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Dr. Pepper BBQ Seitan

What you need: 

1 cup vital wheat gluten
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
2 1/2 teaspoons onion powder, divided
2 teaspoon hot sauce (I like Tabasco)
3/4 cup vegetarian chicken broth (I like Imagine brand)
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 cups Dr. Pepper soda
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
sprinkle sesame seeds, optional

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a cookie sheet, or line with parchment. Combine gluten, 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder, hot sauce, broth, and peanut butter in a bowl.
2. Knead mixture for about 3 minutes to form a soft dough. It should be very slightly sticky and quite elastic. Press dough evenly on prepared cookie sheet. Shape however you like (I like free form nuggets, but you can cut strips, or fillets, whatever).
3. Transfer to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the rest of the ingredients (except sesame seeds, don't forget the remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and onion powder) in a blender and process until smooth.
4. After 20 minutes, remove seitan from oven, and lightly spread with the sauce. Flip over and lightly spread the other side, too.
5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired. Put back in oven and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Serve with plenty of sauce drizzled over it!
Source of recipe: Texas is famous for a lot of things. Dr. Pepper is one of them. This sauce is a favorite of mine, and every self respecting Texan should know how to make it. I wish I knew who to credit for it, but I think it's just one of those things you know how to make if you're Texan. Like queso or green sauce or frito pie. The seitan part of the recipe was adapted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking.

Preparation Time: 
about 15 minutes, Cooking time: about 35 minutes
Cooking Time: 
about 35 minutes
Recipe Category: 


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Mara, if you're going to say something like "Dr. Pepper isn't vegetarian", you need to tell us why and possibly provide proof.


I made this for my boyfriend, and he really, relaly loved it.  It also makes a lot of sauce, so you can do the seitan probably twice and use leftover sauce.


Dr. Pepper isn't vegetarian.


yummmmmmm. My husband won't eat seitan (or tofu, or any faux meat for that matter), but he used the leftover sauce on his meat loaf and was totally in love!


Can you get Mr. Pibb where you are?  I don't drink either one of them, but the restaurant where I work sells Pibb, and my customers tell me that Pibb and Pepper taste just about the same.  Dr. Pepper is a Pepsi product and Mr. Pibb is a Coke product.  Good luck.


This stuff tastes INCREDIBLE!! The peanut butter in the seitan gives it a really good depth of flavor, and the sauce compliments it very well. We ended up putting the extra sauce on everything we had for dinner last night. LOL
After glazing the pieces and baking them for the remaining time, there were caramelized bits of sauce in the corners of the pan that reminded me of the ribs my dad used to make. Yum! The only thing I will change next time I make these (SOON!!) is to cut back by about half on the amount of oil in the sauce - I definitely get why there needs to be SOME oil, but after sitting for a while it looked like an oil slick on top of the bowl.  :o


You could do some Coke with almond extract. I think that almond extract tastes like that fake cherry taste and kind of Dr. Pepper-y.

Totally tastes like prune juice.  I love it!

This is exactly what I was thinking.

Some say Dr. Pepper tastes like carbonated prune juice. Perhaps you could just use that! :D



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