10 Eco-Friendly BBQ Grill Tips For Green Grilling This Season!
Summer is here which calls for a sizzling season with a good old-fashioned BBQ.
Cookouts are traditionally dominated by meat-heavy diets, wasteful habits, and forgetting about our planet while we’re having fun, we want to help you keep the environment in mind with some eco-friendly alternatives to keep your BBQ as green as can be.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of ” 10 Eco-Friendly BBQ Grill Tips For Eco-friendly Grilling” which includes green options for the grill, for serving ware, what to eat and cleanup afterwards!
P.S. Find our handy Green BBQ Checklist at the end of this blog!
Meet The Last Party Cup You'll Ever Need
Did you know 500 billion single-use cups are wasted around the world annually?
Party sustainably everywhere you go with Pirani Tumblers – lightweight, pint-sized, stackable, reusable cups! Bring this easy-to-carry, stainless steel vessel on any outing to help eliminate single-use plastics. Plus, pulling out a reusable like this is a great conversation starter. Seeing this clever tool can help generate an ‘aha moment‘ to inspire conscious consumption at your next gathering.
16oz and 26oz Insulated Stackable Tumblers – Features & Benefits:
- Dishwasher Safe
- BPA-free and phthalate free
- Easily stackable and easy to carry
- Powder coat finishing for easy grip and extreme durability
- Rolled lip for the smoothest drinking experience
- Food safe, ultra-high strength 18/8 stainless steel – does not transfer flavor
- Lifetime warranty
- Added internal copper coating increases insulation 10% – 15% longer
This sustainable tool is handy year-round with their Skinny-Wall Triple Insulation™ to keep your drinks hot for up to 6 hours and cold for 12+ hours.
Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauces
Did you know many BBQ sauces on the market are not vegan? They can contain ingredients like honey, anchovies and Worcestershire sauce (which contains fermented anchovies).
Studies have shown that switching to a plant-based diet can have the biggest impact at the personal level. You can green your BBQ this season by serving up some plant-based yum. Here’s a great vegan BBQ sauce you should try out!
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Acme Organics is the maker of Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauces, the highest-ranked organic BBQ sauces at the American Royal, the largest and most prestigious BBQ sauce contest in the USA.
Their Classic, Black Garlic and Hickory Bourbon sauces are certified organic, gluten-free and vegan.
Acme Organics believes that organic agriculture is a major step toward a sustainable future. That is why their line of BBQ sauces are USDA Certified Organic – meaning no pesticides, herbicides or GMO ingredients.
Acme Organics is family-owned and operated. They have transformed a well-loved conventional product into a certified organic and vegan BBQ essential.
Experience the taste of “hot and smoky” vegan ketchup in a bottle, inspired by fresh ingredients and Caribbean flavours.
RicherEarth Vegan Eat’s Spiced Guava Ketchup was introduced at several farmers markets and events during the 2021 season, and the reviews have been that this product is “delicious!” Try it for yourself.
Handcrafted in small batches in Ontario.
Available in Hot and Mild flavours.
At RicherEarth Vegan Eats Inc, their mission as a vegan food and beverage company is to: operate as an eco-conscious business by reducing their carbon “food print” through collective climate action; work with causes for the protection of, and ethical treatment of animals; through vegan food programs, inspire a shift in thinking about how we choose to nourish our bodies and build a community willing to learn about the many ways to embrace veganism.
Charcoal vs Propane grill? Go Plant-based!
Many eco-BBQ debates consider the method of cooking as a source of CO2 emissions.
Charcoal puts out more particulate matter when burning, it also gives off about two times more carbon dioxide emissions than propane gas. Propane gas comes from fossil fuels with an energy-intensive and environmentally harmful process which is not renewable.
What DOES MATTER is what you are serving at the BBQ.
For this reason, it is best to go plant-based for the most eco-friendly BBQ!
Check out the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition’s Monthly Bulletin for plant-based recipes and healthy habit knowledge.
Visit The Grocery Outlet – they specialize in offering familiar brand name vegan and vegetarian products at a fraction of regular costs.
Plant-Based Beer Inspired Recipes
Raise a glass to home cooked tasty beer-infused recipes for apps, sips, mains and more.
Since 1927, The Beer Store, a privately–owned chain of retail outlets selling beer in the province of Ontario, Canada, has been recognized as a global leader in environmental sustainability. Their world–renowned closed–loop recycling systems and deposit return program yields an impressive recovery rate of 97% on the industry standard bottle.
What’s the issue with the tissue?
