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Vegan Barbecues

I just listened to the episode of the Food for Thought podcast on hosting a vegan barbecue, and it got me so excited for summertime!

Has anyone hosted a vegan BBQ? What did you make? Is there a good vegan hot dog brand out there?

I haven't hosted one but I have some ideas!

Grilled Kabobs or Veggie Burgers, Barbecue Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Fruit Salad, etc... For a few ideas...

I have not had a vegan hot dog that I liked so far... Vegan Dad has a recipe for some that look REALLY GOOD: http://vegandad.blogspot.com/2008/03/homemade-sausages.html

Good luck that sounds like a fun idea that I might have to try :)

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. . . vegan brats, kielbasas, Italian sausages. I just had a barbecued kielbasa tonight. I was invited to a barbecue so I brought my own.

Also corn on the cob is great barbecued. Leave it in the husk and wrap it in foil. Yum!

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That sounds like a fun idea.  Too bad I don't know any vegans around here.  I generally avoid barbecues because of the stench. 

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That sounds like a fun idea.  Too bad I don't know any vegans around here.  I generally avoid barbecues because of the stench. 

Have your own :) Show people how fantastic vegan food can be... No carcass required!

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I like Tofu Pups best, my daughter likes Smart Dogs best, and my husband likes Yves hotdogs best. They're all pretty similar. GardenBurger flame grilled vegan burgers are pretty burger like, and hold up well on the grill. For veggie burgers, I like Amy's Californian Burger. You can also do no fake meats and grill marinated veggies for sandwiches or kabobs. You can even grill pizza.

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i grilled out this week and did the classic portobello mushroom rubbed with olive oil and minced garlic.  i had some leftover homemade pesto that i spread on the toasted bun and along with lettuce & tomato, it was delicious.

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I think the Yves good dogs are my favorite.

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That sounds like a fun idea.  Too bad I don't know any vegans around here.  I generally avoid barbecues because of the stench. 

Ugh! I know what you mean. I have a confession to make. . . I ate a veggie kielbasa that was cooked on a barbecue where meat is cooked. I put it on the top rack where there was no visible meat residue but you can't avoid the smoke. When I whiffed the smoke while removing my weeny, I almost barfed. Lesson learned. I won't do that again.

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I think the veggie dogs do not do well on grills and you are better off cooking them on the stove top.
I have done bbq tofu in foil before and that comes out great. i think the best "dogs" are the tofurkey brat style ones.
we actually got rid of our grill because we hardly ever used it, there had been meat on it before, and veggie meats don't do well on the grill. i guess we could have kept it for grilling veggies (we have some metal things to put on the grill for doing this) but it took up too much space.

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That sounds like a fun idea.  Too bad I don't know any vegans around here.  I generally avoid barbecues because of the stench. 

Have your own :) Show people how fantastic vegan food can be... No carcass required!

Good idea.  It would just be my daugter and I though probably.  People of vegi-clueless around here.  They atually truly believe we eat unhealthy and tasteless food.  They only way I can get people to try my offerings is to put it out and not let anyone know it's mine.  I do know quite a few people that each vegiburgers because they are "less points."  My mother really upsets me when I cook for her sometimes.  She'll cook a pan of hamburger, because "it's about to go bad."  Then she and her husband drown my tasty food in it without even trying it first.  YUCK!!!

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wow the place u live sounds way fucked up... in cali people are all about health/weight/fitness... at least you're raising your daughter right so she won't have all these health problems and weight problems when she grows up :) she's so lucky that she's learning these good habits young!

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I think the veggie dogs do not do well on grills and you are better off cooking them on the stove top.
I have done bbq tofu in foil before and that comes out great. i think the best "dogs" are the tofurkey brat style ones.
we actually got rid of our grill because we hardly ever used it, there had been meat on it before, and veggie meats don't do well on the grill. i guess we could have kept it for grilling veggies (we have some metal things to put on the grill for doing this) but it took up too much space.

yes, the tofurkey suasage, sun-dried tomato type ones are super good, I cut them ib half the long way because they are so good.  I think NMPIXIE mentioned Amy's California burgers too, those are great "off the grill"

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this will be my first summer as a vegan and i'm not looking forward to it.  i LOVE the smell of bbq.

but maybe i won't this year... who knows.

