Top 10 BBQ Tips

Hi! My name is Justin, and these are my top 10 allergy-safe BBQ tips:

1. Get Involved in Planning the Event

If you are able to lend a hand in the planning process, not only will the other people involved be grateful, but you will also be able to work to keep the food safe for you and others with allergies.

2. Arrive Early

This minimizes the chances that cross contamination will have occurred, and it lets you to talk to the  people preparing and serving foods before things get too busy.

3. Communicate

Tell people about your allergy. The more people are aware, the safer it will be. Take this opportunity to answer any questions about allergies that people may have.

4. Ask Questions

If you are unsure or suspicious about any of the food there, ask the person that prepared or brought it. If they don’t know what’s in it or how it was prepared, give it a miss.

5. Bring Snacks From Home

Bring some food from home for yourself, just in case you can’t find something safe to eat.

6. Bring Your Epinephrine Auto-injector!

This one should go without saying. One of the most important ways to stay safe in every situation is to have your epinephrine auto-injector with you.

7. Bring a Cell Phone

This way, if something does go wrong, you can call for help as quickly as possible.

8. Bring a Friend

Having someone else there to look out for you doubles your chances of staying safe. Tell them where you’re carrying your epinephrine auto-injector and show them how to use it.

9. Stay Alert

Keep an eye out for possible cross-contamination and other risks.

10. Enjoy Yourself!

You can have a good time, even while putting safety first! Have fun, socialize, and eat!

Would you add or change any of these tips? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below!


4 responses

  1. Justin!
    Great suggestions! Additionally I would recommend reading ingredient labels on condiments including barbeque sauces. Often times these items are overlooked and are notorious for hidden allergens!

  2. Great tips! I can’t eat wheat, which is found in a lot of BBQ favourites, including many hotdogs, veggie burgers, marinades, and of course buns. I’ll often skip the barbecued options, or cook something wrapped in tin foil, to avoid cross-contamination with the grill and grilling utensils. I usually bring something from home too – a big container to share and a small (cross-contamination-free) container for myself. Mmmm, potato salad…

  3. My son has peanut allergy so I offer to bring deserts that way I don’t have to worry about him grabbing or being given something containing peanut or traces of. He is too young to teach about allergies and many people think if there is no peanut then its fine to give him

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