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Fourth Of July Vegan BBQ Tips And Recipes

Put the "Independence" back in Independence Day!

Summer is the most popular season for barbeque in the United States. On the Fourth of July, families and friends all over the country get together to celebrate our nation’s independence. Flags fly from porches and grills fill our neighborhoods, parks and beaches with wispy smoke. But for chickens, cows, and pigs, there is little to celebrate.

Vegan Baking By AnnieAll over this country, millions of animals suffer in intense confinement and carelessly indifferent slaughterhouses and dairy farms.  Numerous barbaric practices are far too common on farms where animals live and die for the traditional 4th of July BBQ menu. Not only is it unthinkable to treat any living being the way animals exploited for food are treated, but with so many delicious compassionate alternatives available it is completely pointless.

So let’s put the "independence" back in Independence Day! Fourth of July get-togethers are a great opportunity to introduce your neighbors and loved ones to delicious food produced without cruelty to animals. Bring something vegan to a potluck or BBQ that even meat-lovers will enjoy. There are a few tricks that can help a bit, like marinating Tofurky Beer Brats in a dark beer with a dash of olive oil for about 15 minutes before throwing them on a grill. If you don’t have a lot of time there is always the classic Cheeseburger Pie and Three Bean Salad. Bakers can count on the crowd-pleasing Peanut Butter Cake. If you want to really “wow” someone, vegan Crab Cakes are so good they will make even the meatiest eater think twice about what they thought it means to be vegan.

This recipe is guaranteed to be a hit with pretty much the whole gang! It is easy to make and maybe a bit messy to eat but that’s part of what makes it so good  . . .

Chipotle Roasted Corn

  • 1/3 Cup Chipotle Salsa
  • corn2/3 Cup Vegannaise
  • 2 Teaspoons Lime Juice
  • Dash of Liquid Smoke
  • 8 Ears of Corn

Mix salsa, vegannaise, lime juice and liquid smoke.

Fold down each layer of the corn husks. Remove the silks and brush a heavy coating of the salsa mix on each corn. Fold the husks back up to cover and seal in salsa mix.

Wrap with aluminum foil. Put on the grill for 30 to 45 minutes. Remove foil and put back on grill for 3 to 5 minutes.

Fold down the husks and season with salt and pepper to taste.

For More Recipes – check out the recipes on our Vegan Campaign website or order a Vegan Starter Kit that is full of vegan recipes and tips.

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