How to host a gluten free Barbecue that your friends and family won’t hate

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Barbeque season is quickly approaching, and while for many that’s a reason to celebrate, if you’re gluten sensitive it could be a sad day. Many BBQ foods simply aren’t friendly to people with celiac’s, and it can be hard to make your family and friends understand that.

However, you can easily take matters into your own hands by throwing your own gluten free barbecue! So, in this article, we’ll be talking about how to host a party that even your non-gluten sensitive friends and family will love!

Choose Foods That Are Naturally Gluten Free

One of the biggest gripes people have with gluten-free eating is that the substitutes are not always the best. So, set yourself up to win here. Choose foods which naturally don’t use ingredients with gluten.

I’d skip the hamburgers and hot dogs since they require bread and go straight for the BBQ instead. Chicken and ribs are naturally gluten free, and there are many great gluten free barbecue sauces you can get that your guests will be familiar with!

Main Courses and Sauces


  • Chicken
  • Ribs
  • Bratwurst
  • Steaks
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Kabobs


  • Sonny’s BBQ
  • Stubb’s
  • Bullseye
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s
  • Some Jack Daniel’s
  • Bone Suckin’ Sauce
  • Huntz BBQ
  • KC Masterpiece
  • Kraft BBQ Sauce

Side Dishes/Snacks

  • Corn on the cob
  • Homemade Potato Salad
  • Homemade Coleslaw
  • Grilled Veggies
  • BBQ Beans
  • Broccoli Salad
  • Grilled Sweet Potatoes
  • UTZ Gluten Free Chips
  • Meat + Cheese Kabobs
  • Santitas Tortilla Chips
  • Dean’s French Onion Dip
  • Salad Bar
  • Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Grilled Asparagus




  • Vodka Lemonade
  • Mojitos
  • Strawbery Daquiris
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider
  • Ipswich Ale
  • Captain Morgan
  • White Claw Hard Seltzer
  • Sangria
  • Stone Delicious IPA
  • Ghostfish Brewing


  • Ice Tea
  • Coca Cola
  • Blue Sky Sodas
  • Powerade
  • Lemonade
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Beck’s NA Blue Lager
  • Brewdog Vagabond Ale
  • Kopparberg Cider
  • Water

Assure Your Guests That They Don’t Need To Bring Anything

Try to assure your guests that you’ll be providing everything for the barbecue, so as to avoid contamination with gluten filled foods. Most guests will be fine with this, but some people feel it’s rude to not bring something for the host.

If this is the case for you, then try to request that they bring something that’s specific and easy to get which is also gluten free. For example, you could ask them to bring some liquor, or a food item which is naturally gluten free, like a watermelon.

This ensures that there are no hurt feelings, while also making sure that you don’t have to be in contact with gluten products.

Be sensitive of other people’s food issues

You wish people would be sensitive to your needs right? Well, you should do the same for them! When creating the menu for your barbecue party, try to include some options that will allow people on low-carb, vegetarian, or vegan diets to mix and match and not feel left out.

This can be as easy as adding a salad bar, which will allow them to build a plate that’s acceptable for their diet. Guests can forgo protein, or carbs depending on their needs, and they’ll remember that you thought of them.

It’s also a good idea to keep sauces and toppings, like butter and cheese, separate from the main food items. This allows people to add them if they want, or pass on them if it doesn’t fit in their diet.

Keep Bugs Out Of Your Party Without Pesticides

Did you know that some people believe that pesticides are actually to blame for the woes of celiac’s sufferers? Some researchers are trying to build a link between glyphosate, and gluten sensitivity. While the findings are not yet confirmed, it’s worth using a natural pest control solution for your yard rather than nasty bug sprays anyway.

The best way to control pests in your yard that’s friendly to the environment and your body? A mosquito trap. These devices use no poisons. Instead, they attract bugs using things like heat, CO2, etc. Then they capture them in a net or water basin.

If you live in an area that’s particularly bad for mosquitoes, it’s a worthwhile investment, and it can quickly thin out the local swarms without exposing you to pesticides which may or may not be making your gluten sensitivities worse.