BBQ Party Pack

As awesome as grilling season is, I think most of us get put in a less-than-stellar situation when going to family and friends’ BBQs. Unless your entire group of friends and lots of your family are vegan or vegetarian (if you have that going on, I’M SO JEALOUS), you’re probably going to find yourself at a backyard grillin’ party surrounded by racks of whatever, roasts in smokers and if you’re lucky, a shitty boca burger.

This whole situation came to mind when I was browsing a food magazine and found the idea for foil meals. I’ll be the first one to say that this is a pretty wasteful way to cook meals, but when you’re in a tough situation, these foil packs can be a life saver! Not to mention, they are insanely easy to put together. I actually recommend getting them together the night before, so that the flavors meld together more and you don’t have to worry about rushing them the next day.

These meal packs are so versatile that you can make tons of combinations; include some protein in there by marinating tempeh in liquid aminos and throwing it in with the veggies before going on the grill. Foil also keeps your fresh veggies from touching whatever crap is stuck on your friend’s grill! (So important) An easy way of putting these together is thinking about what you like to put on kabobs; for me it’s mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and a few others. 

But, before I get to the recipe I just want to mention that I had an awesome time, last night at Golden Road Brewing. This is where Randy Clemens celebrated the release of his new cookbook, The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook! I got to meet Randy –who is totally awesome– and take a couple of pictures with him after enjoying some dishes from his book. I have thumbed through most of the book and the recipes look fantastic AND easy to make.

Before (Sane) & After (What?)

One Year Ago: Grilled Summer Stacks with Smoky Almond Cream

Two Years Ago: Strawberry Mint Bubbly

BBQ Party Pack
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American, BBQ
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Serves: 2-4
 
An easy way of getting a veggie fix at the next BBQ that you attend!
Ingredients
  • 1 C. Red/Orange Bell Peppers, Chopped
  • 1 C. Red or White Onion, Chopped
  • 1 C. Carrots, ½” Square Chop
  • 1 C. Russet Potato, ½” Square Chop
  • 1 C. Zucchini, Chopped
  • 1 C. Button or Baby Bella Mushrooms, Chopped
  • 1 Cob of Corn, Sliced to 1-2″ Wide Medallions
  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • ¾ tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1½ tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. (Ancho) Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp. Ground Coriander
  • 4- 12×8″ Pieces of Foil (Or just large squares)
  • Optional: Add in pieces of smoked tofu, seitan, chickpeas, etc.
Instructions
  1. Warm up your grill to medium-high heat (around 400ºF).
  2. Place all ingredients into a very large bowl and toss together so that it is well-mixed and evenly coated.
  3. Divide the mixture between the four pieces of foil, equating to a heaping cup for each one. Place it in the center of the foil.
  4. Fold two sides of the foil in toward the center and fold together/down until you reach the veggies. Press flat.
  5. Take one of the other sides and roll in, toward the center; repeat on the other side, until you have a packet. Press firmly on the rolls/folds so that they do not come apart easily.
  6. Put them on the grill and lower the lid, grilling for 8 minutes on each side of the packet. You can see if they’re ready by peeling back a fold and checking the corn or potatoes.
  7. For a drier mixture inside, open up the top of the packets while grilling during the last 4 minutes.
  8. Serve hot, and top with a little more salt and pepper, hot sauce or BBQ sauce if you desire!

 

Of course this is just in time for all of the Celebrations this weekend, so have a great weekend and stay safe out there! :)

Yes… That’s a metal spork!

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29 Responses to BBQ Party Pack

  1. Great Idea! I love it…plus, I know everyone would be jealous of my handy-dandy dinner! LOL

  2. This is genius! I am one of the lucky ones, with a family that is mostly vegan. However, my husband and friends aren’t and we are all going camping this weekend, so this is perfect!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      That is AWESOME! But, yes, this is totally good for camping, too. I remember making something a little like this when I was a Girl Scout many years ago, and it’s too much fun. :)

  3. Kate

    Great idea! I usually bring original Boca burgers and some dips like Happy Herbivore’s chipotle bean dip or homemade hummus.

  4. Ree

    Great idea! I love potato packets with sliced or cubed potatoes, garlic, earth balance, chopped chives and some salt & pepper. But now I’m going to make yours for next BBQ!
    I like to bring a tex-mex bean salad. Just mix whatever beans you like i.e, black, red, pinto and dress up with chopped onions, jalapenos, corn, oil & vinegar dressing seasoned with cumin, salt & pepper. Chill and serve.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Oh my goodness, those potatoes sound amazing; I’ll have to try that out for myself.

      Also, can I go to the BBQs that you go to? I would be spoiled!!

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  6. Ying

    Tried this today and added green beans. Perfect with borracho beans and rice, and strawberry margarita for our 4th of July barbecue! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Amanda

    Oh my goodness! That looks fantastic! My mouth is watering just looking at it!

  8. So brilliant! I’m the only herbivore from a very large, Midwestern family–our gatherings are pretty meat-heavy. This is foil-wrapped salvation, right here.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      I can relate! I may live in Southern California, but that doesn’t change my family’s eating habits!

  9. Grilled perfection! I love meals that just involve chopping, shaking (spices) and waiting.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      I know! I may just start making these all of the time because of how convenient they are!

  10. oh my gosh YUM!! and the best part is you don’t get the grill dirty!

  11. Taylor

    Holy crap that is an awesome idea! I usually get stuck with a boca burger, which I don’t mind, but this is way better! Love the marinated tempeh idea too.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Ha ha I’ve definitely eaten plenty of Boca Burgers, but tempeh does sound more appetizing to me. I can’t wait to try it out!

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  13. Huzzah! A little late catching up on reading my favorite blogs (I was on an LA to Denver road trip, and am now in San Diego!) but what an awesome surprise to see my face next to yours here! So great to (finally!) meet you! Thanks so much for coming to the party and for all the support! Let’s get together soon and make some food!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      It was terrific meeting you! I hope that you had a great time on your road trip, I’ve been meaning to visit Denver and check it out a lil’ bit. Also, I’d love to cook with you! I can imagine it being fun, maybe filled with beer and totally delicious. :D

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  17. Could I do this in the oven? Any idea at what temp. & how long?
    Thank you!
    Katherine

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