Keto Friendly Memorial Day Grill Guide

A close up of a keto in n' out burger.

It’s officially grill season (again)! Read through my quick Memorial Day grill guide to see how you can throw the best get together this weekend for family and friends with the perfect drinks, appetizers, sides, main dishes, and of course dessert!

Another Memorial Day weekend is among us and for many that means getting back outside and firing up the grill. Whether you are a novice or a pro, this guide is a great way to help you throw the best party and keep it keto and low carb too (trust me, if you do it right your guests won’t even miss the carbs)!

For many, holidays, parties, and events can be stressful when on a specialized diet. Be the “hostess with the mostest” and keep it keto too! Read through all the fun tips and tricks to creating an inviting and welcoming space and serving the best keto dishes this weekend. 

A close up of a bone in ribeye on the grill.

Start With A Signature Cocktail:

Despite many misconceptions, most spirit alcohols are zero carbs and can be had in moderation on a keto diet. That’s not to say that this is a perfect scenario for every person, but if you plan ahead and want to find a way to make a killer cocktail to serve your guest, check out some of my fan favorites! Don’t forget to drink responsibly.

Strawberry Lemonade Whiskey Smash

This is the most popular cocktail here at Bon Appeteach and no doubt in my mind as of why! It’s easy to make, has all the favorite flavors of summertime, and is always a crowd pleaser.

A close up of a bottle and a glass of whiskey on a table, with Strawberry and Whiskey smash

Low Carb Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita

Can’t go wrong with a delicious, berry filled margarita! Try this easy to make (and drink…whoops) cocktail that goes perfect for an outdoor BBQ this weekend!

A person holding a glass with a jalapeno blackberry margarita in it.

Serve the Perfect Appetizer:

You know what makes or breaks a party? The appetizers. You just HAVE to bring your appetizer game to every party. Step it up with some of my favorite BBQ app’s that will be perfect for your next get together. 

Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Kebabs

Burger on a stick? OK! This fun to assemble deconstructed burger is perfect for kids and adults alike. Keep it keto by leaving off the bun and eating them kebab style right off the stick!

A plate of food on a picnic table, with mini burger kebabs.

Crispy Grilled Butter Chicken Hot Wings

Now, it’s safe to say these can be a main dish or an appetizer. Either way… YOU HAVE TO MAKE THESE! They are so easy, get nice and crispy, and pack a punch of flavor. Step out and try something new!

A plate of food, with butter chicken hot wings.

Easy 30 Minute Smoked Crab Legs

Feeling fancy and want to impress? Try the easiest recipe for smoked crab legs and be known as the party host who smoked some epic snow crab on the grill! 

A plate of crab legs on a table

Easy Jerk Chicken Pork Rind Nachos

These low carb/ keto friendly nachos are perfect for grill season. Bust out the cast iron pan and get to it with this quick, spicy and flavorful nacho recipe!

A bowl of Jerk chicken nachos on pork rinds.

Side Dishes to Love:

Keep the grill going with these healthier comfort food favorites you can make on the grill!

Grilled Yellow Squash with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Balsamic

Bacon. Blue Cheese. Balsamic. Need I say more??? This elevates any vegetable side dish to the next level and makes veggies worth eating!

A plate of food on a table, with Bacon and squash.

Crispy Low Carb Jicama Fries

Burgers and hot dogs NEED a side of fries, just saying! Check out my grilled, easy to make, low carb version using jicama!

Grilled jicama fries over the grill grates.

Grilled Cauliflower Bacon Mac and Cheese

All you need in life is love and mac n’ cheese. Check out my favorite way to grill and smoke cauliflower to make an incredible mac that everyone will be happy to dig into!

A pan of bacon cauliflower mac and cheese on a table.

The Main Spread:

Ok, we got to the basics out of the way but you really want the main dish to be something that shines and stands out. I’ve got some seriously amazing keto/ low carb grill friendly recipes that are perfect for any carb lover and keto eater alike!

