Look, we all know that burgers and hot dogs are essential items for barbecuing. But, come on, let’s not leave pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, and lean meats out of the conversation. All these meaty dishes deserve credit for making outdoor get-togethers so special. Whether you’re missing barbecue or cutting out meat, there’s a plethora of plant-based meats on the market these days — including the aforementioned pulled pork, ribs, and kebabs. Here are some of our favorite vegan barbecue meat options, broken down by type.
Pulled pork is a classic dish of the American South, especially in the Carolinas where it’s simply known as “barbecue.” However, this is not the only sliced meat sandwich in the world. is in mexico lazy, shredded chicken served in a sauce made with tomatoes and smoky chipotle chiles in an earthy, spicy adobo sauce. There is Korean food tangpyeongchaeA dish of shredded beef mixed with mung bean sprouts, watercress, nokdumuk (mung bean jelly), and thinly sliced red chillies. The list goes on, but as far as we’re concerned, they’re all welcome additions to barbecue.
Check out our pick for plant-based crumbles in these Smoky Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sliders from Pretty Brown Vegan blog writer and recipe developer Shay Boyd. We also recommend this Pulled Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwich with Grilled Pineapple from cookbook author mother/daughter duo Linda and Alex Meyer. Great vegan BBQ without the grill.
Jack and Annie
1 Jack and Annie
Jackfruit, a large, spiny fruit native to South and Southeast Asia, is beloved for its fleshy texture. Not only does it make an amazing addition to Sri Lankan curries, but when you marinate it in a sweet, tangy and savory barbecue sauce, you’ve got yourself a delicious pulled pork alternative. This smoky pulled pork from Jack & Annie has a wonderfully smoky flavor that begs to be served inside a soft potato roll with plenty of crispy and crunchy vegan coleslaw.
2 Jackal Company
Variety is the spice of life, and of backyard barbecues too. Boulder, CO-based brand The Jackfruit Company has you covered if you can’t (and don’t) settle for one flavor of sauce. The company makes three flavors of vegan pulled pork semi-ready: BBQ, Tex-Mex and mildly seasoned. Have fun mixing and matching the toppings to taste.
Looking for a vegan pulled pork that offers a little more protein? Barvecue, a family-owned plant-based meat brand founded in 2017, makes two of its meatless pulled pork options from a blend of soybeans and sweet potatoes. The tangy flavor, which is coated in a sweet barbecue sauce, provides 9 grams of protein per serving. But, if you want to choose your own sauce, go with Naked, which packs 10 grams of protein per serving.
4 Upton’s Naturals
Tossed in a tangy barbecue sauce, Upton’s Natural Bar-B-Q Jackfruit is tempting on sandwiches, wraps, or even atop a summer salad. The brand also makes a sauce-free shredded jackfruit version, if you want to customize it to your palate. It’s shelf-stable, making it travel-friendly for shindigs at the park, the beach, or your friend’s backyard.
The ribs are messy, sticky, but the oh-so-delicious sauce is the perfect barbecue meal. Traditionally made from beef or pork, there are a few options for vegan ribs that you can buy online. Enjoy them with your favorite barbecue sauce and serve with grilled corn-on-the-cob and a tangy pasta salad. Want to make your own?
Check out this recipe for Sweet and Sour Vegan Ribs from Fusion food in the vegan kitchen Cookbook by Chef Johnny Marie Newman.
5 Herbivorous butchers
you will find Galbi, also known as Korean barbecue ribs, is on the menu of countless KBBQ restaurants and at backyard summer get-togethers in homes across the country. The Herbivorous Butcher’s plant-based meat artisans have created a tender meat experience cooked in a sweet, umami sauce made with soy sauce, garlic and brown sugar, which pairs perfectly with a summer beer or a hoppy, non-alcoholic beer. drink
6 Chew well
Founded by entrepreneur and activist chef GW Chew, this public benefit corporation seeks to use business as a force for good by making healthy, sustainable food more accessible. Its grill-ready smokehouse beefy ribs are made from soy protein and have a tender, meaty chew ready to soak up your favorite sauce.
Lily’s Vegan Pantry
7Lily’s Vegan Pantry (May Wow)
Located in New York City’s Chinatown, Lilly’s Vegan Pantry (formerly May Wah Vegetarian Market) has been making plant-based meats for over 25 years. The family-owned brand’s Citrus spare ribs are a favorite among chefs at the city’s restaurants, thanks to their beefy texture and tangy sauce. Great in a wrap or alongside grilled produce such as eggplant, tomatoes, asparagus, corn-on-the-cob and summer squash.
Vegan meat for kebabs and skewers
The meaning behind “shish kebab” is quite literal, coming from the Turkish words for “sword” (sees) and “kebab” (meat). Historians trace examples of shish kebab to Greece in the Byzantine era. And today, we can find examples of sticks on meat all over the world, from Sate in Indonesia, want kebab in India, Yakitori in japan, near the water Nigeria, and more.
Nowadays, it should not be made from beef, chicken, pork or shrimp. Your kebab can have parts like beef made from soy or shrimp made from plant-based ingredients. We like to use the bounty of spring and summer by grilling kebabs with seasonal vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini and mushrooms. All of the options below come frozen, so be sure to thaw them before marinating and skewering.
8 the gardener
This tender beef jerky from Gardein comes in bite-sized pieces, so it’s easy to prepare for skewers! Just make sure you give it time to thaw before you start. Try juicy brown button mushrooms, bell peppers, red onions, and a simple marinade—like this recipe made with soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, minced garlic, fresh ginger, and sesame oil.
9 All vegetarian
According to reviewers across the internet, these vegan shrimp from All Vegetarian have a chewy and characteristically bouncy texture like the real thing. Marinate the melted, soy-free vegan shrimp in olive oil, lemon juice, fresh garlic, salt and pepper and serve with a lemon wedge and minced parsley. Instead of using skewers, you can cook them loosely in a grill basket or in an indoor grill pan.
These juicy vegan chicken pieces from Daring are meaty enough to sizzle on a skewer over a hot grill. (If you prefer to make pulled plant-based chicken sandwiches, they’re also shredded.) After marinating the vegan meats in olive oil, serve them on a simple kebab with zucchini, a rainbow, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and red onion, soy sauce. , vegan honey and garlic.