BBQ Recipe Ideas With Clean Ingredients

Summer Time is Here!

That means bbq's, picnics, and outdoor parties. Take time to plan Paleo dishes for these special events, or even just dinner at home. Compare common recipes with Paleo recipe alternatives that are nutritious, taste delicious, and can be enjoyed by everyone.

Sesame Broccoli Salad 

Most of the traditional BBQ side dishes are high in fat from the mayonnaise or creamy dressing, while this Broccoli Slaw has healthy fat from almonds, olive oil and sesame oil. The vegetable ingredients are non-starchy vegetables, which are lower in carbs and calories, yet still a nutrient-dense side dish. One serving of broccoli slaw provides more than 50% of the daily value (DV) for vitamins A and C.

Salad Ingredients:

• 3 cups cut-up broccoli

• 2 cups shredded carrots (i.e. Trader Joe’s or Dole 10 oz. bag)

• 1 cup chopped cauliflower

• 2 green onions, chopped

• ¼ cup minced cilantro

• ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds

• ¼ cup Paleo Sesame Dressing (see recipe)

Sesame Dressing Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup coconut aminos

• 2 tbsp rice vinegar

• 2 tbsp Olive oil

• 1 tsp sesame oil

• 2 tsp honey

• 1 clove garlic, minced

• 1 tsp minced fresh ginger or a pinch of ground ginger


1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a container with a lid, such as a mason jar or other salad dressing bottle. Shake for 15 – 20 seconds and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl combine broccoli slaw, carrots, green onions, cilantro, and almonds. Stir to combine.

3. Drizzle dressing over vegetables and toss to coat, then serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Typical homemade burgers can have up to 870 calories, depending on what toppings are chosen. White or wheat flour-based buns can have excess amounts of preservatives for shelf-life stability and are not gluten-free. Switch your buns for a nutrient dense choice like sweet potatoes. Nutrient dense means that the food you choose has the maximum amount of nutritional value for the calories. Win-win. Another great reason for switching to sweet potato is it replaces the craving for fries.


· 4 medium sweet potatoes

· 2 lbs. boneless pork tenderloin

· 2 tsp paprika

· 1 tsp ground cumin

· ½ yellow onion

· 1 tsp garlic powder

· 1 tsp red chili flakes

· 1 tsp pepper


· Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce

· Green Onion


1. Preheat your oven to 350.

2. Wash and clean your sweet potatoes. Cut your sweet potatoes almost half way down the middle, but not completely splitting your potato.

3. Take a tablespoon of oil and gently rub it in your sweet potatoes. Place your sweet potatoes in the oven. Let them cook for 35-40 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, prepare your crockpot or slow cooker. Fill it with water.

5. Add paprika, cumin, garlic powder, chili flakes, pepper, and onion to your slow cooker.

6. Add your pork tenderloin and cook on high for up to 4 hours.

7. Once the pork tenderloin is finished split into servings to stuff on top of sweet potatoes. Add Tessemae’s BBQ sauce as desired and add any other toppings.

*Rarely does this recipe need a full sweet potato, try serving half of a sweet potato face open and add your pork tenderloin on top for a lower carb index.

Makes 4 servings.

Spicy Shrimp Skewers 

Hot dogs and corndogs are easy finger food at a BBQ, but not nearly as healthy as Shrimp Skewers. The processed bun and corn breading, along with highly processed meat and nitrates often leads to an unhappy gut afterwards. Unlike shrimp, which is a lean, clean protein that will leave your belly feeling good at the end of the day.


• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 clove garlic, minced

• ½ tsp ground cumin

• ½ tsp dried oregano

• ½ tsp dried thyme

• ¼ tsp paprika

• ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

• 1 lb. large shrimp* (16/20 count), shelled and deveined

• 4-5 wooden skewers


8. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients except shrimp.

9. Add shrimp and toss until well coated. Cover and marinate for 1-2 hours.

10. Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes.

11. Thread 3-4 shrimp on each skewer.

12. Arrange skewers on oiled grill and cook for 3 minutes or until under side is beginning to turn pink. Flip skewers and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.

13. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

* Shrimp should be avoided if any type of reaction has been detected when eating shrimp or shellfish in the past. Substitute cubed boneless, skinless chicken breast if allergy is a concern.

If you're looking for a ready-made finger food, choose from a variety of our new meat snacks - delicious flavors free of nitrates and preservatives. They're Certified Paleo, high-protein food everyone can snack on.

Fruity Sorbet 

The average amount of sugar in ice cream pints can range from 20-30g of sugar for ½ cup (and really, who eats just a 1/2 cup of ice cream?). And because people are likely to eat much more than 1/2 cup of ice cream, it's easy to get to 40-60g of sugar, and even more. A great substitute for ice-cream socials during hot weather is a fruity sorbet. Natural sugars from fruit can curb anyone's “sweet tooth” and because it's dairy-free, this sorbet also can be enjoyed by someone with lactose or soy sensitivities.


• 1 Small handful mint, fresh

• 5 cups raspberries, organic (frozen or fresh)

• 3 tbsp honey

• 3 tbsp lime juice

• 3/4 cup water

• 1 tbsp chocolate shavings


1. In a saucepan warm honey with the water until boiling.

2. Turn off heat and add mint to mix with the diluted honey (let mixture completely cool off)

3. Add raspberries to a blender

4. Add honey-mint water and blend all ingredients

5. Pour the mixture into a freezer-friendly container that is made to insulate ice-cream

6. Place container in freezer for 7-8 hours

7. Top with mint leaves, chocolate shavings, and a few fresh raspberries

1 comment

  • Jennifer

    Hello! Does the bbq salad contain cucumbers? In the ingredient list it doesnt list it but in the directions it does. Thank you!

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