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Grilled whole roasted cauliflower meets classic Alabama white BBQ sauce for delicious vegetarian BBQ option that meat-eaters will love.

A whole cauliflower head is seasoned inside and out then roasted on the grill. After roasting, the grilled cauliflower head is dipped into a tangy and delicious mayonnaise-based bbq sauce. 

whole cauliflower topped with sauce

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People complain about the blandness of cauliflower and thus avoid it like the plague. The reality though is that people have been cooking cauliflower the wrong way.

Grilled Cauliflower Ingredients

  • Whole Cauliflower Head
  • Olive Oil
  • Cajun/Creole Seasoning
  • Bay Leaf
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Brown Sugar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Hot Sauce

How To Roast Cauliflower on the Grill

The key to this dish is seasoning the interior of the cauliflower first. To do this, boil the cauliflower in water seasoned with the bay leaf and the cajun seasoning mix. Boil the cauliflower for 5 minutes flipping with a large spoon after the first two minutes.

whole yellow cauliflower in poaching liquid

Transfer the cauliflower stem side down to a colander and drain for 10 minutes.

yellow cauliflower draining in a bowl

Place the cauliflower heads on the indirect side of the grill. Close the lid. Smoke the cauliflower for 45 minutes to an hour, maintaining the temperature inside the grill at around 250 degrees until they are fork-tender but not mushy.

cauliflower smoking on the grill

While cauliflower is smoking, make the Alabama white BBQ sauce. Mix together all the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

alabama white sauce in a glass bottle

Using a silicone brush mop the entire grilled cauliflower with the bbq sauce until it is completely covered. Serve.

Grilled Cauliflower Cooking Considerations and Tips

Definitely follow the pre-smoking steps to add extra flavor. The key to this recipe is boiling the cauliflower in SEASONED broth/water.

Feel free to use your favorite spice seasoning for the recipe, as cauliflower really does work with any flavor. So don't feel obligated to use creole/cajun spice

Do not try and speed up cooking by increasing temperature. You'll end up with a dark exterior and uneven flavor

Make the BBQ Sauce ahead of time if you prefer. Refrigerate until ready to use and allow to reach room temperature before serving.

Serve with sides like collard greens, stewed okra, or grilled cabbage.

If using the cauliflower as a side serve with mains like grilled jerk steak, smoked rib tips, or brown stew chicken

For a more detailed breakdown of cooking whole cauliflower visit this older post.

whole cauliflower topped with sauce

More Cauliflower Recipes

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Smoked Cauliflower with Jerk Rub

Cauliflower Curry

Cauliflower Steak Tapas

Pan-Roasted Cauliflower

Cheesy Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Braised Whole Cauliflower in Coconut-Wine Broth

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whole cauliflower topped with sauce

Whole Smoked Cauliflower w/ Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Grilled whole roasted cauliflower meets classic Alabama white BBQ sauce for delicious vegetarian BBQ option that meat eaters will love.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 329kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Equipment

  • Smoker

Ingredients

For the Cauliflower

  • 1 Whole Cauliflower Head trimmed with leaves removed
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoon cajon or creole seasoning mix
  • 1 bay leaf

For the Alabama White BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup Mayo
  • ¼ cup Cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Hot sauce

Instructions

Cook the Cauliflower

  • Boil the cauliflower in water seasoned with the bay leaf and the cajun seasoning mix. Boil it for 5 minutes flipping with a large spoon after the first two minutes.
  • Transfer the cauliflower stem side down to a colander and drain for 10 minutes.
  • Place the cauliflower heads on the indirect side of the grill. Close the lid. Smoke the cauliflower for 45 minutes to an hour, maintaining the temperature inside the grill at around 250 degrees until they are fork-tender but not mushy.

Make the Sauce

  • While cauliflower is smoking, make the Alabama white BBQ sauce. Mix together all the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a silicone brush mop the entire grilled cauliflower with the bbq sauce until it is completely covered. Serve.

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Notes

Definitely follow the pre-smoking steps to add extra flavor. The key to this recipe is boiling the cauliflower in SEASONED broth/water.
Feel free to use your favorite spice seasoning for the recipe, as cauliflower really does work with any flavor. So don't feel obligated to use creole/cajun spice
Do not try and speed up cooking by increasing temperature. You'll end up with a dark exterior and uneven flavor
Make the BBQ Sauce ahead of time if you prefer. Refrigerate until ready to use and allow to reach room temperature before serving.
Serve with sides like collard greens, stewed okra, or grilled cabbage.
If using the cauliflower as a side serve with mains like grilled jerk steak, smoked rib tips, or brown stew chicken
For a more detailed breakdown of cooking whole cauliflower visit this older post.

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 809mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 652IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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Melanie

Monday 26th of July 2021

What a great vegetarian option! I love anything with cauliflower so this would be a winner! Yum!

Heidy

Monday 26th of July 2021

This recipe for grilled whole roasted cauliflower with Alabama white sauce was great. Heck, even the kids loved it, and they are picky at times with veggies. I will be passing your recipe link on to a few friends-- That was over when I made it.

Kate

Sunday 25th of July 2021

The combination with the white sauce was amazing! Never thought I could enjoy eating cauliflower this much. Great recipe.

Tracy

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

What a great recipe! So fun - while still being super delicious and with all the BBQ flavor you want, without the meat!

Anaiah

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

This cauliflower looks delicious and the Alabama BBQ sauce sounds so flavorful! I'll be making this recipe for tonight's family dinner with some grilled corn. Yum!