I sure do love me some BBQ! However, since I stopped eating meat several years ago, BBQ hasn’t really been on my radar. I guess I’ve always related BBQ to meat, so I never gave it much thought. It wasn’t until recently when I started planning my summer cooking classes that BBQ came to mind. My intentions for the cooking classes, as well as the recipes I post here, are about creating a healthy spin on classic recipes, and BBQ is perfect for this time of year. I’m also happy to report that my BBQ class was a smashing success and the BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches were a major hit with both herbivores and non-herbivores!
Making the BBQ Sauce
Delicious BBQ always starts with the sauce. I mean, pretty much anything tastes good smothered in delicious BBQ sauce! Am I right?! So I started playing around with different versions and finally came up with the perfect hickory smoked, sweet flavors I was longing for. What I love the most about this BBQ sauce is the depth and complexity of flavors. Smoky, tangy, sweet and fruity with a little heat, just the way I like it! Cooking it low and slow for an hour, or longer if you like, is key! Also, I highly recommend making the sauce a few days in advance before actually using it. The flavors multiply 10 times over when it sits in the fridge for a while.
The secret weapon for this recipe is the liquid smoke. I found this brand which is 100% pure liquid hickory smoke. Unlike most store-bought brands which typically have chemicals and mystery “flavors” added, this brand is the real deal. It is literally nothing but smoke-infused water, with no additives of any kind. One sniff and you’ll be blown away. Really, really, really! I promise, there is no comparison. Get yourself a bottle and take your barbeque to the next level!
Sticking to tradition, I paired the BBQ tempeh with my Cilantro Lime Slaw. Sometimes there’s not much that can beat a BBQ sandwich topped with slaw, especially this one! The lime and cilantro flavors really stand out the with the BBQ sauce. However, if coleslaw isn’t your thing, try topping with the old-fashioned lettuce, tomato & pickle combo or homemade potato salad.
More Plant-based Ways to Enjoy Your Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce…
Tempeh Sandwiches– obviously
Sloppy Joes– use crumbled tempeh or lentils mixed with the BBQ sauce
Baked Beans – add a cup or two to your favorite baked bean recipe.
Veggie Burgers – add sauce to your favorite veg burger and grill or fry or bake it.
Portobello Burgers– use the same idea as the veg burger idea.
Jackfruit(pictured below) – heat jackfruit in a skillet, add a cup or more of sauce and let it warm through. A more in-depth recipe for BBQ Jackfruit may be coming soon!
I’m certain this recipe will quickly become a favored summer dish you’ll make over and over again. If you decide to recreate this or put your own spin on it, remember to tag #yogitrition. I don’t want to miss out! Here’s to a fantastic summer and many more barbecues!
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