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Memorial Day weekend means grilling season is in full gear for the summer. But did you know that, if you’re gluten-free, you must be careful navigating a grillout? That’s because hidden gluten is lurking in many foods, and many foods have come in contact with gluten as well.
I’d like to share with you a few tips to helping you enjoy a safe, gluten-free BBQ this summer, as well as some gluten-free products made by brands I love that make grilling season a little easier. All of the companies listed below I featured in my TV segment on KWGN-TV Channel 2 on May 23, 2018. You can watch the segment below.
Tips to Safe Gluten-Free BBQing
Tip #1: Bring Your Meat and Buns: If you’re going to someone’s house for a grill out, be sure to bring your own hot dogs and buns. Ask your friend to cook your hot dogs on the grill (wrapped in foil) or in a clean pan for you to avoid cross contact with the grill that may have cooked items containing gluten. Make sure your buns stay in the bag you brought them in – friends often take the gluten-free buns out of the bag and display them alongside the regular buns. Make sure you communicate that these buns stay in the bag or just hoard a bun in your purse before you hand over the rest of the buns to your friend to share!
Tip #2: Bring a Dish to Share: You can easily whip up a gluten-free dish to share with everyone. The best part is you know you’ll be able to safely eat that item, so make it something good!
Tip #3: Watch Out for Hidden Gluten: Beware of hidden gluten in items like dips, potato salads, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, marinades, salad dressings, burgers and chips. If you don’t know what’s in it, don’t eat it.
Tip #4: Avoid Cross Contamination: Be careful using items that come in contact with gluten – like condiments and serving tongs. Buffets are notorious for cross contamination. Try to take your food first, ask for a fresh bag of potato chips (not one everyone has touched) and when in doubt, don’t eat it. If possible, bring your own condiments as the mustard has been handled by everyone touching gluten – putting your meal at risk!
Gluten-Free BBQ Products
Hot Dogs: You can enjoy delicious grass-fed, grass-finished beef hot dogs thanks to Teton Waters Ranch. All hot dogs are free of gluten, fillers, nitrates and antibiotics.
Gluten-Free Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns: I often enjoy a good hot dog bun, and Canyon Bakehouse delivers. Its buns offer up a soft texture that don’t crumble or fall apart when you bite into it. Buy on Amazon.