Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce & Other Fare for the 4th of July

Julie Ryan Evans

barbecueIf you're like most people, you have more than one friend or relative who's following a gluten-free diet whether by choice or out of necessity because they have celiac disease. So when it comes to entertaining, it's always good to have some great gluten-free dishes that everyone will like.

Since this Fourth of July weekend is all about the grilling, if you're entertaining, it's important to think of all the various marinades and sauces you use to make sure there are no traces of gluten hiding. Barbecue sauce is one of those that people often forget about, but many versions contain it. Here's a delicious recipe for a gluten-free version of barbecue sauce that you can use on chicken, beef, or any other kind of meat, as well as some great gluten-free BBQ side dishes to serve up alongside the main course.

Gluten-Free Barbecue Sauce (from Elana's Pantry)

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup shallots, minced
1 (7 ounce) bottle tomato paste
1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Warm oil in a saucepan over medium low heat

Add garlic and shallot; cook until soft

Add tomato paste, orange juice, vinegar, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper

Simmer over low heat 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often

Baste over fish or chicken

Refrigerate and allow to marinate for 1-3 hours

Grill and serve

As for other sides, potato salad is a must. This recipe incorporates the kick of horseradish.

This quinoa salad with blueberries, strawberries and watermelon is refreshing and festive -- perfect for the Fourth of July.

For desert, check out this incredible gluten-free ice cream cake. No one will miss gluten when devouring this goodness.

What are your favorite gluten-free BBQ dishes?

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