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By Hannah Whittenly

The hardest part above going by a gluten-free diet, is that gluten is in everything! This can be especially hard if you’re trying to have the perfect BBQ. If you have found this to be your issue, here are some great ideas to ensure that you can still enjoy some Southern goodness without gluten.

The Meat

A popular BBQ dish is pork butt. This may not sound like it may have a lot of gluten in it, but, surprisingly, a lot of recipes actually have some in it. However, all you need is to get a good hunk of boneless pork butt and find a molasses-based recipe. Molasses doesn’t contain any gluten; however, if you’re getting it in the syrup form then you should double check the ingredients just in case. As for the meat itself, there’s nothing in a gluten-free diet to restrict you from cooking it over a propane grill. Depending on which heat setting you use and how thick you cut up the pieces of pork, it should take no more than 15 or 20 minutes to cook. Just know that if you run it on higher settings, which is best for meats with a high fat content, you’re probably going to be using up a lot of fuel. If you run out, you can easily order propane in Jefferson or wherever you’re living.

BBQ Sauce

The one thing that you cannot go without for a BBQ is your sauce, but that just might be a problem for you. Many of the brands in the store contain additives, GMOs, and gluten. This makes it hard for you to find the right sauce. The key, again, is to go back to the basics and start cooking from scratch using a gluten-free recipe. You can easily find a paleo recipe that is packed full of ingredients, including blackstrap molasses and coconut aminos, that you can use. Making your own sauces is a great way to ensure that gluten is left out and that nothing is cross-contaminated in the creation process.

Gluten-Free Bread

No decent BBQ is complete without bread. If you’re like Oprah, who is a big lover of bread, then this is something that you just can’t go without. However, it can be hard to find a good gluten-free replacement. Luckily, though, you can make a good biscuits without the use of flour. Just drizzle some honey on top and you’ve got all you need! They’re also really good to make little meat sandwiches too.

Side Dishes

Hush Puppies-yum! They’re a key part of many barbecues, but, unfortunately, they contain gluten. When challenges like this arise, it’s time to head to Pinterest. Seriously, though, that site can be your best friend when you’re on the hunt for a good recipe. On there, you can find recipes that are just as satisfactory as the real deal and replace the gluten with things like brown rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch.

Staying gluten-free and firing up the grill is not as hard as you may think. With these recipes, you could probably invite your friends and family over and they would never know that they were eating a gluten-free meal. Just don’t tell them, it will be our little secret!

About The Author:
Hannah Whittenly is a Mom, freelance writer & Sacramento, CA native. Follow her on Twitter @hannahwhittenly

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