Summer is here and the grills are lit … in the truest sense of the word. For those who don’t eat meat but love the grilled, smoky taste, this summer, after reading this recipe, you can add tofu to your grill.
I have been eating meatless for more than 10 years, so I know my way around tofu. For vegan grilling, I have two main recommendations: Use extra firm tofu and always freeze it.
Freezing tofu is the second most important part of cooking tofu. After thawing, it not only gets a texture similar to that of a chicken nugget, but it can also absorb a lot of flavor better.The most important part of cooking tofu is draining it; You want to get it as dry as possible. The more liquid the tofu contains, the less flavor it can absorb.
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To drain tofu, you can either use a tofu press to squeeze out the liquid, or wrap the tofu in a thin cloth, then place it on a plate and use a pan (preferably a cast iron for weight) and place a can in the pan, so that the weight can push the water out.
Now that we’ve covered the basic preparations, let’s move on to cooking.
Here’s what you need:
1 pack of extra firm tofu
Ground cayenne pepper
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A sugar-free barbecue sauce of your choice (I chose Sweet Baby Rays Original Sugar-Free Sauce)
How to make vegan BBQ
1. Take your tofu out of the box and place it in a container with a lid or Ziploc bag and place it in the freezer overnight.
2. Remove the tofu from the freezer to thaw. You can either defrost in the microwave and then drain if you’re in a hurry, or you can just add the frozen tofu to your tofu press or under a pan in the alternative method listed above if you have more time.
3. Once the tofu has drained and pressed, cut it into slices to the desired thickness.
4. In a medium bowl, mix the olive oil, liquid smoke, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and ground red paprika cayenne. I never use measuring spoons when cooking, only when baking. I recommend going easy on the salt, no more than two shakes of the ground cayenne pepper and the rest depending on the taste. Make sure there is enough mixture to coat your tofu with. If you don’t want it to be entirely sugar-free, add a teaspoon of brown sugar.
5. Once you’ve made your mixture, spread it over both sides of your tofu slices and place the pieces on your grill. I use an electric grill because I live in an apartment.
6. Grill for about three to five minutes on each side.
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7. Brush the slices with a barbecue sauce of your choice, then turn them over and let them cook for an additional three minutes. Repeat on the other side.
8. Spread some extra barbecue sauce on top if it appears dry and serve.
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