This 30 second vegan barbecue sauce is made from just 6 ingredients. You probably have all of them in your refrigerator now.
There are two things that I have to order if they have them on the menu at a vegan restaurant.
The first is a reuben. That tangy sauerkraut on top of seitan, tempeh, or tofu slathered in dressing and sandwiched between two slices of rye gets me every single time.
The other is a barbecue or soul bowl.
The flavors always play so nice together. Sweet and smoky barbecue sauce combining with creamy vegan mac & cheese or vegan potato salad, slow cooked easy collard greens. And then a side of black eyed peas, vegan BBQ Soy Curls (shown below), or sticky seitan.
I don’t need to look any further at the menu. My choice is clear.
The last time that I got just such a bowl, I wondered afterwards why I never make that kind of thing at home. Sure, I make vegan collard greens or kale almost daily, but the other things don’t get much action.
The main reason is that for a meal with so many elements, it’s the kind of thing I’d make for dinner. However, David isn’t into barbecue sauce or mac and cheese.
It’s like that Flight of the Conchords song “I’m Not Crying” that’s all about a break-up. Brett sings, “I’m making a lasagna… for one.”
There are some things that people just don’t make all for themselves.
But this week while having a cup of chamomile before bed, my mind started wandering to mac and cheese. I couldn’t think of anything else.
And as soon as I could get in front of the stove the next day I pulled out Isa’s Mac & Shews recipe.
I’ve had that one on my radar for the longest time. I mean, the secret ingredient for its umami undertones is sauerkraut! Could anything be more up my alley?
It took some dividing, but I made a quarter of the recipe – enough to last for 3 soul bowls (or in this case plates).
Quick tip on dividing recipes
If you’re an iPhone user, did you know that Siri can tell you things like, “What’s a quarter of 1/3 cup?” It’s so useful when dividing a recipe by a significant amount!
Not only does she tell you that it’s literally 0.0833 cups, which is admittedly less useful, the phone also gives a full conversion scale with what the amount is in fluid ounces or tablespoons and teaspoons. Answer: 4 teaspoons.
Then it was time to make barbecued tofu to go with it.
Like I said, David isn’t into barbecue sauce, and so I always have a hard time finishing a bottle before I see it in the refrigerator and start wondering, “Now… just how long has this been in here?”
So instead I’ve been making a 30 Second Vegan Barbecue Sauce… for One.
It’s made from just 6 ingredients that are always in my kitchen and that you likely already have on hand too – ketchup, apple cider vinegar, stone-ground mustard, liquid smoke, and a pinch of salt.
(The kind of ketchup in my refrigerator now is Woodstock Organic Ketchup. Keep in mind that brands vary in terms of sweetness. For my tastes, this barbecue sauce is plenty sweet, but if you prefer a sweeter sauce, I bet a bit of brown sugar would do the trick.)
I’ve made vegan barbecue sauce from scratch several times. But for something quick and delicious when you need BBQ sauce now or don’t want to commit yourself to a full bottle, this is a great way to go.
I brought a lightly oiled grill pan to a medium-high heat and grilled two 1/2 inch slices of super firm tofu. After one side easily released from the grill pan, letting me know it was ready, I flipped it and slathered on some barbecue sauce.
When the other side had some good grill marks, I flipped the tofu again, and slathered on more sauce. Then it was ready to serve with extra sauce for dipping.
On warm summer days, of course, this could be done on the outdoor grill instead.
(If you’re using an indoor cast iron grill pan, you’ll want to make sure you clean it right away since the acidic tomato sauce isn’t good for the coating.)
This bowl so put me in my happy place.
With barbecued tofu, sauerkraut, collard greens, garlic, cashews, coconut bacon, and nutritional yeast, it’s like all of my favorite foods having a party… for one.
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