Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vegan Southern BBQ

Forbes and I had a festive evening last night.  While we missed our fellowship group, we enjoyed some much needed time together.  Our Christmas cards are now ready to send out, our Gingerbread House is all decorated, and we even had time for a long nap, a long walk and a home made meal!

Vegan Southern BBQ Sliders
makes 8 (serves 4)

Since our trip to Raleigh this fall, I have been wanting to recreate a BBQ sandwich at home.  The flavors in southern BBQ are my favorite!  Sweet and tangy!  The texture of the crunchy slaw and chewy "meat" on top a whole wheat bun is a savory combination.  Finally last night we had all the ingredients on hand, and the time to make it happen!  This recipe is fairly simple and if crunched for time just use store bought slaw and BBQ sauce and you will have dinner ready in no time!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes


For the "meat"
  • 2 packages seitan strips
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sgar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

For the slaw
  • 1/2 head of cabbage
  • 6-8 radishes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 8 mini whole wheat buns

Start by preparing your BBQ sauce.  It will take the most time to cook.  Whisk together all ingredients in medium sauce pan and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.  Sauce will likely remain thin in the true style of Southern BBQ.

Shred cabbage, radishes and onions.  I used my food processor shredding blade to achieve this, you can also use a grater, or purchase prepared cabbage.  In a small sauce pan, heat vinegar to boiling.  Stir in sugar and whisk until completely dissolved.  Stir sauce into vegetables and chill until ready to serve.

Using the chopping blade of a food processor, or a knife, chop the seitan strips into small pieces to resemble pulled pork.  In a small saute pan, spray with non stick spray and heat over medium.  Add seitan and salt and pepper to taste and cook until heated through, 5 minutes.  Stir in 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce and continue to cook a few more minutes until ready to serve.

To assemble, stack 1/8 of the "meat" on each of the buns, approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup of seitan.  Spoon on slaw and additional BBQ sauce if desired.  Top with bun and serve.  This recipe will make extra BBQ sauce and slaw.

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