How to Throw the Best Vegan BBQ This Summer
Get your apron out of the cupboard, dust off those tongs, and pray for a sunny day: barbecue season’s back, and it’s time to grill up a vegan feast. Here’s all you need to know to make your vegan BBQ the greatest celebration of summer, all while being kind to animals:
- Set the Scene
- Stock Up on Vegan Meat
- Jazz It Up With Homemade Goodies
- Sides, Sides, Sides
We’re constantly looking for excuses to spend as much time as possible outdoors during the summer, and a BBQ is just about as good a reason as you can get – a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the working week. That’s why it’s important to set the scene just right, and that includes adding a few special touches to the outdoor space.
If you don’t have enough reusable plates and cutlery for all your guests, opt for eco-friendly disposable options made from biodegradable materials like bamboo or paper.
From vegan chicken wings and burgers to vegan bacon and sausage rolls, there are countless animal-friendly meats available across the UK. With so many choices, it can be hard to know where to start, which is why we’ve put together a list of must-haves. Pick up these BBQ favourites to wow guests:
Hungry for more?
If you prefer to make things yourself or fancy impressing your guests with homemade delights, try one of these delicious recipes – or all three!
BBQ Tofu Wings with Ranch Sauce
This BBQ Tofu Wings with Ranch Sauce recipe is easy-peasy, but the results are fantastic. You can platter these up for your guests straight from the oven or throw them on the grill.
Vegan King Satay with Spicy Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Meaty king oyster mushrooms make this dish a winner among both meat-eaters and vegans. The long, thick stems are sliced into chunky strips, skewered, and roasted, and a creamy, gingery peanut sauce brings it all together.
Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers
These Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers are perfect for a summer BBQ – and totally tasty! They’re healthy and easy to make. Pair them with guacamole and salsa for a burger feast.
For the full vegan BBQ experience, sides are essentials. To step up your BBQ game, why not try serving up a tasty salad – we’re big fans of a light Summer Quinoa Salad or a fresh Coronation Pasta Salad.
You simply can’t go wrong with a big punch bowl at a party, especially when the sun’s out. Here are some ways you can keep your BBQ cool, no matter how hot it gets:
Rest Easy, Beer Lovers: You can maintain a vegan lifestyle and still indulge in those frothy, delicious beverages – assuming you’re over 18, of course. These are some of our vegan summer BBQ favourites:
- Blue Moon
- Kronenbourg 1664
- Twisted Barrel
Pop Some Prosecco: If you’re looking for a spirited way to celebrate summer, most supermarkets offer a wonderful selection of vegan wine and prosecco, and you’ll likely find a great offering at your local offie as well.
Iced Hibiscus Tea: All you need for this one are three to four bags of hibiscus tea, about 1.8 litres of cold water, a splash of lemon, and some sweetener. Pour the mix into a pitcher filled with ice, and voilà – you’ve got your iced hibiscus tea punch.
Fresh Lemonade: Buy some lemons, squeeze them into a large bowl filled with water, and add some ice cubes, sweetener, and slices of lemon. A summer classic!
Coconut-Water Mix: Pair coconut water with your favourite fruit juice for a refreshing drink that’s super-easy to make.
Depending on your skills (and patience) in the kitchen, you can opt to bake a cake or make your own ice lollies. But there’s nothing better than loading your freezer up with some good old-fashioned vegan ice cream – and there’s so much to choose from.
Whether you’re after an Italian-style ice cream or coconut ice-cream sticks, you’ll find it all in our ultimate guide to vegan ice cream:
Did you impress your friends with your vegan feast? Challenge them to go vegan for 30 days! Send them a link to PETA’s vegan pledge or suggest ordering our free vegan starter kit to help them make the transition to a compassionate lifestyle.
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