Can you see that these grill sticks are vegan? Well, I don’t. And when Georg posted a photo of the barbecue with our vegan grill sticks on Instagram, he got a lot of likes from sites like beldosBBQ or men’s steak. Our vegan barbecue sticks were also sold out in no time when we were barbecuing together with Omni friends. If even Omnis cannot recognize or taste whether it is meat or not, then you know that you have done everything right.
I found the recipe for these delicious vegan grill sticks on the blog Dailyvegan and had to try it out right away. But I modified and simplified it a bit. Because the list of ingredients was way too long for me and the preparation with an extra rub was too much work for me. So I left out some ingredients and put the ingredients for the rub directly into the Seitan dough. This eliminates one work step and the Seitan tastes even more intense.
The recipe still contains a lot of spices, because like Sean from Dailyvegan, we like it to be strongly spiced. If this is too much spices for you, you can simply reduce the amount.
Crispy and Juicy Vegan Grill Sticks
Our grill sticks are crispy and juicy and convincing with a light smoky caramel note. I can only say that the effort is worth it! We are so enthusiastic about this crazy grill idea that we have already made the vegan barbecue sticks three times this grill season and since summer is just beginning, we will probably make them much more often. Our barbecue sticks were also very well received at a barbecue. And as already mentioned, even the Omnis couldn’t taste a difference.
There are two important things to keep in mind:
- If you use wooden skewers, you should soak them in water for half an hour to an hour so that they do not burn so quickly when grilling.
- The sticks should be kept in their marinade as long as possible, but for at least 1 to 2 hours.
For this recipe you need Seitanfix as the main ingredient, i.e. gluten in powder form. You can get it in large supermarkets or in the organic market. I often buy my Seitanfix* online for stock, so I have it in the house if we want to grill spontaneously or cook other meat substitutes.
Seitanfix, Chickpea Flour and Liquid Smoke
Apart from that you need chickpea flour and Liquid Smoke for vegan grill sticks. You can also get chickpea flour in big supermarkets or in Asian shops (it is also called Gram Flour*). It is used in many vegan recipes as a binding agent, e.g. to replace an egg. You can use Liquid Smoke to create a smoky BBQ aroma. I haven’t found Liquid Smoke* in any shop yet, so I bought it online. One bottle is enough for 1 to 2 years, because you only use a few drops of it. These are all things that, in my opinion, should belong in every vegan pantry.
Vegan Grill Sticks Made of Seitan
For the grill sticks:
For the marinade:
- 1 Tbsp tomato puree
- 1 Tbsp balsamic
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- ½ Tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1 Tsp sweet mustard
- 2 cloves of garlic clenched
- ½ Tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp paprika powder
- ½ Tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 Tsp pepper
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 10 Wooden Skewers alternatively metal skewers
- For the grill sticks:
- Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes so that they do not burn so easily.
- For the grill sticks, mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Mix the liquid ingredients separately. Add the liquid to the Seitanfix and knead vigorously with your hands for several minutes. A firm, tough dough should be formed without dry spots.
- If the dough becomes too soft or sticky, knead in a little more Seitanfix.
- Divide the dough into 10 parts and roll and knead these parts into thin sausages or strips as long as possible.
- Take a wooden skewer, take one end of the Seitan strip and skewer it on the stick. Then wrap the remaining strip tightly around the skewer. Pin the end on the skewer as well. Do the same with the other skewers.
For the marinade:
- Mix all ingredients for the marinade.
- Coat the grill sticks with marinade from all sides using a baking brush. Leave to stand for at least two hours.
- Grill the grill sticks on the hot grill evenly from all sides until they are crispy on the outside.
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