Beer Marinade for Vegan Grilling: Tasty Recipe

Tasty vegan beer marinade for grilling
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Easy vegan beer marinade perfect for a veggie summer BBQ. It pairs well with tofu and vegetables as well as most vegan and vegetarian meat substitutes.

Anyone who likes a refreshing beer on a hot summer’s day is going to love this vegan BBQ beer marinade. There’s not really any way to go wrong with this one, so feel free to experiment with different flavors of beer, more or less sugar, and different spices.

What makes this marinade vegan is simply replacing the honey that is typically found in most grill marinades. Here we’ve suggested maple syrup or agave nectar, but there are a myriad of vegan honey alternatives that you can use and that are equally perfect for grilling.

Vegan BBQ Beer Marinade Ingredients

Ingredients for vegan beer marinade.
Ingredients for vegan beer marinade.
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  • 1¼ cup beer
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp mustard powder or 2 tbsp wet mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp maple or agave syrup
  • black pepper

For the beer, you’ll want to choose a darker one over a lighter one. Stout is by far the best option for marinades. However, you should be cautions as some beers aren’t vegan due to them being filtered through fish scales or containing additives such as gelatin. 

If you can’t get your hands on a vegan stout, try to avoid excessively hopped IPAs and cheap mass-produced beers at all costs as these can potentially ruin the flavor of whatever you’re grilling. We recommend going for a well-crafted, vegan larger or ale – the darker the better. 

Beer Marinade Instructions

Marinade your vegtables and tofu for at least one hour before grilling.
Marinade your vegtables and tofu for at least one hour before grilling.
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool before marinating for at least 1 hour, making sure all sides are covered.

Tip: Learn how to thicken BBQ sauces to make this beer marinade slightly less viscous. 

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