My Southern (Vegan) BBQ

Normally when I get invited to a BBQ, I “Bring My Own” food and ask for my meat substitute to go on the grill before anything else (You know why).  This avoids cross contamination and I feel better knowing how my food was prepared.  Point-Blank-Period, BBQ is all about the meat and as a vegan you have to come prepared.

You’re probably like.. My host don’t care, they love that I’m vegan. Trust me! When they planned this BBQ, you were optional and feeding you was the topic of discussion waaay before you were invited.  I’m just being honest.. No need to worry, I’m giving you a vegan friendly recipe, with instructions to keep everybody happy and joyful during this summer celebration. Don’t be surprised if you enlighten some meat eaters along the way.

How This Works

I normally bring an easy but familiar dish to share and a meat substitute to place on the grill.  A BBQ isn’t complete without a fruit option or salad on deck.  I don’t bother with bringing a fruit and/or vegetable choice as an option plus it’s expected that’s all you eat (fruit or salad). I’m more concerned with bringing a dish full or flavor to awaken the “I don’t eat that stuff” people.  If you don’t want to show up empty handed. I posted an easy, affordable way to food share and enjoy a meat-less pleasure from the grill.

De Sweet Southern Vagan Baked Beans… I know vagan, that’s how they identify you in the south.


2- 28oz Bush Vegetarian Baked Beans

2 Packs Trader Joes Beef-less ground beef (optional) – precooked

½ cup    Pure Cane Sugar

1– 160z Crushed Pineapples (can or fresh)

1 tsp.  Pure Vanilla

2 tbsp.  Cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat the oven at 350◦F
  2. Place all ingredients in a pan
  3. Cover tight for flavor to simmer
  4. Place into the oven and let bake for 30-45min.

Tofurky sausageMeat-Less Option: If you didn’t use the ground beef above, I recommend you purchase the My BBQ Tofurkymeat substitute below to throw on your plate or place on a vegan friendly roll. I can only take one meat substitute at a time so I don’t always use the ground beef.

  • Tofurky Original Italian Sausage, it’s so flavorful with basil and sweet sundried tomatoes. Perfect on the grill with a little bit of BBQ sauce!

Salad: As I mentioned above every BBQ has a salad, whether it’s a fruit salad or leafy green salad. Place that on your plate to be full of satisfying food and you don’t feel left out.

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