I ate vegetarian for a while, and perhaps the most annoying thing about it was going to a barbecue and seeing that a plain-Jane-veggie-burger-from-a-box was my only option for dinner. Now don’t get me wrong, a veggie burger can make a mighty fine meal. But when my meat-eating friends were enjoying smoked ribs slathered with homemade barbecue sauce, I felt like my meal was simply an afterthought.
But these delicious vegetarian recipes for the grill are anything but afterthoughts. Who needs ribs when you can have Black Bean & Hominy Succotash with Barbecued Portobello Mushrooms topped with its own delicious sweet-smoky sauce. Or a hearty Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich, with a fraction of the fat and calories you find in your standard breaded-and-fried eggplant Parm. My go-to vegetarian option is tofu in Pirate Marinade, fragrant with orange juice, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. Every time I make it I get requests for the recipe from vegetarians and meat eaters. For the best flavor, let it marinate overnight.
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