How to Smoke Food for Vegans


While most people use food smokers to smoke meat, you might not know that there is a whole community of people who use food smokers for smoking vegetables. Yes, vegan cookouts are exciting and like smoking meat, it imparts a delicious aroma to vegan food.

Smoking food for vegans requires almost the same type of food smoker used for smoking meat. Our Bradley Smokers are tailor-made for smoking any kind of food. You can check out the different options available on our website.  

There has been a steady rise in the number of plant-based cookouts, and it’s now a common thing to see people enjoying their vegan food gatherings. Smoking vegetables is a new way of making your regular vegetables taste much better. You should probably take your time and consider trying out one of the following foods for your next cookout if you have vegans around.

1. Smoking Potatoes

They are low in calories and rich in antioxidants hence loved by many. Besides, there are many recipes available for potatoes. Smoking them makes them tastier. Potatoes are dear to vegans and are more likely to make it to the vegan’s food smoker.

Olive oil is an essential ingredient to smoking potatoes along with salt and pepper. You need to toss the potatoes first into the oil, then add some salt. The majority of the vegans prefer spraying pepper on the potatoes, but you can still choose to avoid this if you don’t like it.   

Alternatively, you can go for the sweet potatoes and slice them in half and smoke them without adding any ingredients.

Smoked Potatoes Recipe

2. Smoking Corn

Corn smoking makes the corn taste so much better. It is also among the few foods that you can easily smoke regardless of the weather conditions.  

Smoking corn is relatively easy despite being a slow smoking process. You start by getting rid of the husk then tossing it in olive oil. You can still flavor your corn using your preferred seasoning to give it that mouthwatering taste you love. You should be careful when smoking corn and keep flipping it to ensure all sides are well cooked.

Once the corn is ready, you may choose to rub it with salt to serve it. Ensure you have smoked corn while it is hot.

Smoked Corn on the Cob Recipe

3. Smoking Nuts

A lot of people prefer their nuts smoked. They are the ideal snacks for outdoor camping. The time taken to smoke nuts allows friends and family members to bond together.

Try this way of smoking nuts to make them taste better.

Start by soaking the raw nuts in water, then place them on a foil tray. If you love your nuts sweets, consider seasoning them with coconut sugar and if it is not available, use the readily available granulated sugar. Seasoning your nuts with salt or ground pepper is a common way, and you can still try it.

The estimated smoking time is anywhere between 40 and 50 minutes, depending on how well you can control the food smoker’s temperature.

Smoked Peanuts Recipe

4. Smoking Cabbage

Did you know that you can smoke cabbage? Cabbages can be smoked, and it is a favorite among vegans.

So, how do you do it? The first thing you have to do is remove the outer leaf and slice the cabbage into wedges. Like any other vegetable smoking experience, you will have to soak the cabbage in olive oil and ensure all pieces are well seasoned. Making a hole in the cabbage’s stem and filling it with spices is an alternative way of seasoning it. You will then have to wrap the cabbage using aluminum foil before putting it into the smoker.

Unlike smoking meat, you should flip the cabbage at least after 20 minutes to ensure all sides are well cooked.

5. Smoking Olives

Almost all vegetarians love smoked olives. They are among the easiest vegetarian foods to smoke, and you can never go wrong with them. You can smoke both the green and black olives together if you like. The first step is to dry the olives using a piece of paper towel for about an hour. You may add olive oil to form a coat before sprinkling your favorite spices. The entire smoking process can last for up to 30 minutes, and you need to keep a close eye on the temperature.

Marinated Smoked Olives Recipe

Since now you know how to smoke vegan food, you can include them in your cookouts. Make sure you follow the steps needed to properly smoke vegetables. You will love the new taste of the vegetables you have always enjoyed when you smoke them.
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