You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Beer, Wine, and Liquor Seven Tips for Greening Your Barbecue This Summer Seven Tips for Greening Your Barbecue This Summer by sharontroy May 23, 2008, 4:49 pm 10 Comments With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, millions of people will be firing up their grills to celebrate an American past time. Here are some quick tips to keeping your barbecue safe, waste-free, and fun! 1. What’s the greenest grilling option? Electric and propane grills are definitely better than charcoal. If that’s your only option though, try using cleaner burning, natural charcoals. A great list can be found here at GreenYour.com. If you’ve got your heart set on the flavor that comes from grilling over wood, Woodflame grills were the most eco-friendly option I could find. 2. Skip the meat. As if you didn’t need another reason to lower your meat intake, I also recently came across this health-related article on the 5 Worst Foods to Barbecue. (Hint, none of them are tofu.) You can replace the burgers and hot dogs with some vegetarian knock-offs (respectively, I recommend Amy’s burgers which come in a variety of flavors, and Lightlife Tofu Pups.) Or you could even try making your own ahead of time. I have to admit, I’ve never tried grilling my black bean or white bean burgers, but it’s worth a shot! 3. Go even simpler, with locally grown veggies. Really, what doesn’t taste better in kabob form? Load up some skewers with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, pepper, red onion, eggplant… even fruit like pineapple works great. For something a little different, check out Jennie’s recipe for Grilled Baby Bok Choy. 4. What barbecue is complete without some cold ones? Get your drinking in now before the beer shortage hits! Seriously though, go for locally brewed beers, even organic if possible. Check out this guide to greening your beer selection. 5. I’m told that at some barbecues there are those who don’t drink beer. While I wrap my mind around that one, here are some nonalcoholic alternatives. Santa Cruz makes organic fruit juices and sodas and is a Green-E certified business. Blue Sky also makes natural sodas as well as energy drinks. Both are nationally distributed (you can likely find them at Whole Foods). 6. Ditch the disposables for plates and utensils that can be re-used. Bonus points if they’re made from recycled materials, like my favorite brand: Preserve Tableware. These come in fun, festive colors and are dishwasher safe. You can also read about a non-reusable, but definitely pretty option: leaf plates. 7. While keeping it local in your backyard is ideal, urban-dwellers like myself are left to seek out public parks. Scope out the area ahead of time to see if they offer recycling and composting options. If not, be sure to bring your own bags or containers for cleaning up waste. BioBags are 100% biodegradeable and compostable. Leave your green spaces as pristine as they were before you got there. Most importantly, just get outside and enjoy yourself! The best thing about barbecuing is the chance to spend time outdoors with friends and family, celebrating this beautiful planet. I hope you all have a safe, and wonderful weekend! And check out this Ecopreneurist post for more green barbecue and camping tips! Image Credit: Velo Steve on Flickr under a Creative Commons License. See more Previous article My Glass Is Greener Next article Sensory Flashbacks, Sacred Places, and Environmentalism 3 Comments Leave a Reply These tips are wonderful! We’re going to a BBQ tomorrow and I’ll be following many of them. Thanks for sharing! Reply I am drooling over those kebabs. Yum! Thanks for the post. It is pretty dang hot here in AZ already but I cannot wait to use your tips. :c) Reply We love what you are doing and who like to see you registered on our site to inform others. Please visit http://www.greenconnected.com and check it out. Reply 7 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:vegoftheweek » Blog Archive » Veggie Burger Recipe: Gryffy Approves and So Will You Pingback:vegoftheweek » Blog Archive » Veggie Burger Recipe: Gryffy Approves And So Will You Pingback:Top Three Patriotic Foods: Beer, a Bunch of Greens and a Brat (Recipe Included) : Eat. Drink. Better. Pingback:The Farmer and the Grill, A Great Guide to Grassfed Grilling : Eat. Drink. Better. Pingback:All-Star Veggie Kabob Recipe : Eat. Drink. Better. Pingback:The Healing Powers of Vitamin D-Let The Sun Shine : Eat. Drink. Better. Pingback:Indiependence Day: Etsy Finds for July 4th : Green Living Tips | Living Green and Save The Planet | Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.