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How to Make a BBQ and Still Stay Vegan

How to Make a BBQ

Sometimes going vegan can feel like you are being forced to give up social events where food is the main event. Perhaps you spent the whole summer feeling as if vegan barbecue was just not possible. I mean after all, what is a barbecue without the hot dogs and hamburgers? I am here to tell you that this is simply not true! There are so many easy vegan BBQ recipes that are bound to impress any and everyone you invite to your backyard BBQ.

Step One!

So where do you start? The first step to achieving the most successful and delicious vegan barbecue is to plan out your vegan BBQ menu. With such a myriad of vegan BBQ dishes, it’s easy to get lost if you don’t create a plan. Here is the perfect example of a menu filled with vegan barbecue recipes:

Vegan BBQ Food

Make a BBQ and Still Stay Vegan
  • Black bean burgers
  • Vegetable skewers
  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Vegan potato salad
  • Fresh veggies for snacking
  • Vegan ranch dressing for dipping
  • Iced tea and lemonade

And for Dessert…

Grilled pineapple with a plant-based whipped cream to keep the vegan grill ideas flowing.

Step Two!

Now that you have your vegan BBQ menu planned out, it’s time to find the best vegan BBQ recipes to achieve your main goal. This brings us to our second step, research! I know, I know, you want your backyard vegan BBQ ideas to come to life with minimal effort. Thankfully the internet is filled with the best BBQ recipes for vegans already, so it will only require a few clicks and boom, all the plant-based BBQ recipes at your fingertips. Whatever you do, do not forget the small details. Whether that be a top-secret vegan BBQ marinade or the spicy chipotle mayo. The small details are what will impress your guests. Who knows, maybe they will all be vegan after tasting all of your vegan BBQ dishes.

Step Three!


Now that you have the menu planned and the recipes are all set to go, it’s time to buy your ingredients. It’s a common misconception that living a vegan lifestyle is too expensive or unaffordable when in actuality if done right, is a very attainable and sustainable lifestyle. A few tips while buying your ingredients for the best vegan BBQ recipes would be to shop waste-free, only buy what you need, and check what you have at home before hitting the grocery store! By shopping waste-free, not only will you be saving the planet by choosing to eat your amazing grilled vegan meals, but you will be limiting the amount of waste you are producing as well, it’s a win-win. Shopping in bulk stores can also be a great way to not break the bank when shopping vegan. By only buying what you need, you will ensure you are not wasting money on food that will end up sitting in the fridge and going bad. Finally, make sure to check what you already have at home! If you lead a busy lifestyle it’s easy to forget what foods you already have pushed to the back of your fridge or pantry. Who knows, maybe you already have a majority of the foods needed to create your vegan BBQ recipes.

Step Four!

Now that you have your vegan BBQ menu planned, your recipes laid out, and your fridge and pantry stocked with all the foods you need, it’s time to get cooking! Remember that this is a fun and casual backyard vegan BBQ you’re hosting, not a fancy 10-course evening meal. You’re allowed to have fun! There’s nothing better than putting on some great music, pouring yourself a fizzy drink, and grilling your vegan BBQ dishes under the sun. If you have kids, inviting them to help you create these easy vegan BBQ dishes is a great way to spend time with one another before your guests arrive. Although step four may seem a little more daunting than the others, remember to believe in yourself. I promise you with all of the planning you put into this your vegan BBQ food is guaranteed to impress!

Step Five!

backyard vegan BBQ

Finally, your guests are arriving and your grilled vegan meals are just about ready to be served. This is the moment you have been working towards. It is now the time to feed your guests and watch their faces light up as they take their first bites of your vegan BBQ dishes. They end up loving it and asking for all of your BBQ recipes along with your tips and tricks! Give yourself a pat on the back. You have successfully hosted your first of many backyard vegan barbecues, you should be very proud of yourself.

So there you have it. Five quick and easy steps to create a BBQ while still staying vegan. As more and more people are becoming interested in a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, more and more information is circulating on the topic. If you ever feel stuck, know that someone else has probably felt stuck as well and is willing to share their vegan tips and tricks with you. Being vegan is not about being perfect, it is about trying your best. Even if your next BBQ isn’t fully vegan, you now know how to produce at least one or two BBQ dishes for vegans that are guaranteed to make people happy. Maybe one day you will no longer need to be researching vegan blogs to find your vegan grill ideas, but perhaps you will be writing your own. Never give up, and keep trying your best! Best of luck on your vegan BBQ.

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