Grilled BBQ Seitan Ribz

Grilled BBQ Seitan Ribz

We have just gotten into the Spring season but in the South it is already getting to be very warm. People are heading outside on the weekend to grill, have picnics and get-togethers. As much effort that people make to purchase the right smoker or grill and marinate and cook meats for hours, making this recipe can show your vegan friends that you love them too instead of throwing some tofu dogs on the grill and calling it a day. They’ll not know that you didn’t slave all day on it, only that it looks like you did.

Grilled BBQ Seitan Ribz

1 cup baked beans, undrained in their own sauce
2 tbsp sunflower oil
3/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp smoked paprika or chipotle powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Cajun spice

BBQ Sauce

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp chipotle powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or 1 tbspn chopped fresh garlic)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. To make whole-wheat bread crumbs, if you don’t have them already, place two slices of whole wheat bread slices in a food processor with a chopper blade. Process until they are crumbs and measure out amount needed for this recipe.

3. Put 4 cloves of garlic in food processor with bread crumb slices and chop until pieces are tiny. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl.

4. To the empty food processor, add the baked beans with sunflower oil and process until smooth. Turn this mixture out into the large mixing bowl and add all of the other ingredients and mix well. Turn mixture out onto a large cutting board or a clean, smooth surface and knead dough for a few minutes until you notice gluten strings forming. It helps to use a dough cutter with a roll handle to manage the sticky dough. Clean your hands several times if the dough still sticks to your hands.

5. Roll the dough out to a 6 1/2″ to 10″ rectangle.

6. In a 6 1/2″ x 10″ shallow baking pan lay the dough cutter arched downward (convexly) at the 3/4 length of it and spray with canola oil or brush with sunflower oil. Lay your dough over this surface, around the dough cutter. The purpose is to shape it like ribs. Next, cut the longest length of the dough into 6 equal pieces.

7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

8. While your ribs are baking prepare the barbecue sauce. Mix all ingredients well in a medium mixing bowl or food processor.

9. Coat grill surface with oil and set the heat to high.

10. Brush the top of the ribs with the prepared barbecue sauce and flip out onto the grill.

11. Brush the underside of the ribs with more barbecue sauce and cook for about 10 minutes on each side, applying more sauce as necessary.

Seitan Ribz shaped and rolled around pastry cutter
BBQ Sauce (see recipe above)
Ribz baked and ready for the grill

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