It’s grill season! For humans, that means you’re filling up your weekends with backyard barbecues and your stomachs with double bacon cheeseburgers, gourmet hot dogs and grilled bourbon-soaked peaches. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it. But what about Sparky? Is it fair to give him the same old dry dog food while we partake in a summer flavor bonanza? Here at DogVacay, we think not! Here are 5 awesome, Fido approved BBQ recipes to try at your next cookout that will make you the bark of the party!
If your pup has his eyes glued on you every time you have a juicy burger in your hands, this treat is for him. This simple baked recipe from Doggy Dessert Chef is one that your dog will enjoy to the last morsel and only takes 20 minutes to make. Bone-us: this recipe serves up enough for all the dogs in the neighborhood.
For the healthy, Doga loving pup, here’s a healthier recipe from Dog Treat Kitchen with flavor that will make your pooch go bonkers. The chicken broth and barbecue sauce packs them full of flavor while the addition of wheat germ and rye keeps this recipe healthy. Remember, when choosing a barbecue sauce, make sure to choose one with a low sugar content.
Want to give your pup something slightly more decadent? Try making these chicken liver dog treats and your dogs are sure to lick the plate clean. The crunchy texture keeps them entertained while the chicken livers ensure that these treats are bursting with flavor from beginning to end. We promise, there won’t even be crumbs left to speak of.
If you want a treat that goes straight from the grill to Lassie’s mouth, you have to check out this next recipe from SimplyPets. The Doggy Turkey Burger can be made on the grill, uses potatoes as “buns” and will make your dog perform tricks you don’t even remember teaching him.
This treat is good for both a summer barbeque and for a cozy winter treat so feel free to whip these up all year long! This recipe contains olive oil which helps your pup keep their coat nice and shiny so not only will they LOVE the taste of it, it’s also helping them look pretty and stay healthy. Serve this at the next puppy pool pawty and all the neighborhood pups will be clamoring for more!
To end your BBQ on a slightly sweeter note, try making these Peanut Butter treats covered in carob chips. Dogs will go wild for the peanuttery goodness. To add that little special something, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to show your pup just how much you love him. He might be too busy chowing down to notice but it’s the little things in life that matter. (Note: When making this, please make sure to purchase Carob chips and NOT chocolate. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine that can be toxic to dogs.)
What next? 6 More Homemade Doggie Treats
Remember, all the recipes seen here should be given to your dog sparingly. Although he’ll undoubtedly find them delicious, too much of a good thing could be bad. For a complete list of foods your dog shouldn’t eat, check out our blog post. If you’re hosting a dog on vacay, these treats will ensure that no pup will ever want to leave your home!
Written by Priscilla Liang