5 Expert Vegan Tips For An EPIC Plant-Based Barbecue Everyone Will Drool Over

It’s that time of the year when outdoor eating not only gets to play an integral role in our perception of how awesomely our summer is going, but such memories of heart-warming gatherings and moments shared with family, friends, and significant others often leave us with sentimental memories that stay with us for a lifetime.

If you are vegan and hosting one of these, it is an extra special moment to show that vegan food can be even more exciting than everything else people usually associate ‘barbeque’ with. A perfect occasion to demonstrate that spices and seasoning is a better way to bring out the flavor of summer produce than slathering it in animal fat!

Here is what a real grilling expert, John Schlimm author of Grilling Vegan Style: 125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite Into a Backyard BB advises all bbq hosts in his tips, originally published here.

5 Expert Tips To Make An EPIC Vegan Barbeque Everyone Will Rave About

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Tip 1: Choose the best grill for your needs.

Big or portable; charcoal, gas, electric, hybrid, or stovetop grill pan, every grill comes with pros and cons, bells and whistles. Before buying, be sure to shop around, check out different types and brands, ask for opinions from fellow grillers, and, most importantly, choose a grill that will make your life as tasty as possible.

Tip 2: Get the right tools.

With thousands from which to choose, here are five accessories every grill master worth his or her weight in marinated tempeh should have:

  1. Two pairs of tongs: One for moving and turning food, and one for picking up the hot grate and moving coals
    2. Skewers: Eight to 12 basic metal skewers make a party
    3. Grilling screen: For preparing tiny vegetables or pieces of tofu, tempeh, and seitan
    4. Basting brushes: For applying oils, marinades, and sauces
    5. Chimney starter: Forego chemical-laden lighter fluid with this cylindrical, metal wonder (Chef’s tip: Always play it safe with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. Your local hardware store or fire department will help you determine the best extinguisher for your needs.)

Tip 3: Mise en grill is a must.

Before the first veggie burger, spicy seitan “wing,” or asparagus spear hits flame, have everything you need in place nearby. This includes having prepared ingredients, spices, marinades, and necessary utensils and equipment within flame’s reach.

Tip 4: Think outside the (veggie burger) box.

The newest superstars of the grill circuit—tofu, tempeh, and seitan—join the world of spirited marinades and sauces to take center stage in summer’s greatest show on earth. With a few hours to overnight marinating time, bite-size pieces of this trifecta easily earn their grill stripes in about eight to 10 minutes (four to five minutes per side).

Tip 5: Don’t forget the drinks!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and again, and again: Beverages are of utmost importance for any party. When it comes to backyard fêtes, beer should always be on the A-list. Have light and dark options in a nearby, grab-it-yourself cooler. Likewise, have chilled white wine (in an ice bucket) and a bottle of red close by. With the boozy basics covered, a pitcher of ice water and a round of specialty drinks—a tipsy one for the adults and a fruity, non-alcoholic option for the kiddies and designated drivers—are always in order for any outdoor party.