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Try these ribs! http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/05/barbecued-seitan-ribz.html

I prefer Tofu Pups over Smart Dogs.  I think those are the only ones I've tried.

this will be my first summer as a vegan and i'm not looking forward to it.  i LOVE the smell of bbq.

but maybe i won't this year... who knows.

You never know.  I've been vegetarian for over 15 years and it still smells good to me.  ::)

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I was scrolling down to recommend the ribs that veggydog said to make. I actually just made these again last night and had leftovers for lunch today. They're so quick and easy to make and they taste fantastic. I make mine completely in the oven, then I broil them at the end to make the sauce caramelize and get crispy.

Also, you can grill marinated tofu steaks. Just cut your tofu into pretty big pieces, marinate overnight, then grill. Make sure it's extra firm or nigari (or nigiri?) tofu.

Grill some veggies: red peppers would be good, asparagus, onions (we wrap them in aluminum foil and throw onto the grill for an hour or so) and potatoes. Oh! Corn on the grill is awesome if you can get it already. I leave it in the husk, just cut off some of the outer ears, then put straight on the grill for 20 or so minutes, until tender.

I like to grill cut peaches for dessert. Just cut them in half, sprinkle on some sugar and cinnamon, a little flavored liquor (I like Frangelico), then grill a couple of minutes each side. Splash on more liquor, top with vegan ice cream. Ahhh! I can't wait until summertime and good produce again!

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I like to grill cut peaches for dessert. Just cut them in half, sprinkle on some sugar and cinnamon, a little flavored liquor (I like Frangelico), then grill a couple of minutes each side. Splash on more liquor, top with vegan ice cream. Ahhh! I can't wait until summertime and good produce again!

That sounds really good.  I don't have a grill though and wouldn't use it enough to justify the cost.  I'll have to try it wrapped in foil on a nonvegan grill. 

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Do you peel the peaches first?  This sounds incredibly good and unbelievably easy!!

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That sounds like a fun idea.  Too bad I don't know any vegans around here.  I generally avoid barbecues because of the stench. 

Have your own :) Show people how fantastic vegan food can be... No carcass required!

Good idea.  It would just be my daugter and I though probably.  People of vegi-clueless around here.  They atually truly believe we eat unhealthy and tasteless food.  They only way I can get people to try my offerings is to put it out and not let anyone know it's mine.  I do know quite a few people that each vegiburgers because they are "less points."  My mother really upsets me when I cook for her sometimes.  She'll cook a pan of hamburger, because "it's about to go bad."  Then she and her husband drown my tasty food in it without even trying it first.  YUCK!!!

This is my situation, 100%. I don't know how far away you are from me, but we should totally meet up and eat vegan together! We're both stuck in a sea of meat loving people that think we're absolute freaks that eat "twigs and berries" (not joking, I have a cousin that insists this is all we eat). When I make vegan things for people they like it, then I tell them it's vegan and they fumble around to cover their asses that they just said something vegan was good. Nobody would come to my BBQ.  :'(

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Do you peel the peaches first?  This sounds incredibly good and unbelievably easy!!

No, but I LOVE peach fuzz. Is that weird? You could if you wanted to. It is really easy, and I like it because you let Mother Nature do all the work. She makes the delicious fruit, and all you do is prep it and make it warm, ready for ice cream!

Ibarte: do you have a George Foreman grill? I've done this method on one of those, and I've also just done it in a pan on a stovetop. Not quite the same effect, but still delish.

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Ibarte: do you have a George Foreman grill? I've done this method on one of those, and I've also just done it in a pan on a stovetop. Not quite the same effect, but still delish.

I thought I owned about every kitchen appliance, but I don't have one of those.  I may end up getting one though, because my daughter LOVES mushrooms.  I think grilled portabellas would be a nice quick meal for her. 

It was really funny.  I took the silken chocolate peanut butter pie off this site to a potluck at church.  It was so well liked it was requested for several more events.  One night I made 2 and people were fighitng over it.  Anyway, I finnally told them it was made of tofu.  Everyone look really shocked, and then the teen who had just eaten 2 peices and came back looking for more said that he knew there was something funny about the way it tasted.  Sure.  I was laughing so hard.  I've never had trouble getting people to eat vegan desserts, unless they have raisins or nuts in them.  As far as main dishes, my friends are Velveeta junkies.  Really, it think it more of a whole foods versus processed garbage thing than vegan versus omni.  Sometimes I really miss California, but I can't affort to move back. 

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