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Our favorite barbecue recipes focus on the smoky, sweet, and tangy flavors of a good rub or sauce. Apply those qualities to jackfruit, seitan, tofu, mushrooms, or tempeh and you have yourself the basis for a truly succulent meal. We’ve come up with plenty of variations over the years, from quick-and-easy fixes with store-bought sauces to more complex dishes. These barbecue recipes for vegetarians pay respects to the history and heritage of barbecue culture, while being entirely plant-based.
Pulled “Pork” BBQ Sandwiches – Vegetarian Times The sauce in these sandwiches may taste like an old family recipe that has been simmered for days, but the simple ingredients and short cooking time make it easy.
BBQ Mushroom Sliders – Vegetarian Times Pimento cheese, a Southern favorite, tops these sandwiches – and can easily be made with vegan subs.
Korean BBQ Marinade – Vegetarian Times Inspired by the soy-based marinade used on Korean bulgogi, we love this marinade on tempeh, seitan, or tofu.
BBQ Tofu-Bean-Cornbread Stacks – Vegetarian Times This layered, cowboy-style entree has a bed of cornbread, then a barbecue tofu steak, and a smothering of barbecue baked beans.
Barbecue Baked Beans – Vegetarian Times Plug in the slow cooker for this pot of baked beans, imbued with smoky, sweet, rich flavor.
Tofu Kabobs with Cherry Barbecue Sauce – Vegetarian Times Cherry preserves and cider vinegar are the secret ingredients in this sweet-tart sauce.