Being the Vegan at the BBQ: 3 Delicious Recipes to Satisfy Your Taste Buds

Attending a barbecue as a vegan can sometimes feel like a culinary challenge. However, with a little creativity and planning, you can enjoy a tasty and satisfying meal while everyone else indulges in their favorite grilled meats. In this article, we’ll share three mouthwatering vegan recipes that will make you the star of the barbecue. Get ready to fire up the grill and impress both vegans and non-vegans alike!

Grilled Veggie Skewers with Tofu Satay


1 block of firm tofu, pressed and cut into cubes

1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks

1 zucchini, sliced

1 red onion, cut into wedges

8-10 cherry tomatoes

Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (optional)


In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, maple syrup, minced garlic, and sriracha sauce (if using) to make the satay sauce.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Thread the tofu cubes, bell pepper, zucchini, red onion, and cherry tomatoes onto the soaked skewers, alternating the ingredients.

Brush the skewers with the satay sauce, making sure to coat them evenly.

Grill the skewers for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally until the vegetables are tender and slightly charred.

Serve the skewers with the remaining satay sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches


2 cans of young green jackfruit in water or brine, drained and rinsed

1 cup barbecue sauce (vegan-friendly)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

Burger buns or bread rolls

Coleslaw (optional)


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic and sauté until translucent.

Add the jackfruit to the skillet and break it apart with a fork or your hands to resemble pulled pork.

Sprinkle smoked paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper over the jackfruit, stirring well to combine.

Pour the barbecue sauce over the jackfruit and stir until it is well coated. Reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

While the jackfruit is simmering, lightly toast the burger buns or bread rolls on the grill.

Serve the barbecue jackfruit on the toasted buns and top with coleslaw if desired. Enjoy your vegan BBQ sandwich!

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Vegan Herb Butter


4 ears of corn, husks removed

1/4 cup vegan butter, softened

2 tablespoons fresh herbs (such as parsley, chives, or cilantro), finely chopped

1 tablespoon lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the grill to medium heat.

In a small bowl, combine the softened vegan butter, fresh herbs, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Mix well to incorporate the flavors.

Brush the corn cobs with the herb butter mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Place the corn on the grill and cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kernels are tender and slightly charred.

Remove the corn from the grill and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Serve the grilled corn on the cob with an extra sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy the smoky and flavorful treat!

Being a vegan at a barbecue doesn’t mean missing out on delicious food. These three recipes provide mouthwatering alternatives that will satisfy both your cravings and impress your friends and family. From the savory grilled veggie skewers with tofu satay to the hearty BBQ jackfruit sandwiches and the smoky grilled corn on the cob with vegan herb butter, these recipes are sure to make you the star of the next barbecue. Embrace the flavors of summer and show everyone that vegan food can be just as exciting and delicious!

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