How To Throw A Vegan BBQ For Four Under a Tenner
Having a tasty and sociable BBQ doesn’t have to blow the roof off your weekly budget, in fact, with a little thought it could turn out to be so thrifty that you do it every weekend this summer.
Get your hands on some cheap produce
Throwing a penny-saving BBQ is all about spotting deals where you can and being flexible with what you’re happy to take home!
Keep an eye out for an offer
We all know there are bargains to be had at any supermarket or shop – you just have to know where to look. We love to look out for cheap salad and corn on the cob for a treat aiming to spend around £2.
Try out your supermarket’s own brands
The age-old argument of whether burgers or sausages rule the BBQ isn’t about to be settled here, but if you’re after the best price for your plant-based grub, we can do that.
If you’re team burger, then Tesco’s Plant-Chef patties come in packs of two for £1.50 (so £3 for a burger each).
Alternatively, Richmond’s meat-free sausages come in at £2 for a pack of eight in Sainsbury’s.
Raid the reduced section
Vegetable skewers are our go-to way of bulking out the barbie at very little cost and as you’re going to marinade and grill them, they don’t need to be at their freshest. Head to the reduced section in the vegetable aisle and pick up anything that you can cube or put on a skewer – and aim to pay £2. Great vegetables for this are:
- Red onion
- Bell peppers
All the small things add up but are pretty vital to the BBQ. Try to find the least expensive buns or rolls (around 50p) and wooden skewers (50p).
Save a few extra pounds
Why stop there with the money-saving?
Make your own marinades
Your vegetable skewers will taste even better if they’re glazed, but there’s no point forking out on a shop-bought one when you can get creative with what’s already in your cupboards. We love to use oil, maple syrup, wholegrain mustard and seasoning.
Ease up on the charcoal
If you’re just having a BBQ with three friends then you won’t need anywhere near the amount of fuel that you would for a big family. You can get small 1KG bags of fuel for around £2.50 that would be ideal.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth then pick up a bunch of four bananas and a medium-sized bar or dark or vegan milk chocolate as the perfect dessert – this shouldn’t cost any more than £1.50.
- Cut the banana skins lengthways along the top and insert a few squares of chocolate into each
- Tightly wrap each banana individually in tin foil
- Place on the still-hot BBQ embers for around 15 minutes
Let us know how you get on in the comments below!
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.