Firing up the grill or the smoker? Nothing beats the flavor of food cooked outdoors, and if you’re on a keto or low-carb diet, keto BBQ recipes are always a perfect pick. Hungry? Read on and check out this collection of delicious recipes plus helpful tips and advice for getting the best flavor from your grill and smoker!
Whether you’re grilling or smoking, you can pile on the flavor when you opt for keto BBQ. Just about any kind of meat, seafood, and vegetable can go on the grill or the smoker to infuse every bite with flavor. Add your favorite keto rub to chicken, pork and beef and kiss it with flames until perfectly cooked. Or, marinate vegetables and seafood and sear them over a high heat until perfectly grilled.
Best Things To Smoke in a Smoker
I’ve smoked everything from big, cheap hunks of pork (mmmm keto pulled pork) to Brussels sprouts, but hands down, some of my favorites on the smoker include:
smoked chicken breast
smoked pork (wrap pork loin in bacon and smoke it)
beef tenderloin – is simply amazing and melt-in-your-mouth-tender on the smoker
asparagus – the light smoke flavor transforms this grassy vegetable into something amazing!
Gas or Charcoal Grill?
This is a personal preference. Gas or propane grills have the benefit if firing up and heating up quickly, and you can control the temperature much more easily. The downside is that you don’t get quite the same level of flavor as you would from a charcoal grill.
Charcoal takes longer to heat up and maintaining the temperature is a bit harder. You will have to manipulate the coals to avoid hot spots, but the flavor is unbeatable.
Wood vs Pellet Smoker
Like choosing between a charcoal and gas grill, using a wood or pellet smoker is a personal choice. For me, I love my Traeger pellet smoker. I love that I can easily control the temperature, even turning up the heat to grill over high heat.
There are a variety of easy-to-use pellets too, with everything from hickory and mesquite – which are better for longer smokes and heartier meats – to applewood and cherry which is better for pork, chicken, and seafood.
Wood-fired smokers require more care and attention, regulating the temperature by adding wood or letting the coals die down. But, the flavor is well worth the effort.
Scroll down for some truly amazing meat smoker recipes.
Keto BBQ Sauce or Keto Rub?
Deciding between a rub and a sauce is also a personal choice. Some recipes clearly call for one or the other, but if you want to double up on the flavor, give your meat a good rub with your favorite keto rub and then when cooked, add your favorite keto BBQ sauce. Smoked pulled pork is especially good when done like this, but you can experiment to find all your favorite meats, sauces, and rubs.
This keto marinade for chicken gives your grilled meat tons of flavor. It's perfect for any summer barbecue. Just whisk the ingredients together and let the meat soak for at least an hour before cooking.
These keto baby back ribs will quite literally be the best ribs you will have ever eaten! They fall off the bone without being overcooked and falling apart, have a nice bark (or crust), and are loaded with flavor!
Smoked onions are the best side dish ever! Just a few slices on a burger kicks it up to a whole new level.
Hi, I’m Jenn!
I’m a cookbook author (Keto Soup Cookbook and Keto Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan) as well as a retired chef, recipe developer, and writer of this blog (that’s a lot of hats!). I embarked on a journey to create foodie-worthy Keto-friendly meals that any home cook can be proud of! No matter if you’re low-carb, no-carb, dirty, or strict Keto, there are recipes in Keto Cooking Wins for you and your family. Read more...