Summer is the time for picnics, family reunions and backyard grilling. This doesn't have to be dreadful times for people needing a gluten-free diet. There are many dishes that are traditional type summer fare.
In first thinking of the grill (Charcoal or Gas) most meats and fish/seafood are gluten-free. You have to watch out for hot dogs and all kinds of sausages but many brands are gluten-free. Just check the labels or call the company to confirm one way or the other. Most labels now have a phone number on them for help.
Another area of the meat grilling to watch is marinades and sauces that you may use. Again, if using bottled marinades and sauces, check the label or call the company. If you are making your own, then confirm that your ingredients to be used are gluten-free. An example for everyone is "Soy Sauce" and you can find it with and without gluten. Kikkoman makes both kinds. Just be sure the label says "Gluten-Free" and for Kikkoman it is in big print.
Grilling fruits and vegetables is mostly gluten-free. It depends on if you do anything to them with sauces or marinades. You can even do pizza on the grill by using a gluten-free crust.
Your standard side dishes such as potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans and even pasta salad are easily made gluten-free. It's all about watching what you put in the recipe.
After thinking about it a bit, it is probably easier to have picnics or grill out in the backyard than going to a restaurant to eat. It just takes a little planning ahead to have a fun time during the summer.
This week I'm posting a recipe for "Grilled Pork Chops in Soy Sauce Marinade (GF)" on Wednesday. Then a recipe for "Old Fashioned Potato Salad" on Thursday. I hope you try them and give me some feedback. Please enjoy the rest of the summer and "Happy Cooking" until next week.