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Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

These ribs are indulgent, delicious and will satisfy any BBQ cravings you may get. Serve them with some mashed potatoes and cole slaw or your favorite BBQ fixin’s. They make a great appetizer or entree.

Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan


For the spice rub

  • 1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar
  • 2 Tbs. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbs. Kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced

For the Balsamic BBQ Sauce

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced

For the Seitan Ribs

  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 3 Tbs. Mexican chile powder
  • 3 Tbs. dried onion powder
  • 3 Tbs. dried garlic powder
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. liquid smoke


  1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the spice rub. Mix well and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, ketchup, red onion, garlic and chile. Stir and let simmer, uncovered, for about an hour. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook for 15 more minutes until the sauce thickens. Stir it often. If it seems too thick, add some water.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the seitan and mix well. In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Knead the dough lightly until everything is combined and the dough feels elastic.
  4. Grease or spray a baking dish. Add the dough to the baking dish, flattening it and stretching it out to fit the dish. Cut the dough into 8 strips and then in half to make 16 thick ribs. (Note: if you want the ribs thin, this is enough dough to fill 2 baking sheets. If you want them thick, it is enough for one).
  5. Top the dough with the spice rub and massage it in a bit. Bake the seitan for 40 to 60 minutes or until the seitan has a sturdy texture to it (thinner ribs will cook faster). Remove the dish from the oven. Recut the strips and carefully remove them from the baking dish.
  6. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Slather the ribs with BBQ sauce and lay them on a baking sheet. Put the ribs back in the oven for just about 10 minutes so the sauce can get a bit charred. Alternatively, you can cook the sauce-covered ribs on a grill or in a grill pan.

For the Tempeh Ribs

  1. Slice a package of tempeh into 6 or 8 rectangles, depending how wide you want the “ribs” to be. If you want them to be thinner, slice the tempeh in half like a bagel first. I like my tempeh thin so I do this extra cut all the time. Steam the tempeh for 15 minutes until it softens a bit.
  2. Coat the tempeh with the spice rub. Cook the tempeh ribs in the oven or in a skillet until browned on both sides. This should take about 8 minutes per side. Brush the BBQ sauce on the tempeh and cook for another few minutes until slightly charred.


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When Rhea became vegan, there were no places in her neighborhood to eat so she had to learn to cook.  That led to the creation of The "V" Word blog which focuses on vegan versions of favorite, familiar foods. Because if you can have the foods you love, the foods you crave, the foods you grew up with, all in a compassionate, cruelty-free way, why wouldn't you?  Rhea is also a college professor specializing in child and forensic psychology. She shares her life with a rescued Westie mix named Benoni and a rescued husband named Tom. It is Rhea's hope that she can spread the "V" Word and compassion to improve the world.



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38 comments on “Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs”

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Jörg Schumacher
3 Months Ago

To all those detractors: why don't call things what they look like? If it's an elite club of freaky narrow-minded vegans where no new members are allowed - well, go ahead... Or help to make it interesting and a little more easy eating less meat (or quit) for all those guys who are not sure to become vegan 'cause they think they'll get nothing to eat anymore except salad. I don't mind as long as it IS NO meat...

Lilly Bakken
3 Months Ago

Claudia Wendt

Lisa Fletcher
3 Months Ago

not ribs tempeh strips!

Martha Ruiz Carrillo
3 Months Ago

Renata Meneses

Eileen Francisco
3 Months Ago

I just want a live-in vegan cook please santa!

Rhea Nell Anderson
3 Months Ago

Joy Noguess

Lisa Everett
3 Months Ago

Passing this on to Parag Bhuva

John Cowsar
3 Months Ago

Yum Janice Thach

Jan Roberts
3 Months Ago

Seriously where is the print button?!? I always have to cut and past... :(

Jan Roberts
3 Months Ago



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