Keto Side Dishes for BBQ – 10 Keto Friendly Recipes For Your Backyard

Want to eat fewer carbs while still enjoying the best way to cook? Here are 10 of the best keto side dishes for BBQ,

These recipes are not so much traditional bbq side dishes, however, will still satisfy even the fussiest of eaters! 


Pork Shoulder Burnt Ends

pork burnt ends

These pork shoulder burnt ends are saucy, juicy and have a delicious caramelized coating.

To make sure they are keto use a low sugar BBQ sauce.

Homemade Smoked Pickles

What could be a better snack than pickles you smoked yourself?

You nibble on these knowing exactly what went into them and not feel guilty at all.

Smoked Garlic

Need to add a some flavor to your meal?

Try smoking a whole head of garlic. Keep it in the fridge and add to anything!

Smoked Tomato

Add flavor to your tomatoes without any effort!

Just throw them in the smoker and they will taste delicious!

Smoked Bologna

Take your standard bologna and add some declious smokey flavors.

This will take it from ok to EPIC!

Smoked Cauliflower

Simply and tasty, all you need is a head of cauliflower and your favorite spice rub.

It makes a simple keto side, that you can prepare alongside your protein.

Whole Smoked Cabbage


Want an easy way to make vegetables taste delcious?

Throw them in the smoker!

Cabbage is absolutely yummy when you throw in the smoker whole.

Plus its super easy!

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Nothing screams comfort food like mac and cheese!

This recipe for cauliflower has become more popular in my house than regular mac and cheese. Make sure to use plenty of cheddar cheese and Mozzarella!

A perfect low-carb mac and cheese recipe. 

Smoked Onions With Garlic Butter

Smoked onions are not only keto friendly but super delicious.

When you have your smoker going throw a few onions in.

They are perfect as a side or in salad.

Or throw the smoked onions in a pan with garlic butter!

Smoked Brussel Sprouts

There is a misconception that Brussel sprouts are boring and gross. I can assure you that is not the case.

This recipe calls for an smoker- but if you don’t have one you can sub out an oven (just remember to adjust your cook time!). 

Smoked Carrots in a Brown Butter Sauce

Just from looking at these you know, they are going to be good! These carrots are swimming in butter and on their own are to die for.

Keto Coleslaw Recipe

This low-carb creamy keto slaw recipe packs crunch! With only 5 ingredients it only takes minutes to prepare. A great one to have up your sleeve for unexpected BBQ guests.

Zucchini Garlic Parmesan Pasta

You can easily use this recipe for a quick and easy main course but is fantastic as a side when you have a few guests over in the backyard. You get all the cheesy satisfaction of pasta without the guilt!

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

jalapeno poppers in the smoker

Most traditional popper recipes have you stuff the jalapeno with your cream cheese or sour cream filling.

In this recipe, you completely halve the poppers and then fill and wrap with bacon. The bonus to this is there are no bites that end in molten melted cheese everywhere! A must-try for anyone who enjoys cream cheese and spice! 

Cauliflower Potato (less) Salad

This is a potato (less) salad recipe I would happily settle for over the regular potato salad any day. It’s high in flavor and low in carbs. You still get the creaminess of traditional potato salad without the guilt.

Smoked Asparagus


This is a recipe that you can accompany not just your summer BBQs but any meal. When asparagus is in season it is super cheap and a great healthy alternative. 

Egg Salad

Gone are the days of your mom’s boring old egg salad! This egg salad recipe will feed a lot of people for a fraction of the price of other sides. It is easy to make and will keep in the fridge for several days so you can make it in advance, or keep leftovers for a quick meal. 

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