Summer is set for a new trend: vegan BBQ’s. I discuss how to do it properly.
Going to a Vegan BBQ
At the start of the year, I was lucky enough to travel around the coast of South Africa with my partner, she is originally from Cape Town.
In the lead up to my visit, I was told by many of my South African friends about the importance of a BBQ, or as they call it a ‘braai’.
A braai is like a pre-historic ritual. It consists of proper firewood, masterfully built by men, set alight and it burns for many hours into the night. You will sometimes wait a good 4 or 5 hours until any food is on the grill.
It’s a great experience with a focus on quality food, good company and fun conversation.
As a new vegan, I spent my first ‘braai’ with my girlfriend’s Father and Brother plus all their South African mates. I have to admit I felt a little inadequate with my carefully selected vegan ingredients.
However, you don’t need meat to BBQ and ‘braai’. You can attain vegan BBQ mastery with ease. My biggest issue with the current state of vegan food that’s on trend is it’s all so difficult to put together.
So, here are 6 simple vegan BBQ ideas that will turn people’s heads and only take a couple of minutes to prep and cook.
Portabello mushrooms are just like steak if seasoned well. Buy up the biggest ones you can find in the supermarket, rub with olive oil, top with fresh garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Throw them straight on the grill until just about done and then top with some vegan cheese.
Finally, throw it between a bread roll with all the usual stuff like lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. Top with a sauce of your choice or try this vegan mayo.
Grilled Aubergine (Eggplant)
Aubergines are unbelievably good on the BBQ. Cut them in half and slice the flesh into cubes without detaching it from its skin. Slightly stretch the slits in the aubergine and fill with olive oil and garlic. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top, then throw straight on the grill skin side down.
Once the skin is black you know it is ready. Eat just like that or what I like to do is throw it all in a food processor and you have a fantastic smoky baba ganoush dip.
Here you can be inventive. Buy up all your favourite veggies, dice them up and put them on skewers. Drizzle the kebabs with oil, salt and pepper and throw on the BBQ.
Lime Grilled Avocados
Another very simple but delicious recipe. Cut the avocados in half and take out the seed. Brush each side with olive oil, squeeze of lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Put them on the grill flesh down until char marks appear.
Corn on the Cob
So simple, yet so delicious. Just grab the cobs, sprinkle with salt and throw straight onto the grill until slightly charred. Easy.
Sweet Potatoes in Foil
Get your sweet potatoes and individually wrap them in foil. Throw them straight on the hot coals. Depending on their size they should take around 45–1 hour. The best way is to keep prodding them and check if they are soft.
Once done, take them off the coals and let them cool down. Once safe, open them up and sprinkle each one with salt. Done.
All the above are easy to prep and easy to cook. If you have any other ideas you think I should try please let me know. Enjoy your BBQ…or Braai!