The notion of vegan barbecue recipes seems like an oxymoron. After all, the word "barbecue" has been synonymous with meat for 1.8 million years. But we'd like to think that grills were made for more than just burgers and hot dogs.
We here at Fire Food Chef have rounded up a list of some fun vegan bbq ideas to help you throw the perfect cookout using only ten vegan bbq recipes. So, fire up your grill or smoker and get ready to exercise your vegan skills this summer.
Who knows, you might just impress some of your non-vegan friends and family. Because without a doubt, these easy and delicious vegan barbecue dishes, are sure to please any crowd.
But first things first….
If you have a backyard, chances are that you or your family owns a grill. Grilling is a quicker method of barbecuing, usually with very high temperatures and a few minutes of cook time. Not only is grilling food savory, but it also works well with all sorts of vegan recipes.
Tip: If you're grilling meat as well as vegan food, you'll want to thoroughly clean and scrape your grill after cooking any meat and before placing vegan or veggie items on the grill.
In contrast, smokers rely on indirect heat and utilize the smoky air. Instead of direct flame to heat the food, smokers slowly cook, while maintaining low temperatures, typically between 200 to 250 degrees. The great things about smokers are that they provide a smokier and tenderer barbecue. This process lets you cook whole foods like an entire zucchini or a large eggplant all the way through.
Everyone has a different preference when it comes to smoking food. Whether it’s the best woods to use, whether or not charcoal should be involved, and what kind of barbecue sauces or rubs get thrown into the mix, it all depends on the individual.
When smoking your food, keep in mind that the temperature should remain low, within a 225-degree range to allow your veggies to smoke at a slow and steady pace.
While plant-based flavors aren't the most celebrated smoked ingredients, they are certainly nothing to be frowned upon. Many vegetables and especially big and solid ones like corn and potatoes, work very well when smoked. This is because they pick up layers of flavor from the smoke and even more so with longer cooking times.
Salts and spices are amazing when smoked and will add something distinctly smoky to your dishes long after the actual smoke is gone. Soft veggies like eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes don't need as long to soak up the deliciousness and can be eaten as is, or turned into fantastic sauces or dips. Nuts are delicious when smoked with wood chips; so if you don't already own one be sure to check out the reviews of our top pellet smokers.
Vegan meats have gotten so delicious and very close to the real thing. For example, smoked wheat gluten actually looks and tastes like Texas brisket and vegan bbq ribs look just like, you guessed it, ribs.
With a charming crusty exterior, it's even got the "burnt ends" of authentic barbecue. Which leads us to our first recipe….
What you’ll need:
Liquid for simmering
To make the Seitan
Rub & smoke
Tip: best served right after you smoke it
It's not summertime without something grilled! These tempeh sliders are the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue and are easy to make. Grilled, barbecue sauce-covered tempeh can be served on a toasty bun with fresh kale, cabbage, and carrot slaw. You can pair it with all the fixings for a perfect barbecue dinner.
What you’ll need: