Vegan BBQ Tempeh

Vegan BBQ Tempeh

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 1
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 220.4
  • Total Fat: 10.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 683.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 19.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 15.6 g

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Serve on whole-wheat buns with plenty of veggies, and you'll have a BBQ meal that even a meat lover will crave again and again. Serve on whole-wheat buns with plenty of veggies, and you'll have a BBQ meal that even a meat lover will crave again and again.
Number of Servings: 1


    8 oz tempeh

    1 small onion

    1 cup BBQ sauce

    Tempeh is made from soybeans that have first been soaked, hulled and partially cooked. An acidic liquid like vinegar is added to create an environment that a certain kind of fungus likes, then a fermentation starter is added. The beans ferment in a warm area for about a day and a half. The beans are bound together, and you're left with a block of protein that's ready to be broiled, baked or steamed.

    The fermentation helps break down the oligosaccharides, which are the sugars that can cause gas. The protein becomes more digestible after fermentation, too.

    When crumbled or grated, tempeh has the texture of ground meat. Try it in tacos, spaghetti sauce or chili. It has a slightly sour, nutty flavor that pairs well with big, strong flavors like curry, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and teriyaki sauce.


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1.) Cut block of tempeh into 3 strips and dice onion. Place onion and tempeh in shallow baking dish with BBQ sauce. Place in refrigerator and allow tempeh to marinate for several hours.

2.) Cover with foil and bake in 350 F oven for 30 minutes.

Makes 3 servings (approx 3 ounces each.)

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
    You need to be careful about your choices of barbecue sauce. Some of them use natural flavorings from animals which would make this recipe non-vegan. - 3/9/12

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    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This is a great base recipe for so many meals! I crumbled the tempeh, sauteed with the onion, a stalk of celery, seasoned with soy sauce and then simmered in the BBQ sauce for a yum-yum-yum sloppy joe filling. - 5/3/07

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    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I cut the tempeh thinner because I prefer it that way. This was really really good. I served it on kaiser rolls with a vinegar based coleslaw right on the bun for some "down home" bbq. Hah! Tempeh is a great grain product to work with. I also made my own bbq sauce so the sodium was probably lower. - 3/19/07

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Tempe is found in grocery stores that have organic refrigerated food area, usually found in produce area. it has different texture than tofu, is usually found in same general area as refrigerated tofu in stores. is important to check the date on it, fresher is better. is wonderful meat substitute. - 3/9/12

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    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I tried this very same recipe from Trader Joes and I have to admit I was not fond of it. It may have been just the barbeque sauce or the texture I'm not sure. But I just don't care for tempeh. - 4/26/09