Best Vegan BBQ Recipes With BBQ Rub

BBQ rubs are not only for chicken and meat. You can use BBQ rubs in vegan recipes too. Rubs enhance the flavors of vegetables in the same way. Some people might think BBQ rubs are only for meat. However, using BBQ rubs for your vegan grill recipes can result in amazing flavor and unique recipes. BBQ rubs take vegetables to a whole different level by their flavor. All you need to do is come out of your regular vegan recipes and spices and try something new in the form of grilled vegan recipes with BBQ rub. If someone says vegan food is boring, show them the below-mentioned recipes;

Grilled Tofu Skewers

The first vegan recipe is grilled Tofu skewers, for which you need to press the tofu for at least 15 minutes so that the excess water squeezes out. By doing this, you ensure that it does not stick to the grill, it improves the texture, and it can absorb more flavor. It is better to slice the tofu on four vertical slabs and press them. It will be easier than pressing the entire block. Cut the slices into cubes. Marinate the tofu in wet BBQ rub or apply dry BBQ rub. If you go with the marinade, leave it for 15 minutes or a few hours, then put the cubes in the skewers. If you are to use a dry rub, just apply the dry rub with your hand on the cubes and put the cubes on the skewers.

Preheat the grill and put some olive oil on the grill with a brush. Heat the oil for 30 seconds and put the tofu skewers on the grill. Oiling is necessary; otherwise, your tofu will stick to the grill. Heat until the tofu gets grill marks, change the side, and cook again. You are done when the tofu gets grill marks on all sides. Serve with BBQ sauce or chipotle sauce.

Grillable Veggie Burgers

Yes, you can make vegan burgers using BBQ rub. The vegan ingredients for the burger patty are; rice, black beans, walnuts, and mushrooms. Put together the flax seeds, liquid smoke, wet BBQ rub, and soy sauce and set aside for 10 minutes, so it thickens. In a pan over medium heat, roast the walnuts by often stirring for around 3 minutes until they turn golden brown. Keep stirring to prevent burning. Put the walnuts in a food processor and process until you get a consistency of breadcrumbs. Put aside.

Add onions and cook until they turn translucent and soften. Put around 3 tablespoons of water to prevent burning. Add garlic and mushrooms, and cook for 4 minutes until everything softens. Set aside. Take a large bowl, add black beans, and mash them halfway through. Add walnuts and flax blend and season with salt and pepper. Mix everything and make burger patty shapes by squeezing the mixture using clean hands. Put the patties on a baking sheet and put the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and grease the grates. Put the burger patties on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 5 minutes on each side until browned. Open the lid, put vegan cheese on the patties and close the lid again and cook for a minute more. Remove the patties from the grill, take a burger bun, put lettuce, tomatoes, and onion rings along with the patty and BBQ rub or BBQ sauce, and serve.

Easy Grilled Vegetable Skewers

For grilled vegetable skewers, your ingredients include; tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, pineapple, baby tomatoes, vegan chicken strips, and wet BBQ rub. Start by cutting the vegetables into cubes and place the vegetables along with pineapple and vegan chicken strips onto the skewers. Fill the skewer until only 2 inches are left at the top and the bottom. Brush wet BBQ rub onto the skewer ingredients coating them completely. Cook each skewer on the grill for around 3 minutes on each side or until the ingredients are browned.

Eggplant Steaks

This is the easiest recipe on the list. It includes only three ingredients; eggplant, BBQ sauce, and smokey dry BBQ rub. All you have to do is cut the eggplant into thick round slices of around ¼ inch. Rub the smokey dry BBQ rub into your sliced eggplant steaks. Grill the eggplant for 5 minutes and flip them. Brush the grilled side with the BBQ sauce and flip again to brush the other side with BBQ sauce. Take the eggplant out from the grill and brush fresh BBQ sauce on the slices again when they’re still hot. You do not need to peel the eggplant in this recipe since the skin is edible and adds flavor to the recipe.


BBQ rubs are known for chicken, meat, and pork BBQ. However, its use in vegan recipes is equally interesting. It enhances the flavor and allows you to have the BBQ flavor in your vegetables. You can use any dry or wet rubs in these vegan recipes. The tricks are the same as patting the ingredient, such as tofu, with a paper towel before applying the rub so that it does not fall out with water. The vegan BBQ rub recipes combined with BBQ sauce as a side can give a next-level flavor to your vegan recipe.

You can create your vegan recipes using BBQ rub per your flavor preference. For instance, the way we did eggplant steaks can be done with any other vegetable, like potatoes. You can also use BBQ rubs for sidelines, like potato skins, roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, etc. BBQ rub can help you cook something quickly because it is a ready-made spice, and even if you make it at home, you can store it for 6 months.

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