Howdy guys!!! I know many of you will be attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the near future and I just wanted to help you be prepared when attending. Unfortunately there are not a ton of carnival foods that are Whole 30 or even Paleo friendly. Sorry guys, fried Oreos and fried butter are not part of the Whole 30. Fortunately in Texas and especially at the Rodeo there is one thing we don’t run short of, meat!!! There are over 20 different types of bar-b-que at the Rodeo this year so you have many different choices for your protein, just be careful you don’t choose one bathing in their signature bar-b-que sauce all day. When ordering bar-b-que you should ask to be served the leanest cut of brisket without sauce. So many of these vendors at the Rodeo, including Goode Company Bar-B-Que, smoke their brisket for hours and there is no need for sauce.
Goode Company BBQ actually has a gluten-free menu at the rodeo that is certified by the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program (part of the Gluten Intolerance Group), I wish this were the only ingredient we had to watch out for. Goode Company also offers Mesquite Grilled Salmon, Tuna or Redfish). The only sides safe here are Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. Goode Company’s rodeo menu doesn’t offer a salad however they have lettuce and tomato for their burgers, so you could have a breadless burger or ask for lettuce and tomato on the side of your lean brisket.
Berryhill Baja Grill sounds like it might be safe but unfortunately, they only offered a limited menu and each of the items had something breaded in it and it mostly has a mayo based sauce in most items.
Saltgrass Steakhouse has excellent lean bar-b-que brisket and BBQ platters and salads, and on some days if you’re lucky they have green beans! (Ask for extra lean and hold the sauce)
Freebirds Burittos has grass fed beef at all location and at the rodeo they can throw together a burrito in a bowl in a hurry, sadly they are not offering the freedom salad option, but you can have a bowl with steak, chicken, Pico, cilantro, tomatoes and lime!
So, yes there Whole 30 / Paleo options at the rodeo you just need to be careful. You can always bring your own picnic in the first gate; the only place you cannot bring food into is the stadium.