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What to bring to a vegan BBQ

July 27, 2014

As the sun is starting to make a regular appearance, I thought I would put together a little post on what I love to bring to BBQs. Living by the beach means I try to spend as much time as possible on the pebbles in the summer. In my lunch break, after work, after dinner, at the weekend. Bliss. I also try to eat as much BBQ’d food as I can get my hands on – there’s nothing quite like packing up some food and cooking it by the shore, surrounded by other groups of people doing exactly the same thing. It’s an amazing atmosphere.

So, whether you’re cooking on the beach or a back garden, here are a few of my favourite things.

Sausages and burgers: Tofurky, Taifin, Redwoods and Vegusto are some of my favourites. Sometimes I buy Vegetarians Choice (really cheap, 99p per pack). Bring some oil to make sure they don’t dry out while they’re cooking, which can happen sometimes.

Marinated chicken pieces. Any which way you like it, really – BBQ sauce, vinegary-oily-tomatoey-BBQy, or just plain and simple. Thread them onto skewers and pop them on the BBQ. I love them eaten on their own, or stuffed into a bun or roll with coleslaw. I love VBites’ chicken pieces.

Dips and condiments. Ketchup, mustard, guacamole, salsa, hummus and plenty of tortilla chips to dip into them.

Sides. Roasted potatoes , tabouleh, coleslaw and salad, plus some caramelised onions to go on top of sausages.

Veggies. Slice up courgette, pepper and (par-boiled) sweet potato and grill them so that they are only just the crunchy side of tender, or crispy in the case of the sweet potato. The smoky flavour makes them taste amazing, especially if you dip them into some hummus.

One thing that I do not take part in though, is sweetcorn eating. So you should probably ignore the photo below if you have any taste. If you don’t have any taste, then go ahead and take a bunch of disgusting sweetcorn with you and knock yourself out.

I also like to bring something sweet for afters; oatmeal and raisin cookies, chocolate peanut butter brownies, something like that.

Finally, bring something to lie on if you’re on the beach, and make sure you’re stocked up on plenty of beers, pear cider, lemonade, diet coke – whatever takes your fancy. Don’t forget the lime if you’re having Corona!


So, those are my favourite things to make and bring to a BBQ. I hope it helps if you’re catering for vegan/veggie guests, or enjoying your first summer as a vegan. Email or tweet me if you want any more pointers!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2014 9:30 pm

    Great post Christina – so many new ideas. Those brownies look insane as well!

  2. July 28, 2014 12:09 am

    Even though I’m not vegan or vegetarian it all look delicious!

  3. July 29, 2014 12:28 pm

    Love the idea of having the BBQ on the beach. Lovely ideas here and it all looks fab!

    • July 29, 2014 1:14 pm

      I prefer BBQ on the beach – although there is something quite nice about sitting around a table outside enjoying the food, too.

  4. July 29, 2014 7:23 pm

    That all looks so delicious, especially those dips! I used to like tofu on the BBQ with lots of veggies.

    • August 2, 2014 10:43 am

      I haven’t had tofu on a BBQ for aaages. What sauce do you use, or do you just have it plain?


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