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Get ready to ignite your taste buds because Summer is officially here, and that can only mean one thing -


For the vast majority that will, of course, conjure the immediate sound and smell of sizzling sausages but, if you haven't already considered it, firing up the barbie actually presents an easy 'pea'sy opportunity to try out veggie options instead.

Hold on to your habaneros and join us as we get stuck into the world of plant based BBQs and explore the benefits that extend beyond your plate, including: reducing your carbon footprint, promoting better health and embracing a cruelty-free, future-proof lifestyle.

So without further a moo, let's dive into the delights of vegan barbecuing and discover how it can make your summer gatherings more enjoyable than ever before.

Gone are the days when most people would look upon you with confusion or derision when you said you were vegetarian or vegan! In the last decade supermarkets have realised what a lucrative market plant-based diets can be, especially with people who do eat meat starting to sample vegan alternatives (either for health, economical, or environmental reasons). These days, it's easier than ever to enjoy the same appetising BBQs you had as a child, with the same dishes you remember, but entirely plant-based.


Although there are more plant-based alternatives on the market than ever, not every vegetarian or vegan enjoys a faux meat substitute!
It's important to remember some people just don't like meat, and, consequently, do not wish to emulate it.
Luckily, vegetables are incredibly versatile, and with the right prep, make a satisfying, nutritious and tasty main dish.

You can never go wrong with grilling up some corn on the cob, and cauliflower makes a sterling choice too (like these jerk cauliflower "wings"!)

Here at Carousel, we think, when it comes to displaying your carne-less creations it doesn't get more apt than this vibrant, vegetable-themed, deep dish tray by much loved British artist, Emma Bridgewater



The question on every non-vegan's lips...
"But, where do you get your protein?"

You'd be forgiven for thinking plant based BBQ choices are limited to fake meat or veggies, but that's simply not the case!
Marinading high-protein options like tofu, tempeh, and seitan - staples in many east Asian cuisines - creates a symphony of flavours and textures that will ignite your senses and leave you completely satisfied.
If you have a bit of time on your hands, you could have a go at making your own seitan, or try experimenting with different types of tofu (these tikka kebabs and teriyaki slices are sure to be hits). Or how about these tempeh BBQ "ribs" which sound insanely delicious.

Check out our amazing portable BBQs - perfect for grilling these divine dishes and coming in at than £30!
(No, we are not taking the P!)



It's true! There are some fruits out there that work unbelievably well on a barbecue. Watermelon wedges in particular are perfect, as well as grilled pineapple.

Plus, in you haven't already heard of it, there's a less common fruit which creates the most mouthwatering plant-based delights - Jackfruit!
This fruit, originating in Asia, can be cooked up as an incredibly convincing but much kinder and healthier substitute to pulled pork.

We're sure you'll agree, our bestselling Geometric serving board would lend itself beautifully to showcasing wedges of grilled fruits or mini jackfruit vegan sliders


Why choose plant based bbq options

Sustainability on the Grill

Vegan BBQS offer a sustainable alternative to traditional meat-centered gatherings. By forgoing animal products, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Plant-based foods requires fewer production resources, including land, water and energy. So, fire up the grill with a clear conscience, knowing that your choices are contributing to a more eco-friendly future


Choosing plant-based BBQ options means nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients. Grilling colourful vegetables, tofu, tempeh and legumes provides a plethora of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. These plant-powered barbecue dishes are often lower in saturated fats and cholesterol, helping to support heart health and reduce the risk of disease

A Compassionate Feast

Vegan barbecues align with a compassionate lifestyle by eliminating the need for animal exploitation. By embracing plant-based options, you can enjoy a guilt-free meal that doesn't contribute to the suffering of animals, and relish in the peace of knowing that your choices promote kindness and respect towards all living beings

Diverse and Flavourful Grilling

Contrary to popular belief, vegan barbecues offer an exciting and varied range of options to delight your tastebuds. Marinated and grilled tofu, seitan and an assortment of rainbow vegetables take on a smoky and tantalising flavours on the grill. Explore the endless possibilities of plant-based marinades, rubs and sauces that infuse your dishes with a burst of taste

Nutritious Sides and Salads

Complement your grilled delights with a variety of nutrient-packed sides and salads. Freshly prepared salads bursting with dynamic colours and flavours, such as leafy greens, roasted vegetables and quinoa, add a refreshing and wholesome touch to your barbecue spread. Indulge in the textures and tastes of cruelty-free food that nourish both body and soul

Sweet Sensations

No barbecue is complete without a sweet ending. Vegan desserts offer a wide array of delectable options that cater to every palate. From grilled fruit skewers drizzled with a touch of sweetness to creamy plant-based ice creams and decadent vegan chocolate treats, these desserts provide the perfect finale to a memorable plant-powered feast

Don’t forget the sides

There's more to a BBQ side dish than just potato salad or coleslaw - although they are staples for a reason! These classics can easily be made totally plant-based by using vegan mayo; you can buy this premade, or easily whip some up yourself.
With some creativity the options for salads are absolutely endless, or you could consider mixing it up and serving some hot sides: Grilled peas are quick and easy, or you can have some fun by getting the kids to assemble their own vegetable skewers.

These fabulous patterned salad serving set is a bargain at only £1.99 and perfect for dishing up your vegan barbecue sides

Set Of 2 Olive Grove Bamboo Salad Servers


The combination of the summer heat and all this yummy food, means your guests will definitely be needing some liquid refreshment! Sure, you could just buy soft drinks or alcohol from a supermarket, but why not add a little personal touch by serving up some home-made concoctions?

This vegan Thai iced tea sounds and looks absolutely incredible and we love this non-alcoholic sangria recipe that everyone can enjoy.

You could also utilise what you probably already have on hand for the main event, like cucumber, lime and mint, or perhaps fresh oranges and lemons, and whip up some delicious fruit-infused water that even the agua-averse will guzzle down!

Our fruit-infuser jug will add a bright touch to BBQs and picnics; It offers a handy method to incorporate fruit into cocktails while keeping it from splashing into drinks, and is a great way to add fun and flavour to still or sparkling water

2 Litre Fruit Infuser Water Pitcher Jug


So there you have it: Breaking BBQ stereotypes is easier than you might expect, and, now you know, embracing the world of vegan barbecues - where flavour, sustainability, and compassion intertwine - is certain to create a truly delightful dining experience.

Plus, with a reduced carbon footprint, improved health benefits, and a cruelty-free approach, these types of meat-free gatherings - whether one offs or routine - empower us to make conscious choices that positively impact our planet, well-being and the lives of animals.

So gather your friends, family and loved ones, fire up the barbecue and embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the joy and ease of plant-based cuisine.