Barbecuing with Kidney Disease

June 01, 2022, 2:59pm EDT

group of people chatting on a deck during a bbq

Every barbecue requires planning. You may be wondering- How many people are coming? Do I have enough food? When’s the last time I cleaned my grill? The list goes on. 

A barbecue fit for people following a kidney disease diet usually requires even more planning. You have to consider protein, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and more! Don’t worry, though- we have you covered. Here is the perfect barbecue menu to sink your teeth into.

3-course, kidney-friendly menu

The following menu items are appropriate for people with diabetes, those with CKD stages 1 through 5, people on dialysis, and kidney transplant recipients. However, every person with kidney disease has different nutritional needs. Depending on your dietary needs and restrictions, you may need to alter the recipes, eat smaller serving sizes, or eat more of certain foods. 

Speak with a kidney dietitian to ensure these recipes are suitable for you. You can find a kidney dietitian here

Appetizer: BBQ apple chips

Do you love grazing on chips during a social event but hate the preservatives and sodium that come with it? Swap the premade potato chips with these crispy, savory apple chips. 

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Main course: BBQ pineapple chicken

Break out the grill and show off your skills with this effortlessly delicious BBQ chicken that is tender on the inside and golden brown on the outside.

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Side dish: coleslaw

Can a BBQ be complete without a creamy, crunchy coleslaw? While we can’t answer that question for sure (we’ll leave that up to you), we can highly recommend giving this delightful slaw a try. 

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Beverage: watermelon spritzer

You’re outdoors, it’s hot, and there’s a cooler full of tantalizing sodas. How do you avoid the temptation? Find a drink replacement! This bubbly spritzer gives you the illusion of drinking pop without the extra sugar and phosphorus. 

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Dessert: apple caramel crisp

End your festivities with this soon-to-be crowd favorite apple caramel crisp. It’s everything you want in a dessert- sweet, gooey, and crispy. 

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Nutritional information (1 serving per menu item)

  BBQ pineapple chicken BBQ apple chips Coleslaw Watermelon spritzer Apple caramel crisp Total
Calories 140 52 65 35 176 468
Carbohydrates 23.2 g 12.3 g 8 g 8 g 27.4 g 78.9 g
Dietary fiber 1.3 g 1.3 g 1 g 0.4 g 5.2 g 10.7 g
Protein 9.5 g 1 g 0.6 g 0.6 g 2.5 g 14.2 g
Fat 1.6 g 0.8 g 3.5 g 0.2 g 6.8 g 12.9 g
Saturated fat 0.4 g 0.1 g 0.5 g 0 g 3.7 g 4.7 g
Sodium 81 mg 43 mg 134.1 mg 51 mg 4.1 mg 313.2 mg
Potassium 252.6 mg 167.4 mg 96.1 mg 117 mg 185.4 mg 666.1 mg
Calcium 27.8 mg 27.6 mg 22.3 mg 19 mg 33 mg 129.7 mg
Phosphorus 73.5 mg 27.4 mg 16.9 mg 11 mg 63.2 mg 192 mg

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