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BBQ Eggplant

Updated on August 8, 2011

Eggplant is not just for frying

In the past I have almost always fried eggplant to cook it.While I do love eggplant parmesan, there is only so many times you can eat it in a month before getting sick of it.

There is a saying that there are countless ways to cook an eggplant. So, this summer I decided to grow some eggplants and try some different cooking methods for preparing this versatile vegetable (or Berry, if you want to be technical about it).

The first technique I tried is to Grill the eggplant and to make things interesting I added some BBQ sauce.

BBQ Grilled Eggplant
BBQ Grilled Eggplant


You will need the following ingredients:



Olive Oil

BBQ Sauce


  1. Cut the Eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Sweat the eggplant.
  3. Mix the Eggpant and BBQ sauce in a large bowl. Let the eggplant sit in the BBQ sauce for 10-15 minutes to marinate.
  4. Brush some olive oil on your grill grate to prevent the eggplant from sticking.
  5. Grill the Eggplant 5-10 minutes per side. You will know when your eggplant is ready to be flipped because the sauce on the top will start to caramelize and thicken. Brush some extra sauce on top of the eggplants after you flip them.
  6. Let Cool for 1-3 minutes before serving. You may add additional sauce, if desired.

BBQ Sauces

There are almost as many types of BBQ sauces as there are ways to cook eggplant. You can create different types of sauces that will match your particular pallet. You can use a stored bought BBQ sauce or you can easily make your own. Here are some great BBQ Sauces for using on Grilled Eggplant.

Asian BBQ Sauce


  • 6 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 4 tablespoon Asian fish sauce or Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder


  1. Simply mix all ingredients together.
  2. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour while the eggplant is sweating.

Basalmic BBQ Sauce


  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3/4 cups Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Bring to a slow boil.
  3. Simmer over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.


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    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Always looking for more vegetarian BBQ recipes, and this sounds wonderful. We love eggplant, but you are right--fried, fried, fried gets old quickly.

      We planted eggplant for the first time in 2011, 2 plants, and there are just the two of us. (These were the traditional large eggplants, not the small Japanese variety it looks like you may have used.) Wow! We had no idea eggplant plants were so prolific! We had it coming out of our ears, and the neighbors started to hide when they saw us approach. Well, ok, I exaggerate--but we had way more than we could use!

      Voted up, awesome and useful--and again wishing for a 'delicious' button...

    • rjsadowski profile image


      6 years ago

      It makes perfect sense. You can grill many different vegetables - why not barbeque them.

    • Tatara profile image


      7 years ago from Asia

      Eggplant salad is also great. :-)

    • aperturering profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thanks Susan, hope you enjoy it!

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This recipe looks really good and I will try it as I am always looking for new things to try on the BBQ. Thanks :)


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