Published by PETA Staff.

Relaxing during a warm summer weekend inspires me to eat one thing: barbecue. This past weekend, we fired up the grill at my house and stuck to a strict “no recipe” policy to create a delicious feast full of comfort foods. The “no recipe” policy lets you get a little more creative—and you can taste as you go!—in order to create dishes that are perfect for your taste buds.

Here’s a look at what ended up on my table and in my tummy, along with suggestions for how to make them.


Seitan slathered in barbecue sauce can be cooked on the grill in slices, then cut into chunks or shredded to make a hearty sandwich. Make your own barbecue sauce, or use a bottled store-bought product.


Don’t forget to leave a few pieces of the seitan unsliced so they can be enjoyed on their own. All you need to make these is seitan and barbecue sauce.


For simple sides, try tossing tomato halves and corn on the cob with a little oil, salt, and pepper. That’s all you need.

Smashed Potatoes

To make a more complex and carb-heavy side, grill potatoes, onions, and jalapeños. After removing from the grill, dice the onions and jalapeños, mash the potatoes, and mix them all together. The only additional ingredients you’ll need to add are salt, pepper, and a little oil.



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