Can I Eat That BBQ Sauce?
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Can I Eat That BBQ Sauce?

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Whether it's Memorial Day, Labor Day or any weekend, many of us will be breaking out the grill for an American tradition; BBQ. We will gather with our families to celebrate the long weekend, head out to the lakes or go camping before the seasons change. Inevitably these outings will revolve around food. When you have food allergies, barbecues can complicate the situation. For example, BBQ sauce; we slather it on just about anything, but bbq sauces are notorious for hidden food allergens. Take a look below for some allergy friendly and gluten-free alternatives:

Stubb's BBQ Sauces

Stubb's brand boasts a wide array of marinades, rubs and multiple bbq sauce flavors that are all natural and gluten-free. It is sweet and tangy with a kick of black pepper and vinegar. Not only are the ingredients gluten-free, but they are wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. They don't use artificial preservatives and it has that legendary Texas bbq taste we love. Check out the following ingredients to make sure it is safe for your special dietary needs. All Natural Gluten Free Ingredients: Water, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Tapioca Dextrin, Salt, Brown Sugar, Spices, Corn Starch, Onion, Paprika, Garlic, Chili Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Corn Syrup, Tamarind, Natural Flavors.


Emeril's Bam! B-Q Sauces

Available in Original, Sweet Molasses, and Kicked Up flavors they are all gluten-free and the company indicates that they use gluten-free lines, equipment, or facilities ensuring that cross-contamination is not an issue. Emeril's sauces are Kosher certified and seem to be free of other food allergens except soy. Here is a list of ingredients: water, tomato paste, sugar, distilled vinegar, cayenne peppers, salt, natural liquid smoke, modified food startch, spices, onion powder, xanthan gum, caramel color, celery seed, auolyzed yeast, garlic hydrolyzed soy protein, pectin, sodium benzoate, natural & aritifcial flavors.

If you are looking for something a little different try a North Alabama Style White BBQ Sauce made famous by Big Bob Gibson's BBQ in Decatur, Alabama. While the restaurant does sell it's sauce to the public, this one is simple to make at home , it goes with everything and you can be assured that your ingredients are allergy friendly and gluten-free. I especially like this sauce with pulled pork, but you can use it as a marinade or to baste. Once you try this, you may never go back to a red, traditional sauce again. Most of the ingredients you probably have in your pantry: mayonnaise, apple juice, lemon juice, white vinegar, minced garlic, sugar, salt, prepared horseradish, cayenne pepper. Click HERE for the recipe details.

Suprisingly, there are quite a few safe choices and I've only highlighted a few. Do your own research and find one that you like best!

Happy Labor Day!

~Juli La Porte ([email protected])