Pop-up proves that vegan BBQ can be done deliciously, try it Tuesday

The art of cooking BBQ is a test of skill and patience for any pitmaster but, for the vegan chef, it can be a humbling experience. Finding the right balance of smokiness, flavor and tenderness all the while trying to recreate the taste and texture of meat without the meat, means a lot can go wrong.

Proving that it can be done deliciously is local vegan eatery, Leaf Over Beef, which is hosting a pop-up event Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. at 623 West Pacific Coast Highway.

Traditional BBQ flavors are reimagined in Mexican-style entrees—tacos, burritos, quesadillas—alongside classic southern comforts of smoked vegan meats, burgers, sandwiches and wings. Smoked vegan entrees, slathered in their special BBQ sauce, range from $12 to $15. And, loaded with hearty helpings of plant-based mac ‘n cheese and coleslaw, the entrees are easily filling enough for two.

Those looking to get a feel for all their smoked BBQ offerings can try their BBQ sampler platter for $25.

As if the sheer volume of their offerings wasn’t enticing enough, there’s also an entire menu dedicated to a plant-based interpretation of the epitome of southern comfort: fried chicken. Think fried chicken wings, sandwiches, BBQ chicken fries, the works.

Guests are encouraged to RSVP online, click here. You can also pre-order your meals by texting (562) 235-0276. For locals, Leaf Over Beef will deliver your meals to your home, free of charge, for a purchase of $25 or more.

For more information including menu, click here.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.