Vegan BBQ chicken and shrimp entree with plant-based mac 'n cheese and coleslaw. Photo courtesy Leaf Over Beef. The vegan restaurant is one of six participating in the Long Beach Vegan Social at the Hawk Bar Saturday, Sept.10.

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.