibbling at the meat around the bone is one of the best ways to enjoy a bite of BBQ chicken.
I think our dogs would agree if given the chance to make up their own minds.
In contrast, fried chicken presents a number of risks and should never be fed to a dog because of the presence of cooked bones.
This is due to the fact that after being cooked, bones become much more rigid and breakable.
A dog can easily get a splinter in his or her mouth or throat from biting down on a cooked bone.
It’s best to feed your dog raw bones instead of cooked ones, but all bone consumption should be supervised.
So what does this mean for our bbq chicken?
Before feeding your dog any bone, remove the meat.