Sunday, August 17, 2008

Smoked Tofu

I tried my hand at smoked tofu once before, but the results weren't as good as I would have liked. This time I changed the method to allow for a longer smoking time and a better flavour.

INGREDIENTS
- 1 pkg firm tofu, cut into 8 slices
- 3 tbsp HP or A1 steak sauce
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- few drops sesame oil
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp water
- 4 cups (or so) smoking wood chips
METHOD
1. Soak wood chips in water for 30 mins. While chips are smoking, mix ingredients together and marinate tofu.
2. Drain wood chips and wrap in a rectangular foil package. Poke a bunch of holes in the top with a knife. Go crazy--you want that smoke to get out of the package. Remove the grill from one half of the BBQ and place foil package on the coals. Replace grill and light BBQ on the side with the foil package and heat on high until package begins to smoke. Reduce heat to med-lo.
3. Place tofu on the unlit side of the BBQ as far from the heat as possible. Close lid and cook/smoke for about 40 mins, turning the tofu once halfway through. Tofu should be a nice golden brown when done.
4. Serve with a nice BBQ sauce.

20 comments:

trina said...

That looks perfect!

shelby said...

How do you get your tofu so perfect? I always end up tearing mine or ripping a portion off =/

chow vegan said...

That looks so amazing! I've been meaning to try making smoke tofu but I only got a small indoor smoker. I'm curious to know what kind of wood chips did you use?

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Mmmm... smoked tofu, huh? So do you have a gas grill? Trying to translate to our behemoth briquet-burning grill... I think these would be SOoooooooo amazing!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Mmmm! Now that is some good ol' fashioned southern cooking...vegan style! Looks delicious!

Nikki Douglas said...

This looks so good - I buy it in the store but it makes sense to do it like this if you can. Wonderful.

Vegan Dad said...

shelby,
A chef's best tool is a very sharp knife.

chow vegan,
This time 'round I bought mesquite chips--picked them up at the local grocery store.

vegan bunny said...

ummm i just found this out too but A1 is not vegan. it ha worcestershire sauce in it.

Vegan Dad said...

According to the website, the ingredients are: TOMATO PUREE (WATER, TOMATO PASTE), DISTILLED VINEGAR, CORN SYRUP, SALT, RAISIN PASTE, CRUSHED ORANGE PUREE, SPICES AND HERBS, DRIED GARLIC AND ONION, CARAMEL COLOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE (TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS), XANTHAN GUM. (http://www.kraftfoods.com/a1/products)

That is the U.S. website. I can't find any ingredient info on the Canadian site.

Janet said...

I love smoked tofu, but don't buy it very often because it's quite pricey for a small block. Your homemade version looks so easy, I would love to give it a try. Thanks for the great idea!

christine said...

Shelby: Try freezing the tofu for about 24 hours, then thaw it in your fridge for another 24 hours. I know its a long time to wait but it makes tofu really firm, when you squeez or press the tofu, a ton of water comes out and it doesn't break and it soaks up a lot more flavor.

I have a question about grilling. I use wood-based charcoals, is that the same as the wood chips your talking about?

Vegan Dad said...

christine,
No. Smoking chips are not charcoal, they are chunks of dried wood that burn/smoke.

jenny said...

That looks amazing, you make it look so easy to smoke your own tofu!

loveisthenewpunk said...

That looks delicious! Is there any way to smoke tofu indoors for the college apartment bound?

Vegan Dad said...

loveisthenewpunk,
I see Chow Vegan mentioned a "small indoor smoker" in the commment above. I have never seen/used such a device, but they obviously exist.

in2insight said...

RE: The HP or A1 sauce -
Vegan or not, they are clearly not organic and have "funny" ing. in them...

So, I know you shared this before, but what is a good substitute for these?

Cheers!

Vegan Dad said...

in2insight,
Use your favourite BBQ sauce, or some vegan worchestershire sauce, or both. You just want to give the marinade a little flavour.

Vegan Dad said...

tofu mom,
yes, I have a gas grill. If you had a large enough charcoal grill you could make this method work.

in2insight said...

These turned out GREAT!

We have an extra large gas grill, so next time, will put the tofu a bit closer to the wood chips (They were on opposite ends this time)

The vegan Worcestershire worked well in place of the HP.

Chairman Me said...

Looks interesting. Personally, I'm a devoted carnivore, but I still love tofu--and barbecue--and I'm having a cookout this weekend at which some guests will be veggies. I'm gonna try your marinade, but I'm also going to deep fry the tofu first, as fat takes smoke very well. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks.