Sunday, June 7, 2009

Memphis BBQ Tofu

The quest to redefine BBQ continues! When I posted my ultimate BBQ tofu recipe, Justin suggested that I also try using a dry rub a la southern BBQ. Tonight I took him up on the offer and I am glad I did. This tofu is absolutely bursting with flavour and was enjoyed by young and old. I will leave it to Justin and my friend John P. to school me in the ways of Memphis BBQ and tell me if I got it right.

Dry Rub
- 4 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp seasoned salt
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- cayenne pepper to taste

BBQ Sauce
- 1 recipe sweet and sticky BBQ sauce, replacing the water with 1/4 apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup Jack Daniels (I also strained the onions out before BBQing)

- 1 pkg extra firm tofu, cut in 8 slices

1. Combine ingredients for dry rub (it will make about 2x more than you need, so store the rest for next time). Rub all sides of the tofu with about half of the mixture and let sit for at least 30 mins.
2. Heat half of the grill to high heat. Oil the grill and grill tofu for a few mins per side to get some nice grill marks and to make the outside golden and crispy.
3. Move tofu to the other side of the grill (i.e. the one that is off) and spoon thick layer of BBQ sauce over top. Close the top and cook for 5 mins. Flip tofu over and repeat. You can serve it now, or you can sauce it again.


HayMarket8 said...

All of your pictures look perfect!

Nicole ( said...

Bobby Flay's bbq throwdown was on last night and I've been craving it ever since!

Mary said...

Mmmm! When you say rub, do you mean just smoosh the seasoning in with your fingers? Is there any special technique?

Trish said...

I think this may be dinner!! THX

Mel Spillman artwork said...

Yummy! I am a Memphian and I approve!!!!
Love your blog.

Millie said...

I have been a vegan for 4 years and I love your blog. My vegan blog is:

I also have your blog listed on my blog. Thanks for the bbq tofu. I'll make it tomorrow.

Tania said...

can any time of alcohol be substituted for the Jack Daniels', like wine or something? can't wait to try this out!

rosie said...

Vegan Dad,
I love your blog!I used to love my mom's rib recipe. She would use a rub, bake the ribs then apply a sauce and broil them, then add more sauce. Could this recipe be veganized using your Memphis BBQ Tofu as a guideline?

jrsimon56 said...

Out of all bloggers, I think I've tried your recipes the most...I muuuust make this one!

Yvette said...

I love to BBQ tempeh, it's firmer than tofu and takes to marinade and sauce very well. I'd love to try Memphis BBQ Tempeh!

Nina said...

I've recently crossed over to the vegan side (after having been a vegetarian for quite some time) and I can honestly say that you're recipes are fantastic!! They are easy, tasty and fun to make. Keep them coming!!!

Becky said...

I am a very recent vegan convert and this was my first tofu experience and this recipe is amazing!!! I cooked it for my carnivorious family, and 3 out of 4 family memebers loved it! Thanks for the best taking bbq sauce around! Yum! Will be making again!

Vegan Dad said...

Just sprinkle some of the rub over the tofu and rub in with your fingers.

Dazy said...

I'm planning to make this tomorrow. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

c8ic8 said...

This was even better than the Maple Balsamic BBQ Tofu! We froze our tofu in advance to give it a tough, spongy texture, and it worked very well.

Any recommendations on what to do with the leftover onions from the sauce? We're thinking of grilling the onions and leftover tofu and using them for a sloppy, BBQ sandwich.

This was so tasty and wonderful! Thanks!

Ashley said...

Hello :)

I was wondering if you had any sort of nutritional information for this recipie.

I want to make this for my boyfriend to try to introduce him to vegan cuisine since he professed his love for tofu (lol), but he is type 1 diabetic.

If you know at all how many carbohydrates there are per serving, that would be fantastic. Even if it is a rough estimate like within 10 grams or so that would be a big help because he can have a bit of correction.

Thanks :)

Vegan Dad said...

I really have no idea. I don't have any kind of program to figure this kind of thing out.

arronbond said...

There are many interesting bbq recipes for vegetarian. Vegetarian BBQ recipes can go with a mixture of sauces including mint and mustard sauce with create a delicate and unique flavor.

Vegetarian bbq recipes

Hilary said...

I just tried this, using the spice rub with some bbq sauce we already had. I wanted to comment because I did an "indoor" version and it was still great! After doing the rub, I pan fried (with a little oil to prevent the rub from sticking), then baked in a 400 degree oven. Delicious!

Hilary said...

Hi! I just tried this and wanted to comment because I did an "indoor" version (it's snowing out!) After doing the rub, I pan fried it, using a little oil to prevent the rub from sticking, then baked it in a 400 degree oven for about 10 min. Delicious!