When you think of a barbeque, hot dogs and burgers are usually the first foods to come to mind. However, there are endless global flavors and international recipes that will spice up your barbecue and excite your tastebuds!
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1. Korean BBQ Tofu
Source: Korean BBQ Tofu
You will fall in love with this Korean BBQ Tofu dish by Koko Brill. A thick block of firm tofu is sliced and then marinated in a thick, sweet, and salty BBQ glaze. Serve over rice with a sprinkle of green onions and sesame seeds.
2. Korean BBQ Sauce
Source: Korean BBQ Sauce
This recipe for Korean BBQ Sauce by Gabrielle St. Claire is a lifesaver because it’s very easy to throw together and the sauce is astoundingly versatile. The thick BBQ sauce is equal parts sweet, salty, savory, and delicious. Plus, you can whip up a batch and store it in your refrigerator for a quick addition to almost any dish.
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3. Mediterranean Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri
Source: Mediterranean Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri
Just because we’re cookin’ with plants doesn’t mean our grills get the cold shoulder! This Mediterranean Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri recipe by Bailey Ruskus is a staple in my house for many reasons! The marinade goes great on anything and I have been swooning over this chimichurri for years. I mean it when I say it’s the ultimate, as it’s amazing with bread, empanadas, and absolutely anything grilled. Bring this to your next family BBQ and you’ll have everyone asking you for your secret! Reprinted with permission from Cook, Heal, Go Vegan! by Bailey Ruskus, Page Street Publishing Co. 2021. Photo credit: Bailey Ruskus
4. Thai Barbecue Cauliflower
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BBQ cauliflower wings are an amazing creation on their own, so why not make this savory snack even better by adding a bit of Thai flare? This Thai Barbecue Cauliflower recipe by Zsu Dever is almost like a red curry but in crispy appetizer form. Cauliflower is tossed with curry powder, Sriracha, garlic, and coconut milk to contrast the heat and then baked (or air-fried) until tender and toasted. Serve these with a cooling and creamy dip and plenty of carrots and celery sticks!
5. Korean BBQ Jackfruit Buns
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These Korean BBQ Jackfruit Buns by Gabrielle St. Claire make for the perfect entrée or small bite for entertaining. You have the amazingly soft steamed buns, an effortless savory, slightly spicy Korean BBQ sauce that pairs seamlessly with the jackfruit.
6. Mediterranean Grilled Chickpea-Stuffed Avocados
Source: Mediterranean Grilled Chickpea-Stuffed Avocados
You’ll be using your grill two ways for these Mediterranean Grilled Chickpea-Stuffed Avocados by Taylor Kiser: for cooking up some crispy chickpeas, and for getting perfect grill marks on avocado halves! As if avocados themselves couldn’t be any better, right? The grilled avocado halves are stuffed with a colorful mixture of tomato, cucumber, and grilled chickpeas, and drizzled with a generous amount of tasty tahini sauce.
7. Grilled Tempeh With Filipino BBQ Sauce
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This Grilled Tempeh With Filipino BBQ Sauce by RG Enriquez is inspired by the sauce you’d find brushed on grilled foods sold by street vendors in the Philippines. It’s sweet, smoky, and perfect for grilling tempeh or anything that has that “meaty” texture. Try it on tofu, mushrooms, or seitan, and serve with your favorite starch and veggies for a well-balanced meal that’s packed with flavor.
8. Grilled Tofu Tikka Kebabs
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These Grilled Tofu Tikka Kebabs are marinated in tikka masala, which is a spice blend made with ground cumin, garam masala, red chili powder, salt, and pepper. The tofu and veggies are marinated in coconut yogurt, the tikka spice blend, oil, and some lemon juice for at least 30 minutes. They are then threaded on a skewer and grilled until cooked through and charred. These kebabs by Pavani Nandula are easy, smoky, and delicious. They are also great to serve as a light meal over rice or quinoa (or any other grain) pilaf.
9. Mexican Street Corn
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Bring the heart of Mexico right into your kitchen with none other than Mexican Street Corn by Mitch and Justine Chapman. Think sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy flavors all packaged together to form mouth-watering elotes!
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10. Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa
Source: Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa
This quick and easy dish is full of not-your-every-day flavors. The pineapple salsa is sticky and sweet, with crisp bell peppers mixed in. The tofu is spicy and crispy from the grill. It’s the perfect meal to serve at a cookout! Serve this Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa by Maggie Jones with a side of sliced cucumbers for a cooling effect, or with rice and lettuce for a heartier meal.
11. Grilled Kofte Wraps
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Throughout the Middle East, Grilled Kofte Wraps like this one by America’s Test Kitchen are made by mixing ground beef with delightfully extravagant quantities of fresh herbs and warm spices. The beef mixture—formed around skewers, rolled into logs, or pressed into patties, depending on region and personal preference—is grilled over high heat and served with a creamy yogurt sauce.
12. Korean Barbecue Tofu ‘Wings’
Source: Korean Barbecue Tofu ‘Wings’
Korea is known for its barbecue dishes, and now you can try a plant-based version yourself with this Korean Barbecue Tofu ‘Wings’ recipe by Lydia Filgueras! The tofu is marinated in a homemade Korean barbecue sauce and baked until they are crispy on the outside. A perfect appetizer!
13. Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw
Source: Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw
These days, you can find almost anything served with buffalo sauce – which is a mixture of butter and hot sauce. The traditional Buffalo Sandwich is breaded, deep-fried, and smothered in the fatty condiment. The cabbage and apples in the slaw add crunch, the vegan mayo adds creaminess, and the vinegar gives it some needed acidity. This is a simple and easy-to-make, no-fuss vegan Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw by Zsu Dever with all delicious buffalo flavors. This might be your new go-to lunch!
14. 15-Minute Harissa Eggplant Kebabs With Cucumber Mint Relish
Source: 15-Minute Harissa Eggplant Kebabs With Cucumber Mint Relish
These spicy, sweet, and satisfyingly sticky 15-Minute Harissa Eggplant Kebabs With Cucumber Mint Relish by 15-Minute Vegan: Fast, Modern Vegan Cooking are perfect for grilling! The harissa adds the perfect amount of heat that is quickly cooled down by the refreshing cucumber mint relish. Serve these kebabs in soft flatbreads with the tangy relish, jewel-like pomegranate seeds, and a generous drizzle of tahini.
15. Korean BBQ Brussels Sprouts
Source: Korean BBQ Brussels Sprouts
Don’t forget the veggies – they love barbecue sauce, too! These Korean BBQ Brussels Sprouts by Gabrielle St. Claire take the flavor to the next level with a savory-sweet barbecue sauce. Enjoy these as an appetizer or a side dish. Once people taste these, no one will ever say they don’t like Brussels sprouts again.
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