Barbecue season’s here, and it’s time to fire up the grill! If you’re on a gluten-free diet, barbecue gatherings can be more stressful than fun. Gluten is hiding in sauces, burgers, hot dogs, and buns, and cross-contamination can be a real issue. Here are some tips for avoiding gluten at your next barbecue plus some amazing gluten-free grilling recipes to share.
1. Offer to be the grill master
If you man the grill, you’ll have more control over keeping the grates clean and avoiding cross-contamination. You can cordon off a special section of the grill just for gluten-free food.
2. Check ingredients
Ask to see marinade and sauce bottles to check ingredients. Certain condiments like Worcestershire sauce typically contain gluten, so double-checking ingredients is a must.
3. BYOF: Bring Your Own Food
Toting your own eats along to the party removes any uncertainty about hidden ingredients, so you can relax and enjoy yourself all night long. No worries about what’s on the menu when you make and bring it with you!
4. Get to know gluten-free traps
There are a few grilled classics that are good to know about. Some hot dogs contain gluten, so check the package before grabbing one. Also, burgers sometimes contain breadcrumbs and special sauces that have gluten in them. Being aware of these gluten traps will keep you eating clean.
5. Avoid cross-contamination
Watch for gluten leaks! This goes for grilling space, utensils, and trays that touch food. Toasting hot dog and burger buns on the grill is common, so make sure the grates are clean, or use aluminum foil or a cedar plank to keep your food from touching the grates. Make sure the utensils you use don’t touch any food containing gluten. This goes for the trays carrying food, also.
Gluten-Free Grilled Favorites
Get your grill on, even when you’re eating gluten-free with these great grilled recipes.
1. Basil-Garlic Grilled Pork Chops
This citrus and herb marinade made with simple ingredients is perfect for a gluten-free diet. Give your backyard barbecue some flavor with these succulent grilled pork chops.
2. Summertime Grilled Salad
Source: Little Broken
This summertime grilled salad is full of flavor, and makes a lovely gluten-free side. A tasty Greek vinaigrette tops off this healthy and delicious vegetable medley.
3. Grilled Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes
Source: What’s Gaby Cooking
Avoid cross-contamination from grill grates with a cedar plank. Not only does it give this salmon incredible flavor, a cedar plank keeps your salmon off the grates, so you don’t have to worry about what’s been on the grill beforehand.
4. Easy Orange Chipotle Marinade
Source: Simply Gluten-Free
Gluten free? You’re good to go with this easy orange chipotle marinade. Jazz up your chicken with this summery sauce and toss it on the grill for an effortless meal.
5. Cheesy Potato Packets
Source: The Kitchn
Aluminum foil creates a safe layer between your food and possibly contaminated grill grates. Try these gluten-free cheesy grilled potato packets so you can enjoy your meal without worry.
6. Grilled Veggie Stacks
Source: Gluten-Free Goddess
The gluten-free crowd will love these rustic grilled vegetable stacks with lemon hummus. They’re a great vegan and gluten-free option for those with special dietary needs.
7. Peppered Pork Tenderloin
Source: Tide & Thyme
Flavor your pork tenderloin with fresh herbs and spices and toss it on the grill for a tasty gluten-free dinner. This simple peppered pork tenderloin works well with a big garden salad and a side of quinoa.