Easy Vegan BBQ Ribs Recipe

These vegan BBQ Ribs are a must-make, absolutely delicious, blow-your-mind vegan barbecue recipe that you will want to make on repeat. Loaded with real meaty textures, sweet, smoky, and utterly tasty sticky BBQ sauce it doesn’t get much more summery than this. Toss it on the grill and get ready to dig into a vegan BBQ feast.

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Just wait until you try this mouthwatering Vegan BBQ Ribs recipe with Sticky Tamarind Sauce. It’s so good! Imagine sweet, smoky, and wonderfully sticky BBQ sauce made with meaty seitan. In this recipe, I make my seitan, but alternatively, you can just buy seitan if you’re looking for a little cheeky shortcut, and just use the BBQ sauce to create these magnificent ribs.

The best vegan meat substitute for barbecuing 

These sticky Plant-based BBQ ribs are one of the best vegan meat substitutes for meat lovers. They have that classic meaty texture but they’re all vegan. Plus, they’re bathed in a deliciously sticky tamarind bbq sauce that’s so good it can make the angels sing in foodie heaven. 

8 reasons you need to make these vegan barbecue ribs

  • They’re luxe, meaty, and utterly delicious 
  • Might be one of the best vegan BBQ recipes ever 
  • A total crowd-pleaser that has everyone coming back for seconds and thirds
  • The best Sticky tamarind barbecue sauce 
  • A vegan recipe that’s so good even meat lovers don’t miss meat
  • Meal prep friendly 
  • Totally vegan and totally delicious 
  • Amazing recipe for summer parties and barbecues

Let’s get to the good stuff.

What to serve at a vegan barbecue 

What ingredients do you need to make vegan ribs?

Making vegan ribs is a lot simpler and a lot tastier than you might think.

Ingredients For the Seitan

  • 4 tbsp Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 3 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • Two tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ cup Chickpea Flour
  • 1½ cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1½ Vital Wheat Gluten plus 2 Tablespoons

Ingredients For the BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Sauce
  • ½ cup Hoisin Sauce
  • ¼ cup Sweet and Sour Chili Sauce
  • 2 tsp Minced Ginger Root
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce (vegan)
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

How to make vegan seitan ribs

  • Heat the oven to 350F. Place peanut butter, smoked paprika, tomato paste, soy sauce, nutritional yeast, and chickpea flour in a bowl and mix. Pour in the hot vegetable broth and stir together until everything is blended. Pour in the Vital Wheat gluten and mix until it forms a dough. 
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes to activate the gluten. Next, line a 9×11 inch pan with aluminum foil and leave extra aluminum to use to fold over and cover the dough. Lightly oil the foil and pour the dough into the pan. Press the dough out evenly and score them with a knife, cutting halfway through. 
  • Cover the ribs with the extra foil and bake them for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven. Now your “ribs” are ready for the BBQ. Mix all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce together, and coat the “Ribs” on both sides before grilling. Grill the “ribs” until they are wonderfully sticky and serve hot.
  • Enjoy 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use store-bought BBQ sauce in this recipe?

Yes. You can use any type of BBQ sauce you prefer. There are no rules here. It’s all about easy tasty food.

Are vegan ribs freezer friendly?

Yes. You can easily make these vegan ribs in advance and freeze them for later.

Can I make these vegan ribs in the oven?

Absolutely. If you don’t have a grill you can easily cook these ribs in the oven. Simply cook the ribs in the oven at 450F for 25-30 minutes or until the ribs are golden brown and to your liking.

Vegan BBQ Ribs

Just wait until you try this mouthwatering Vegan BBQ Ribs recipe with Sticky Tamarind Sauce. It's so good! Imagine sweet, smoky and wonderfully sticky BBQ sauce made with meaty seitan. In this recipe I make my own seitan, but alternatively you can just buy seitan if you're looking for a little cheeky shortcut, and just use the BBQ sauce to create these magnificent ribs.
Course Barbeque, Vegan Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword barbeque, vegan dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Author Simone

Ingredients

For the Seitan

  • 4 tbsp Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 3 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ cup Chickpea Flour
  • cup Vegetable Broth
  • Vital Wheat Gluten plus 2 Tablespoons

For the BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Sauce
  • ½ cup Hoisin Sauce
  • ¼ cup Sweet and Sour Chili Sauce
  • 2 tsp Minced Ginger Root
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce (vegan)
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350F.
    Place peanut butter, smoked paprika, tomato paste, soy sauce, nutritional yeast and chickpea flour in a bowll and mix together. Pour in the hot vegetable broth and stir together until everything is blended.
    Pour in the Vital Wheat gluten and mix together until it forms a dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes to really activate the gluten.
    Next, line a 9×11 inch pan with aluminium foil and leave extra aluminium to use to fold over and cover the dough.
    Lightly oil the foil and pour the dough into the pan. Press the dough out evenly and score them with a knife, cutting half way through.
    Cover the ribs with the extra foil and bake them for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven.
    Now your "ribs" are ready for the BBQ.
    Mix all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce together, and coat the "Ribs" on both sides before grilling. Grill the "ribs" until they are wonderfully sticky and serve hot.
    Enjoy.

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