Backyard grilling is one of the best parts of summer, but a traditional backyard barbecue includes a lot of carbs that low carb dieters just don’t want. Fortunately, there are lots of alternatives out there from buns and condiments to salads and seasonings that help make sure even the strictest low carb dieters can always enjoy a hot, fresh burger off the grill.
This guide to planning a fantastic low carb barbecue will help you choose tasty low carb alternatives to all the foods that you’d normally find at a classic Canadian backyard barbecue, including buns, sauces, condiments, drinks, desserts and more. So, let’s get right to it, so that you can get grilling!
Most meat you’d find at a barbecue will be low carb, so this isn’t too much of a concern. However, what may surprise you is that some homemade burger recipes can call for breadcrumbs to include as part of the patty mix. If someone else is bringing the burgers, whether they are beef, chicken, or some other meat, just make sure you ask them to skip the breadcrumbs or use a low carb breadcrumb mix if they’re making them by hand. It won’t really affect the flavour, and it’s one less thing to worry about for you and your other low carb guests.
But burgers aren’t the only meat you’d want to consider. Fortunately, you’re pretty safe with some of the old favourites like fresh pork sausages, hot dogs, steaks, and chicken. Always check the ingredients to be sure, of course, as some types of these products have been known to contain fillers that may include carbs.
No need to skip the buns at this barbecue! There are lots of delicious bun and bread options available for low carb dieters to enjoy classic burgers and dogs just like everyone else. Hamburger buns, hot dog buns, and sausage buns are all available in low carb varieties, so explore what options you have and pick up enough to cover all the bases for the food you intend to serve. And if you’re in the mood to switch things up and try a new way to enjoy your grilled meats, why not give a wrap or flatbread a try as an alternative to the traditional bun. Who knows, you may even start a trend! You can browse a full range of low carb buns and breads here.
Salads and Dressings
There’s not a lot for low carb dieters to worry about when it comes to vegetables and salads, but there are still a couple of things to keep in mind. Some summer salad recipes call for lots of fruits to be included, but the sugars found in those fruits can add up fast. Be sure to choose salads that are light on fruits and loaded with greens. Spinach, avocados, and olives are great ingredients to think about when crafting your salads, as they are very low in carbs.
Also, when choosing a selection of dressings to accompany your salad, make sure to choose low carb and sugar free salad dressings. They will have all the flavour, but cut out all the things that low carb dieters need to watch out for.
Sauces and Condiments
It’s amazing just how many traditional condiments and sauces have carbs in them. However, this is one part of the backyard barbecue where low carb dieters have just as many options as anyone else. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of delicious sauces and condiments available in low carb varieties, including ketchup and barbecue sauces, mustard, mayo, hot sauce, and many more. It’s always nice to have a lot of options for people to try, so don’t be afraid to pick up a few unusual choices to have on hand in case someone wants to experiment with some new flavour combos. Explore our many sauces and condiments.
Seasonings and Rubs
For those backyard grillers who prefer a dry seasoning to a sauce, there are many choices available for seasoning beef, chicken, pork, seafood, or any other meat you want to throw on the grill. Rubs come in all kinds of flavours, such as garlic, southwest, smoky BBQ, and other savoury styles. If you like things hot and spicy, then why not try a low carb Cajun rub or Island-style Jerk seasoning? They’ll deliver a nice spicy kick to your grilled meats, and keep you coming back for more. Shop our complete range of dry seasonings and spices here.
You wouldn’t typically think of drinks to be a major concern for low carb dieters, but lots of drinks that are found at backyard barbecues are loaded with sugar and other ingredients that low carb dieters need to steer clear of. Fortunately, there are many options available for cold drinks that fit the low carb diet. You can get sodas and carbonated drinks, iced teas, mixers for drinks like Mai Tais and Margaritas, and all kinds of other beverage types so that your guests can have lots of choices to enjoy. Plus, even if you’re not on a low carb diet, it’s never a bad thing to cut out some of the sugars found in a lot of common drinks like juice and soda. Check out our wide range of low carb & sugar free drinks and beverages.
What backyard barbecue would be complete without some scrumptious sweet treats to have as dessert? The classic summer desserts of ice cream, fudge pops, and other frozen treats can be ok, as long as you’re paying attention to the portion sizes. However, if you want to indulge without the potential guilt, low carb dieters have lots of options when it comes to substituting in a low carb dessert for something that is normally high in carbs and sugars. From something as simple as a sugar-free frozen juice pop, to high-protein diet-friendly ice cream, and even decadent home-made low carb cakes, you and your guests will be impressed at just how many choices there are for sweet desserts. No matter what your guests are craving, it’s easy to make sure that your dessert table has everything they are looking for by checking out our full selection of low carb sweet treats.
So, as you can see, there’s all kinds of fantastic food choices you have available to host a stellar backyard barbecue this summer the low carb way. All the classic barbecue foods are ready and waiting for you, as well as some new and unique twists that you can include on your menu to spice things up and give your guests something new to try.