Brilliant BBQ Recipes for Vegans, Vegetarians & Meat Eaters

We’ve talked about cooking on a chiminea before. It’s an awesome way to prepare delicious food outdoors, fun as well as easy and effective. With the BBQ season on the horizon and the weather – at long last – showing signs of warming up, we thought it’d be fun to give you a whole load of brilliant BBQ recipe resources from trusted places, including fresh ideas for vegetarian and vegan barbecue treats.

Why feature veggie and vegan BBQ recipes?

Did you know that both veganism and vegetarianism are on the rise? It’s dramatic stuff. People all over the world are giving up meat for a few key reasons that affect us all:

  • The animal welfare aspect of meat-eating
  • The health aspects of red meat, which is currently thought to be pretty bad for you if you eat any more than a very small amount every now and again
  • The even worse health record of processed meats like sausages and bacon, typical BBQ fare
  • The impact that ‘growing’ meat has on climate change, since raising farm animals results in an awful lot of CO2 being emitted, especially by cattle and lambs

The rise and rise of veganism

If you took part in Veganuary this year, going meat-free for January, you’re not alone. Here’s what a report in The Guardian says:

“Veganuary was launched in 2014, with 3,300 people signing up; by 2016, there were 23,000 participants, then 59,500 in 2017, and a staggering 168,000 this year – and these are just the numbers that signed up officially online. Notably, 84% of this year’s registered participants were female, while 60% were aged under 35. Showbiz magazines and websites are full of lists of fully vegan celebrities – Ellie Goulding, Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Woody Harrelson, JME, Ellen DeGeneres, Liam Hemsworth; we could go on.”

Others are saying the same. Nestlé, the world’s biggest food business, predicts the trend for plant-based food will continue to grow and that it’s “here to stay.” Just Eat said veganism was a top consumer trend in 2018 thanks to a 94% increase in orders for ‘healthy’ food. And the US’ top takeaway source GrubHub says orders for plant-based food have reached a new high, with vegan choices made 19% more of the time in January to June 2017 than the same time period in 2016.

Vegan BBQ recipes for your chiminea or fire pit

Here are some sources of wonderful meat-free BBQ recipes for vegans.

Vegetarian BBQ recipes for a chiminea or fire pit

Here are some splendid resources to help you make your veggie barbie go with a bang rather than a banger:

100s of supreme meat-focused BBQ recipes for carnivores

If you’re a keen carnivore, you still have the widest choice of recipes for BBQ food. Here are a load of them to keep you going all summer.

Can you cook all this on a chiminea?

As a rule, you can cook the same recipes on (and in!) a chiminea that you can on a BBQ. If you don’t have a chiminea of your own, now’s the perfect time to invest in one ready for the summer. And we have such a lot to choose from, everything from sleek, contemporary steel to traditional clay.