14 Vegan Barbecue Recipes You Won’t Even Realize Are Missing Meat

Firing up the grill and eating al fresco are one of our favorite parts of summer, and even if you don’t eat meat, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite barbecue dishes vegan-style. Huge strides have been made in veganizing classic dishes, thanks to the innovation of home cooks and major brands like Field Roast and Beyond Meat alike. Whether you find yourself craving grilled sausages or saucy sandwiches, these are the vegan barbecue recipes that will carry you all summer long.

1. Vegan carrot hot dogs

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The secret to making vegan carrot hot dogs you’ll actually crave is threefold: you have to marinate them, cook them and then marinate them again.

2. Vegan pulled “pork” sandwich

Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich
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If you’re a reformed meat-lover who still craves the toothsome texture of meat, soy curls are probs already your best friend. Here, they’re slathered in barbecue sauce

3. Vegan pesto portobello burgers

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Vegan Pesto Portobello Burgers
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Build flavor by slathering portobello caps with pesto before they hit the grill. It’ll help develop those tasty grill marks.

4. Vegan BBQ tempeh sandwiches

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Vegan BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches
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Hearty tempeh glazed with homemade barbecue sauce (it takes less than five minutes to make) is destined to be placed on a bun with crispy slaw and served at your next bbq.

5. Homemade vegan beet and taro sausages

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Homemade Vegan Beet and Taro Sausages
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If grilled brats and dogs are your idea of the perfect summer spread, you’ve got to try this recipe for vegan beet and taro sausages as soon as humanly possible.

6. Easy vegan barbecue tempeh ribs

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Easy Vegan Barbecue Tempeh Ribs
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Big slabs of tempeh are first coated in a spice rub, then brushed with smoky barbecue sauce, before being baked in the oven until browned on all sides. Keep basting the ribs with sauce as they cook to build up a flavorful glaze.

7. Smoky barbecue black bean burgers

Smoky Barbecue Black Bean Burgers
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It can be weirdly hard to find veggie burgers at the store that are actually vegan, so we often just make our own. You can’t go wrong with a classic black bean burger that’s loaded with the spices typical of a barbecue rub.

8. Vegan BBQ tofu sandwiches with pineapple relish

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Vegan BBQ Tofu Sandwiches with Pineapple Relish
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Messy like all good barbecue should be, these bbq tofu sandwiches are sure to satisfy your cravings.

9. BBQ flavored cauliflower steaks

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: BBQ Flavored Cauliflower Steaks
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Marinated in a savory mixture of sauces and spices, cauliflower cooked on the grill can taste surprisingly like the grilled meats you used to know and love.

10. Vegan BBQ beef sandwiches

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Vegan BBQ Beef Sandwiches
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Meaty seitan, made from wheat gluten, is one of the best vegan meat substitutes out there. Shredded and simmered with barbecue sauce, you might not even guess that it’s a plant-based meal.

11. Vegan BBQ lentils and carrots

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Vegan BBQ Lentils and Carrots
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If you’re a little squeamish of soy and wheat-based vegan proteins, not to worry. You can jazz up simple, whole food ingredients, like lentils and carrots, to take the place of barbecued meats too.

12. Vegan barbecue tofu pineapple kebabs

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Vegan Barbecue Tofu Pineapple Kebabs
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If you’re missing grilled chicken or fish, bbq-marinated tofu kebabs grilled with peppers and pineapple will definitely hit the spot.

13. Vegan pulled jackfruit sandwiches

Vegan Barbecue Recipes: Vegan Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches
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We couldn’t do a meatless barbecue roundup without including jackfruit. Believe the rumors: this fruit really does have the same texture as pulled pork when it’s cooked right.

14. Spicy grilled cauliflower

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If you prefer your kebabs to have a little more heat, try these quick and easy spicy cauliflower skewers.

Vegan Barbecue Recipes
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