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Barbecue Tempeh

What you need: 

1 pot of water
2 packets of three grain tempeh
2 tablespoons oil
1 onion chopped
1 clove of garlic
1/3 of a can of tomato paste
2 tablespoons apple juice
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 teaspoons coriander

What you do: 

I wanted a great barbecue tempeh recipe, so combined some vegan and non-vegan ones I had on hand, then asked friends to taste and re-taste while adding a pinch of this and a splash of that. What you end up with is some great tasting sauce and a hearty tempeh entree!
1. Bring about an inch of water to boil. While waiting, cut each packet of tempeh in half so you have 4 patties, then steam the patties for 10 minutes.
2. While that's going, heat the oil in a saute pan and chop the onion.
3. Saute the onion on medium heat for three minutes. While that's cooking, mince the garlic and then add it to the onions. Cook for another three minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat, but don't clean the pan.
4. In a blender or food processor, blend the onion/garlic mixture with one third of a can of tomato paste (about 2 tablespoons), the apple juice, molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce, coriander, 1/4 cup water.
5. Pour the sauce back into the pan and simmer over low heat for about 5 minute until it starts to thicken up.
6. Place the tempeh patties into the sauce, spoon some of the sauce on top so they're completely covered and cook for 5 minutes.
7. Flip the patties over and repeat.
Note: If your pan only has room for 1 or two patties at a time, you can keep the cooked ones in a casserole dish in a warm oven with a spoonful of sauce on top while you're cooking the other ones.
Another note: if the sauce starts to get too thick or burn on the bottom of the pan, add a splash of apple juice.
8. Spoon the remaining sauce on top of the patties and serve with something green and a nice sweet potato.

Preparation Time: 
55 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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The BBQ sauce was very good. I think next time I'll double the sauce recipe for dipping as well. I used clancy's fancy hot sauce and a little extra garlic and onion.


I haven't found a better homemade barbecue sauce than this one! It's sweet, spicy, tangy, and goes perfectly on the tempeh. I didn't have hot sauce, so I substituted with cayenne pepper. Served it with collard greens and potatoes, and completed it with a glass of sweet tea for a good ol' southern-style meal.  ;)b


Hmm..I bet baked beans would be good. Rooty toot toot as Cam would say  ::)

Anyway, maybe my molasses wasn't as sweet as your guys' is - I used blackstrap organic. Not sure of the brand...I mean, I *do* have a bit of sweet tooth, but don't all vegans?


This sauce was REALLY sweet! And it was overwhelmingly strong in molasses to me. I used it on tofu, not tempeh, which might make a difference too, it might be better suited to the tangyness of tempeh.
I also used the liquid smoke, which it needed.

This mix reminds me of what i would put into baked beans to "doctor" it up...i bet it would be good in them!


;)b  Good Stuff!!!

I omitted the brown sugar and it was still sweet enough for my tastes.  I also added 2 drops of liquid smoke and baked the tempeh in the sauce for about 20 minutes.

Liquid smoke! That's what it needed - that would definitely make it perfect! You could probably cut down on the soy sauce.

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