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vegan carrot dogs recipe whole food plant-based 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July, and that means burgers and dogs. But vegans want don’t want to miss out on the same American favorites. And these Smoky BBQ Carrot Dogs will blow your mind with how realistic they taste like a real hot dog.

Leverage the naturally earthy sweetness of carrots to make surprisingly compelling meatless hot dogs! Infused with a smoky, savory marinade, they only get better when charred on the grill.

Sticky BBQ sauce seals the deal with a touch of caramelization around the edges. Making these so flavorful!

Best Whole Food Plant-Based BBQ Sauce

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You’ll want to look for a brand of BBQ sauce that has the least amount of added sugar, no artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, etc.), is oil-free, and is vegan. And DEFINITELY no high-fructose corn syrup. That stuff is the worst for your health.

My favorite BBQ Sauce is Stubb’s Original Flavor BBQ Sauce. Some of the other Stubb’s flavors contain more sugar or honey, which is not vegan.

Smoky BBQ Carrot Dog Toppings

Most all the typical hot dog toppings are plant-based, minus the cheese of course.

Although these carrot dogs are so flavorful, you may not even need toppings!

Here are some great whole food plant-based toppings you might want to try:

  • Yellow or Dijon mustard
  • Pickle relish
  • Ketchup
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Sauerkraut
  • Chopped onions
  • Pickled onions
  • Salsa
  • Roasted peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Pico de gallo

More Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes perfect for the 4th of July

Smoky BBQ Carrot Dogs

Leverage the naturally earthy sweetness of carrots to make surprisingly compelling meatless hot dogs! Infused with a smoky, savory marinade, they only get better when charred on the grill. Sticky BBQ sauce seals the deal with a touch of caramelization around the edges. These not-dogs are so flavorful, you may not even need toppings!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 8 carrot dogs
Calories: 58kcal
Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel the carrots and trim them into approximately hot dog lengths; 6-inches. Place in a medium saucepan and add water to cover. Set over medium heat and boil for 5 – 6 minutes, until fork tender. Be careful not to overcook so they don’t become mushy. Drain and run under cold water to immediately stop the cooking process.
  • Prepare the marinade by whisking together all the remaining ingredients, except for the BBQ sauce, in a shallow dish. Place the cooked carrots in the marinade and let soak for at least four hours, or up to eight hours, in the fridge.
  • To cook the carrot dogs, drain away the excess marinade. Grill or sauté over high heat for 4 – 6 minutes, until lightly charred. Brush with BBQ sauce in the final minute of cooking, allowing it to caramelize around the edges.

Notes

Serving suggestion: Serve on whole grain or gluten-free buns with your favorite toppings, such as ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, chopped onions, pickles, and more.
Notes: You can alternately bake the carrot dogs in a 400-degree preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or air fry at 370 degrees for about 10 minutes. Brush with BBQ sauce in the final 2 minutes of cooking to achieve similar results.
Nutrition facts only include carrot dogs and don’t include bun or toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1carrot dog | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10403IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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