Keto Friendly BBQ Sauces

From classic KC style, this Texas Mop Sauce, my Keto Carolina Mustard sauce, and finishing with this Alabama White Sauce recipe… you really can’t go wrong with some keto friendly BBQ this season.

Jars of different keto BBQ sauces with spoons and chicken wings.

All Purpose (Keto) BBQ Rub

Get the most out of your ribs, brisket, chicken and more this grill season with my favorite all purpose homemade (keto friendly) BBQ rub. It’s sugar free and packed with flavor. 

A jar of BBQ seasoning with a spoon on a table.

My Guide To Smoked Pork Shoulder (Pork Butt)

Serve a feast of pulled pork and make one epic BBQ platter for yourself, your friends, and your family with this easy to follow, how-to guide!

A platter of pulled pork, pickles, mustard, and forks on a table.

Low Carb Gourmet Hot Dog Bar

So we know everyone is a fan of hot dogs at a summer BBQ. You don’t need much to make this happen, but you can step up your hot dog game and elevate the spread with my gourmet hot dog bar! Buns or no buns, there is something for everyone here!

A bunch of different types of hot dogs on a table.

Low Carb Kansas City Style Hot Dog

The perfect combination of homemade smoked pulled pork, keto coleslaw, and some homemade KC style BBQ sauce… all made sugar free and keto friendly too of course! 

Two pulled pork hot dogs on a table with a beer.

Keto Copycat In N’ Out Burger

Get smash happy with my most popular burger recipe here on my site! These are great with a lettuce bun, patties piled high with cheese, or use a low carb bun too!

A hand holding a lettuce wrapped smash burger.

Grilled Spiralized Brats with Sauerkraut

If you want to get creative and eat a classic beer brat (use low carb beer), try out this fun, spiralized technique. They’re great for adults and kids alike!

Two brats on a stick over sauerkraut.

Keto Chipotle Smoked Ribs

I am without a doubt, a rib girl. Give me ribs or give me ribs. That’s my life motto in case you are wondering… Try this keto friendly rib recipe from rub to sauce and don’t stress about the sugar and enjoy some good BBQ instead!

A close up of a plate of ribs on a table.

Can’t Forget Dessert…

You served up all the drinks, and all the food, and now you need to bring it home with some epic keto baked goods. DO NOT STRESS! I know baking, and especially keto baking can be intimidating, but I got you on this. Trust me friends. I test these baked goods out on a lot of non-keto eaters and many would never know they were keto if I didn’t tell them. Here are some quick and easy recipes perfect for your party.

Homemade Easy Keto Ice Cream (No Churn)

Make your favorite ice cream treats all summer long with this easy to follow recipe. With a handful of staple ingredients and a small amount of time, you have the creamiest keto friendly ice cream made at home! Mix in your favorite flavors or make an ice cream sandwich or cone too!

No Churn Keto Frosty

If plain vanilla isn’t to your liking, give this frosty treat a try instead. You won’t believe how easy this recipe is and how many people will be going for a second or third scoop!

An ice cream scoop, scooping chocolate keto frosty.

Keto Blonde Brownies

EASIEST recipe ever and so damn delicious! One mixing bowl, one pan, blend, dump, and bake. Eat a bite of cookie/brownie heaven with these easy keto blondies!

A close up of stacked keto blonde brownies on a plate.

Keto Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

What a holiday weekend show stopping recipe! You would not believe how easy this is to make and how incredible (and non-keto tasting) it tastes! Plus, look at all those fresh berries!

A close up the keto fruit pizza sitting on a plate on a table.

Grilled Low Carb Strawberry Cheesecake Quesadillas

Fire up the griddle or the cast iron pan and make these easy and addictive strawberry cheesecake inspired quesadillas. They are warm and gooey right off the griddle and are perfect for sharing too!

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and fun food filled long weekend! Be sure to share and ta me in your cooks this weekend on Instagram! 

Bon Appeteach,

-L