Virgin paper napkins use up a lot of resources. It takes roughly a cup of water to make just one paper napkin that’s 2.3 grams in size.
On average, each person in America uses 2,200 two-ply napkins every year. They often get thrown away and that’s a lot of waste ending up in landfills that can be avoided with a reusable cloth napkin.
Make the switch to cloth napkins that can be used at your BBQ and then reused for another occasion.
Our member Funkins makes them in a variety of exciting patterns and prints that make it easy to see why it’s one of the best zero-waste products to try out!
Himalayan Salt Block
Using a Himalayan salt block for BBQ is a unique way to infuse your food with subtle salty flavors.
Preheat the salt block: Place the salt block on your grill or BBQ and heat it gradually. Start with low heat and gradually increase it over a period of 15-20 minutes until the salt block reaches the desired temperature. Heating it too quickly may cause the block to crack or break.
Oil the salt block: Once the salt block is heated, lightly brush the surface with cooking oil to prevent food from sticking. Use an oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil or canola oil.
Prepare the food: Season your food with desired spices and herbs. Cut the food into small pieces or thin slices to ensure quick and even cooking.
Place the food on the salt block: Carefully place the seasoned food directly onto the hot salt block. You may use tongs or a spatula to handle the food. The salt block will start to cook the food and impart a subtle salty flavor.
You can get it from The Green Jar in Toronto, Ontario. Founded by two sisters Mara and Tannis Bundi, who have always had a lifelong passion for sustainable living. Every order supports reforestation by planting a tree with Our Forest!
Environmentally friendly cutlery
Bamboo cutlery is lightweight, making it convenient for joining up at a park BBQ. It is easy to carry in backpacks or picnic baskets without adding much weight. This makes it a practical choice for on-the-go activities. We recently featured it in our Sustainable Camping Gear Guide and it works for public cookouts anywhere!
Bamboo is a highly renewable resource as it is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet. It can grow up to 3 feet in just 24 hours and reaches maturity in about 3-5 years. This makes it a sustainable alternative to traditional cutlery made from plastic or metal, which require more resources and have a higher environmental impact.
Our community member TWIG offers a handy bamboo cutlery kit with a cotton pouch. Utensil size is 9″ x 2 5/8″
With all the pre-planning you have done beforehand, you have already reduced the amount of waste produced to clean-up. Asking guests to bring their own containers or having extras on hand can help pack up the leftovers to reduce food waste. The rest of the food scraps should be composted appropriately. Follow these tips from Cardinal Home Services for proper disposal of any cooking fats, oil and grease.
Here’s a recap of green tips from our checklist!
Use sustainable grilling equipment: Choose a grill that is energy-efficient. Look for options like electric grills, which have lower emissions compared to charcoal or gas grills. If you prefer charcoal, opt for natural lump charcoal made from renewable sources instead of briquettes that contain additives. Optimize your grill’s efficiency by preheating it for a shorter time and keeping the lid closed while cooking. This helps conserve energy and reduces cooking time.
Opt for organic and local food: Purchase organic, locally sourced, and seasonal ingredients for your BBQ. This reduces the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation and supports local farmers. Consider visiting farmers markets to find fresh produce, meat, and dairy products that are sustainably produced.
Reduce meat consumption: Incorporate more plant-based options into your BBQ menu. Grilling vegetables, tofu, or plant-based meat alternatives can be just as delicious and satisfying. Encourage your guests to try new vegetarian or vegan dishes. If you do include meat, choose organic and locally sourced options to support sustainable farming practices.
Avoid single-use items: Opt for reusable or biodegradable alternatives instead of single-use plates, cutlery, and cups. Use durable, washable dishes, glassware, and utensils to reduce waste. If disposable items are necessary, choose compostable or biodegradable options made from sustainable materials like bamboo or palm leaf.
Reduce food waste: Estimate the amount of food needed for your gathering to minimize leftovers. Encourage guests to bring reusable containers so they can take any excess food home. Compost food scraps instead of throwing them in the trash.
Plan for efficient transportation: Encourage carpooling or provide public transportation options for your guests. Alternatively, consider hosting the BBQ in a location accessible by walking or cycling to reduce carbon emissions.
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Guide To Healthy Grilling
Guide to Healthy Grilling: Who doesn’t love a good BBQ, but is it healthy for us? This blog post from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition breaks down the science behind grilling, the best foods to grill, and some tips on how to keep it healthy this summer.
If this post has inspired you to learn more about sustainable food systems, check out the Eco-Nutrition Course at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.