Vegetarian BBQ recipes are not always just side dishes. When you think of BBQ, it's usually beef, pork, chicken, burgers, sausage, etc. But let's not forget about those veggies. They could make up the whole meal (for a change).
Not all vegetables are suited for the grill, though, because they are so delicate. Those with high water content, like most leafy greens, don't seem to do too well. But many vegetables, like peppers, asparagus, onions, and potatoes work excellent.
Even if I haven't mentioned a specific vegetable here, try different vegetables on the grill. You may be in for a nice surprise. Eggplant, zucchini, and other squash are often grilled as a part of vegetarian BBQ recipes.
Vegetables do need to be watched more closely than meats. They will usually cook faster. They each have different textures and moisture content. So, use a little common sense when grilling them. Potatoes and carrots are more dense than say... squash. Cooking times will vary.
Try roasting corn on the grill, in the shuck. Simply peel back the shuck like a banana peel. Remove all of the silk. Coat the corn with butter and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Cover the ear again with the husk and tie at the end to hold it together. Grill for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to grill. When I do it, I slice them anywhere from 1/4" to 1/2" thick. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on each side until golden brown. These are great on hamburgers, as a side garnish, or cut up and added to salads (grilling them brings out the sweetness).
Using skewers is an easy way of grilling some vegetables. They are perfect for grilling mushrooms. Once skewered, brush on some melted butter seasoned with garlic salt. Grill to desired doneness. My family loves them.
Even the use of skewers offers a lot of choices for you. Metal skewers are very commonly used, but you could also choose bamboo or rosemary sprigs. Be creative and come up with your own vegetarian BBQ recipes.
Why not make the choice of skewers part of your vegetable kabob recipe. Mix and match combinations of vegetables, and add a kabob marinade (such as melted butter and garlic salt). Talk about original...
Whatever kind of vegetable you decide to grill, always follow the basics. Clean the grill and put a touch of oil on it. Depending on what you grill, you may want to place it directly on the grill, use skewers, use foil, or a pan with holes it. Use your own judgment. It's easy to lose good food into the coals if the pieces are too small.
One way that I have grilled potatoes is to cut them in slices, wedges, or cubes, and cook them in foil. Do this just as you would for your oven indoors. Season them with butter, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese (or whatever you like). Wrap and seal them in foil with a tablespoon of water to help steam them. Mighty good.
Some things just don't belong on the grill, though. I have heard of fried ice cream (and even eaten some). But ice cream on the grill.. I don't think so. I doubt if watermelon would work very well either. Rice? Now that's another story. I'll tell it to you one of these days.
Open up your mind. Think outside of the kitchen. A few vegetarian BBQ recipes you KNOW won't work. But what about...
Go ahead. What have you got to lose? Get another drink and try it.