Keeping Your Cook-Out Gluten Free


Summer’s here, and we all know what that means: warm, sunny evenings, the occasional bug bite, and the smell of a grill somewhere nearby almost every night! Keeping Your Cook-Out Gluten Free is a priority for those following a gluten-free diet.

Cookouts are a staple of summer fun, especially when you’re able to spend time with plenty of friends and family, or are celebrating a special event.

If you personally watch what you eat due to a gluten sensitivity or total allergy, then you’re probably already aware of all the recipes and tips needed to prepare a fully safe (and delicious) lineup of food to serve at an outdoor gathering.

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Preparing Your Kitchen

Before cooking gluten-free dishes, thoroughly clean and sanitize all surfaces, utensils, and cookware to prevent any trace of gluten from contaminating the food.

Importance of Awareness

Respect your guests’ dietary needs and understand that even small amounts of gluten can cause serious health issues for some individuals.

Gluten-Free Recipe Ideas


Now that you’re aware of the precautions, here are some delicious gluten-free options you can confidently serve at your cookout:


  • Plain Meats and Seafood: Ensure seasonings and marinades are gluten-free.
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Naturally gluten-free; be cautious with dressings and sauces.
  • Plain Dairy Products: Check for any hidden additives that may contain gluten.
  • Vegetable Oils: Most are safe, but verify to be certain.

By adhering to these guidelines and offering these gluten-free options, you can ensure that all your guests enjoy a safe and delicious dining experience at your cookout.

Main Courses

Hamburgers and hot dogs are a staple at summer cookouts! Be sure to prepare them on a sanitized grill with safe seasonings, and have gluten-free buns readily available to prevent your guests from eating with forks and knives.

Ribs are also great on the grill, but usually not so great completely plain! Pick up some Sweet Baby Ray’s or Jack Daniels master blend BBQ sauce to offer with your ribs, since most sauces in both lines are safe for gluten-free diets.

Kebabs are an excellent option since you can combine a variety of awesome, naturally gluten-free flavours, and toss them on the grill as well! Try making your own with diced chicken, bacon, and veggies like onions and bell peppers such as spicy Moroccan pork and pepper kebabs!


Deviled eggs are a simple side, and can be very versatile! Spice yours up with chopped veggies, garnish, or safe seasoning to really wow your guests!

Plain corn, surprisingly, is a lovely gluten-free option that can be served on the cob over the grill, or off the cob as a side dish. Be sure to have the appropriate toppings available to suit your guests’ preferences!

Baked beans are yet another common cookout staple – if you’d like to offer them and still save time, be sure to pick up a can or two of Bush’s baked beans, since their brand promises on their website that all of their canned bean products are completely gluten-free.

Salads, healthy and delicious salads to go with your cook-out check here!


Fruit Salad is always an awesome and easy option since fruits are naturally gluten-free. But if you’re really looking to surprise and please your guests, you can find a whole list of in-depth and intricate gluten-free desserts to explore. 

So now that you’re all informed, what are you waiting for? Fire up the grill, get chopping, and enjoy both your own delicious creations, and the look on your guests’ faces when they see what you’ve done to prepare for them!


About author:

Jennifer is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!