Gluten Free Barbecues
Throughout most supermarkets and food establishments you are now able to find references to the gluten content of foods and find many alternative products for those who need to follow a gluten-free diet. Fortunately there is a much greater understanding of coeliac disease and gluten based foods nowadays so that no-one need miss out on a fabulous barbecue feast.
Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disorder which causes suffers to be intolerant to gluten in their diet. Gluten can be found in the proteins in wheat, rye, barley and even some oats. Should someone with coeliac disease ingest gluten the immune system effectively attacks and even causes damage to the small intestine, the result being both painful and causing additional long term health complications.
Clearly it is important that someone with coeliac disease avoid gluten, however this might seem difficult as many traditional barbecue foods contain gluten. Fortunately it only takes a few changes and some awareness to enable your gluten-free guest to be able to enjoy the feast as much as anyone else.
For convenience, gluten free barbecue foods can actually be bought pre-prepared in most major supermarkets yet to be honest, it is just as easy and possibly better taste-wise to make your own suitable foods.
It is important first of all to be aware of the risk of contaminating grilled foods with gluten based foods. To ensure there is no overlap either clean your grill between times or cook gluten free alternatives within a packet or suitable container. Also remember to clean barbecue tools and have separate utensils and cutlery available. Gluten free foods should be served separately to mainstream products, just the same way that they would be for a vegetarian.
When buying any sauces or accompaniments you will be able to check whether these are gluten free and alert your guest or affected guest accordingly. There are again a great number of gluten free sauces and marinades available or again you may make your own, such as this easy gluten-free barbecue sauce.
- 1 and 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 heaped tbsp. of honey (not sugar)
- 1 small onion, minced
- 50ml water
- 1/2 clove of minced garlic
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. When grilling use this sauce by brushing it over the foods as required.
Bread and bread rolls, staples at any barbecue, are the main cause for concern for anyone hosting a barbecue with one of more guests needing gluten free foods. Again they are readily available fresh or frozen for convenience however, if you are dab hand at bread making and prefer to make fresh rolls rather than serve pre-make ones then there are number of bread mixes available which are gluten free and which are perfect for both the bread maker or to make rolls that go straight in the oven. Remember that regardless of which method you choose that you need to be aware once again of the risk of cross-contamination.
The last thing that you want at your barbecue is for anyone to feel excluded, hungry or fed up. Worse still you would hate the thought of a guest feeling ill because of something they had eaten. The key to cooking for any guests, be they vegetarian, vegan, have food intolerances, need a gluten-free diet or indeed anything else is to be aware. With a small amount of forward planning there is no need for anyone to miss out on your fabulous Landman charcoal or Landmann gas barbecued fancies.
If you haven't got a grill yet then take a look through our brilliant Landmann barbecue range.