Vegetarian BBQ solution

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by onthedeck, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. new2que

    new2que Meat Mopper

    My family (as an appetizer only!) will make a stuffin outta cream cheese, a little tony c's and cavenders, and pack the tops of those portabellos with it.  then we dust a little more Cs and Cavenders on top and smoke away!  The are great as is, i bet they'd be good on a bun too!

    Actually, you can see some of them in the bottom left hand corner of my profile picture. next to the yardbirds.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well first you have to field dress the vegetarian, then seperate out the various chunks you want to BBQ. I suggest a good flavorfull rub the night before because they can be a littel gamey unless you have manged to find one that is grain finished. Smoke with a mixture of apple wood and hickory, and don't forget to mop regullarly since they are obviously on the lean side being vegetarian and all.

    Serve with a side of fava beans, and some chianti! [​IMG]

    (.... oh! Is that not what you meant by Vegetarian BBQ Solution?) [​IMG]
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Dutch I'm thinking that the vegetarian ribs don't they call them the McRib. Now the tofurkey is too funny thereRob. Now for the real food I would go with the portabella burger or the eggplant does sound really good but maybe rolling them with something good is also a really good choice too.
  4. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use soy in conjunction with other ingredients for frankfurters, but the soy I have is not the Textured, it's finer milled like a very fine powder.   I am interested in getting some for a meat substitute for such things as chili; where do you obtain this coarser type?
  5. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like to play around with the people in our Family that are Vegans[​IMG], but they deserve good food too[​IMG]

    So when they come over I do local in season veggies and fruit.[​IMG]  Summer squash is great smoked, then you have the Corn,Eggplant,Asparagas,leafy Mustard or Turnup Greens all taste great smoked.Then I go to the fruit for dessert.Smoked Peaches are to die for,and fresh Pineapple is nice.Most the time I don't glase them with sugar or anything, just a bowl of vanilla Yogurt with some honey to did in.They have a good time,but us Carnivores are doin' the Caveman thingy[​IMG]

    Be nice to the Vegans and ,
  7. blackpacker

    blackpacker Newbie

    I really got the grilling bug when I was a vegetarian back in college, and it taught me alot.

    The best tool in the world for the vegetarian grill is one of those BBQ woks/ grilling pans.

    Fallafel (Chick Pea patties) can be done on foil with indirect heat.

    In the grill pan, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, green peppers, crook neck squash and asparagus are wonderful to grill, just try to keep everything uniform in size. 

    Apple slices take the taste of apple wood and cider smoke VERY well, and are great if dusted in brown sugar.

    Pre-cooked brown rice with rasins, chopped pine nuts and minced onion / garlic make a great stuffing for bell peppers, if slow cooking. If you want to really show off, use Quinoa or polenta instead and stuff it inside a winter squash, like acorn (smoke for 2-3 hours at 200-250), you will have to keep adding vegitable broth though, since the squash soaks up so much liquid. Add a few drops of bourbon now and again for a distinct and intricate flavor.

    Using a pyrex or cast iron pan for a vegetarian black bean chili-queso never failed to impress the carnivores, but can be hell to clean up if overheated.

    Portebello mushrooms marinated in basalmic italian dressing or BBQ sauce are great too, especially topped with provelone of smoked gouda. Make sure to add a touch of oil or cooking spray to your grill, as they stick pretty bad if you don't.
  8. blackpacker

    blackpacker Newbie

    Oh god, and I almost forgot because they are so out of season, but grilled or smoked, asparagus is out of this world! Just soak in olive oil for an hour or so, then season with salt/pepper/garlic and grill or smoke until tender. You can't go wrong!
  9. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Some great responses for sure, but here's my .02, what about a smoked vegetarian lasagna, might be good, I'd have to add some meat for myself, but to each his own.
  10. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    I have a number of vegetarian recipes in my recipe data base.  None of them are using a smoker, although some can use a grill.   There are many others that would be good to serve, and would be appreciated.  Here come three that I picked out for you to consider.  As with any recipe, read it, adapt it to suit yourself.


    Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.05
          Title: Bean Loaf/Bean Burger
     Categories: Vegetarian, Burger
          Yield: 1 servings
          1 c  Regular Oat meal; dry
        3/4 c  Water
          1 lb Can of beans, drained*
          1 c  Carrot; chopped
        1/2 c  Onion; finely chopped
        1/4 c  Green pepper; finely chopped
        1/8 c  Bran
        1/4 c  Wheat germ
        1/3 c  Dry potato buds of flakes
          1    Egg
        1/8 ts Garlic powder
        1/8 ts Pepper
        1/4 ts Orenago
        1/4 ts Basil
        1/4 ts Thyme (or Rosemary)
        1/4 ts Ground sage
          4 ds Taabasco; to taste
      *Use butter beans, great northern, or white kidney beans. Fava Beans
      Oats, beans and carrots make this deliciously spiced loaf a real high
      fiber meal.  Try it hot for dinner and have the leftovers in a
      sandwich the next day.
      For Loaf:
      Preheat oven to 375
      Lightly oil a 5 x 8 loaf pan or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
      Place oats and water in small bowl and let stand 15 minutes.  Place
      beans in a large bowl, mash with a fork.  Add remaining ingredients.
      Mix well with fork making sure that spices are evenly distributed.
       Add oats to  bean mixture.  Mix well.  Press firmly into prepared
      pan.  Bake 1 hour and 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins.
      Invert onto serving plate.  Let stand 5 min before slicing.
      Following mixing directions above.  Make into regular size burger
      patties (I use 1/4 burger press). Lightly oil non stick fry pan and
      fry over med heat for approx. 8 minutes per side or until browned and
      crisp.  Then place in preheated 300 degree oven for 20 to make sure
      inside of burger is set.
      Made 7 good sized burgers.
      Next time I will try V8 instead of water for a variation.
      Spices can be changed for cajun, indian, mexican
      Source:  Oat Cuisine, 1989 Bobbie Hinman, Prima Publishing Rocklin CA
      Adapted from Cooking Echo
    Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.05
          Title: Many Bean Stew
     Categories: Stew, Beans, Vegetarian
          Yield: 6 servings
          1    Onion; chopped
          1 tb Oil
          2    Cloves garlic; chopped
      1 1/2 ts Paprika
        1/2 c  Pinto beans
        1/2 c  Northern beans
        1/2 c  Kidney beans
        1/2 c  Red lentils
          5 c  Water
          1    Bay leaf
          1 ts Celery seed
          1 ts Dill weed
          2 ts Salt
        1/4 ts Black pepper
          1    Knorr Vegetarian Bol. Cube
          2 c  Potatoes; cubed   with
        1/2 c  Carrots; etc. your choice
      Rinse beans, cover with water and bring to a boil, let boil two
      minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for one hour.
      Drain off that water.
      Saute onion, garlic in oil along with paprika.
      Put all ingredients in slow cooker, and simmer on high for about 4
    Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.05
          Title: Rae's Vegetarian Chili
     Categories: Vegetarian, Easy, Tested
          Yield: 13 Cups
          4 ea Cloves garlic, minced
          1 c  Onions, finely chopped
        1/2 c  Red bell pepper fine chopped
        1/2 c  Celery, finely chopped
          3 tb Olive oil
         28 oz Can diced tomato with juice
          8 oz Can tomato sauce
          6 oz Can tomato paste
         12 oz Beer (Not Dark)
          4 tb Chili power or to taste
          1 tb Mustard powder
          1 ts Dried oregano
        1/2 ts Black pepper
      1 1/2 ts Ground cumin
        1/8 ts Hot pepper sauce
          2 ea 15 oz can black beans
               -NOT drained
          1 ea 15 oz can garbanzo beans
          1 ea 15 oz can pinto beans
          2 ea 15 oz cans kidney beans
               -NOT drained
          1 ea 15 oz can Cannelli beans
          1 ea 15 oz can whole corn
               -NOT drained


          3 tb Brown sugar


               Fresh cooked macaroni
               Finely diced onions
               Shredded Mexican blend
               Shredded cheddar cheese
      In large sauce pot, saute garlic, onion, bell pepper and celery in oil
      until translucent.
      Add canned diced tomatoes (undrained) tomato sauce, beer, tomato
      paste, and the spices, and hot sauce.
      Stir in the various beans and bring mixture to a boil.  Reduce heat
      and let simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
      When you turn off the chili pot, stir in 3 teaspoons of brown sugar.
      Stir well so it dissolves.
      Variation of Rae's Vegertarian Chili  at
      We made this for my son's move to new house. Everyone liked this chili
      ~ even the meat eaters.  Will make again.
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  11. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Should have rolled a trash can down the driveway, they would have come running. [​IMG]
  12. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Smoke Blower

    I'll second the portabello mushrooms... we chop up some little slivers of garlic and parmasean cheese and stick them into the gill side of the shroom, then marinade them in balsamic dressing, garlic and basil for an hour or two.  We usually grill them as a side dish but they would probably make a good main course for a vegetarian.... smoked gouda was a good suggestion above.
  13. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You could always put a sign by the food....

      OR            OR  
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2010
  14. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    There are some who are mostly vegetarian, but will eat fish.  For them, smoked fish (any type) is a good choice.
  15. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    How about a loaded revolver, a nice big bottle of sleeping pills and fresh pack of razor blades? LOL

    Like oil and water, BBQ and vegetarians are simply diametrically opposed concepts and one should never attempt to mix them.
  16. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  17. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That's freaking funny!!! 

    Now, all joking aside. I'm a card carrying member of P.E.T.A. and I'm proud of it. Here at the organization of People Eating Tasty Animals we believe all critters deserve an equal opportunity to be served up in it's most tasty way. In most cases, that means spending some time in a smoker. However, grills... frying pans, ovens and the like are all good options too. I got to go... my neighbor asked me to watch his cat while he was out of town. Where did that little critter go? "Here kitty kitty kitty"
  18. smoke_chef

    smoke_chef Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I like this solution. Too funny!!

    I was going to have some co-workers over once and one them was one of them there fruity people. Oh... don't get your drawers in a ruffel... I'm not calling anyone names. I mean she was a fruit and veggie person. I didn't have any idea what it would be but I told her not to worry. I'd come up with some sort of veggie dish I could throw in the smoker. She said she wouldn't even eat veggie food that came from a smoker or any other cooking device/container that had EVER had meat in it. Good freaking night. Some people!!
  19. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    You slipped and put crab in there. Crab is still meat, even the little ones someone might give you. LOL 
  20. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    LOL I was thinking of going there but decided not to and took the other turn instead.

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