Disclaimer: This post contains gifted items and affiliate links. Personalised Barbecue Tools gifted by IJustLoveIt.co.uk. Gluten Free lager gifted by Skinny Brand.
While I’m sure we were well into a heatwave by this time last year, we have recently been getting some sunnier evenings and warmer weather. With that in mind, it’s getting to be perfect for that essential summer family barbecue. Why not treat the head barbecuer in your family to some new personalised barbecue tools to celebrate?
Whether you’ve got a small gathering or a full family blowout, these events can be stressful for those of us trying to avoid our gluten allergies. With that in mind, here are some top tips for staying gluten free this barbecue season.
Keep it simple, or make your own glazes
Sometimes the easiest way of keeping food gluten free is to keep it simple Forego the fancy dressings and keep it simple – chicken, pork chops and steaks with simple potatoes and salads are a clean eating way of doing a barbecue and are more likely to have a cleaner list of ingredients.
If you do want something a bit more flavourful, making your own barbecue rubs and marinades can be much cheaper than the expensive ones in the Free From aisle. Check out these recipes for homemade gluten free barbecue sauce and gluten free barbecue marinades.
Browse the supermarkets
That being said, if you are looking for super quick and easy options for those last minute barbecue plans, straight out of the packet and onto the barbecue, a lot of the UK supermarkets are winning with their barbecue ranges. Of course you’ll need to read labels carefully, but lots of places are much more proud with their gluten free logos.
I love the look of the Morrisons barbecue range, with gluten free options including:
Clean tools & surfaces
When you’re dealing with a mixture of gluten free foods and ‘normal’ food – using clean surfaces and tools is imperative – I’ve got a lovely collection of colour-coded chopping boards for gluten free pieces, separate tongs can help too. This barbecue season, all our meats and skewers will be gluten free, but just to add that extra security, my dad (the BBQ expert in our house) has a brand new set of personalised barbecue tools from I Just Love It.
This gorgeous personalised tool set comes with stainless steel quality barbecue tongs, spatula, meat brush and pronged fork all wrapped up in a lightweight canvas bag and decorated with a rustic look wooden name plate. I’m a wuss about spitting fat when cooking, and the handles are long enough to turn chicken or flip burger without worrying about splattering yourself.
Don’t forget the drinks!
A summery drink is one of the best parts of a barbeque. If you can tolerate gluten free beers, why not get a pack in to add to the party. I’m kind of half pretending to be on a health kick at the moment. so Skinny Lager is the perfect option – it’s relatively low calorie, vegan and gluten free, so it’s bound to please multiple people.
I know not everyone can tolerate gluten free lagers, so why not make some summery cocktails, whether it’s a jug of Pimms, something fruity (check out these summery cocktails using Pago Fruit Juice), or a classic G&T (these gins are perfect for summer)!