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Tailgating and Gluten-Free

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Are you ready for some football?

For those of you who don't know, let's get it on the record right now, I am a HUGE Green Bay Packer Fan! Since it's NFL kick off weekend, I thought I would talk about a traditional football tailgating food - Brats! I can smell them now. The charcoal of the grill, the beer (Gluten-Free of course). If you live in Wisconsin, then you know it is a Sunday staple. Can't tailgate without them. When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I pretty much cut that food out of my life. I was told that the only way to make a "real" brat is to beer boil prior to grilling. I tried them without boiling in beer and it just wasn't the same. Then I discovered gluten-free beer. There are so many choices of gluten-free beers and while they can be a tad pricey, it's totally worth it for this Sunday football tradition.

I usually use the Original Johnsonville Brats, which the website does state as gluten-free. However, I ran across a company based in Plymouth, Wisconsin - Gilbert's Craft Sausages. They make a Gluten-Free Beer Bratwurst that is made with Lakefront New-Grist Gluten-Free Beer! Their sausages boast no corn syrup, no msg, no nitrates or nitrites. Sounds yummy! If you are going to have bratwurst, which might not be the best food choice, then it might as well be as healthy a sausage as possible, right? Oh yeah, and don't forget the sauerkraut!

What are some of your tailgating traditions and recipes you've modified for your food allergy or gluten sensitivity? Please email me at [email protected] with recipe suggestions or visit our recipe submission page.