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Vegan pulled pork in mini cast iron skillet.
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5 from 9 votes

Vegan pulled pork

Barbecued Soy Curls make a fabulous vegan pulled pork. Cooked in the air fryer or skillet, they are right at home in a BBQ bowl with potato salad and collard greens.
To make this a gluten-free entree, be sure to use gluten-free bouillon and barbecue sauce.
Prep Time13 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: air fryer, barbecue, southern
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson



  • Soak Soy Curls in water water & bouillon in a bowl for 10 minutes. Drain them in mesh sieve, squeezing out all excess water.
  • Move them to a bowl, and physically pull apart the hydrated Curls into shreds, like shredding string cheese.
  • TO COOK IN AN AIR FRYER: Air fry the Soy Curls for 3 minutes at 400 degrees.
    Remove them from air fryer, move them back to the bowl, toss in ¼ cup of BBQ sauce, and stir them. Make sure all of the curls gets evenly coated.
    Return to air fryer. Air fry 5 minutes at 400 degrees, stopping twice to shake pan.
  • TO COOK IN A SKILLET: Bring skillet to a medium heat with ½ teaspoon oil. Add the hydrated & squeezed Soy Curls to the pan, and fry for 3 minutes, until they are dry and slightly crisp.
    Remove them from skillet and move them back to the bowl. Toss them with ¼ cup of barbecue sauce, making sure each Curl gets evenly coated.
    Put the remaining ½ teaspoon oil in skillet, and cook the Curls for 4 minutes longer. Don't move them too much, so that they can get some nice dark marks on them.
  • If you like saucier Soy Curls, drizzle more barbecue sauce onto them when serving.
    Serve with vegan potato salad, collard greens, and/or non-dairy mac and cheese.


*Instead of Better Than Bouillon, you can also use a pinch of a bouillon cube or replace the water with broth instead. If you don't have any of the above, plain water is fine.
These BBQ Curls get optimum crispiness & browning when not overcrowded in a skillet or air fryer. So if you want to double this recipe, you may need to cook in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer or skillet.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 552mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 2.4mg