Vegan grilled meat brand opens the world’s largest plant-based smokehouse
Vegan meat brand in July 2021 Barbecue will open the Carolina Smokehouse – the world’s largest plant-based smokehouse. The 10,000-square-foot facility in Cornelius, NC will have the initial capacity to produce 800,000 pounds of branded meat, including Pulled BVQ (vegan barbecue pork with original sauce) and Chopped BVQ (a gluten-free version of the Pulled BVQ) and naked Versions of both (lightly flavored with no sauce). “As the plant-based meat market grows, so does the demand for our plant-based wood-smoked barbecue,” said Lee Cooper, Founder and CEO of Barvecue. “As we grow to keep up with the demand for barbecue products, we decided it was time to expand production and lead the vegetable grill market.”
Vegan grilling for everyone
Barvecue was founded in 2017 with the aim of producing the world’s best tasting vegetable-based grilled meat. Barvecue’s growth is backed by a $ 2 million investment raised by mission-driven investors last year, which is set to be increased by an additional $ 1 million capital increase this year.
The company’s current facility, located just a few minutes’ walk from the Carolina Smokehouse, will be used as an innovation center once the smokehouse has gone into operation. “Our goal is to make delicious barbecue for everyone,” said Cooper. “We are pleased to be laying the foundation stone with the world’s largest plant-based smokehouse so that we can soon do just that.”
Barvecue’s products are currently available in online vegan grocery stores. GTFO It’s Vegan, VeganEssentials and Vejii; vegan wholesaler VEDGEco; and via its own website. The brand also offers local pickup and their meat is available from select brick-and-mortar retailers.