These barbecue "ribs" are a work of genius. A combination of textured vegetable protein and vital wheat gluten, they nail the flavor and texture perfectly. They're meaty, savory, and absolutely amazing when coated in the homemade barbecue sauce. One bite and they'll become one of your barbecue essentials.

Barbecue ‘Ribs’ [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the "Ribs":

  • 2 cups textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 4 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • Bamboo skewers

For Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes or 6-5 fresh tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sweet mustard
  • A drizzle of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4-5 tablespoons brown sugar
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Preparation

To Make the "Ribs":

  1. Finely chop the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and fresh basil.
  2. In a bowl mix, all dry ingredients: TVP, vital wheat gluten, bread crumbs, and all the spices. Mix well and add the remaining ingredients, then knead.
  3. Take small portions of dough and form it into a rectangular shape with your hands.
  4. Steam for 30 minutes, then stick a bamboo skewer into each piece.

To Make the Sauce:

  1. Pour the can of crushed tomatoes into a saucepan.
  2. When it begins to bubble, add 2 tablespoons sweet mustard and stir with a whisk until fully incorporated. Add a splash of soy sauce, 1-2 tablespoons liquid smoke, pepper, and 4-5 tablespoons brown sugar, stirring well each time you add an ingredient.

To Serve:

  1. Once the sauce is ready, prepare your "ribs" any way you like. They can be grilled, baked in the oven at 350°F, or fried, just until they begin to darken in color a little. If you bake or grill the ribs it's better to spread the sauce on before.
  2. However, for frying, the best option is to do it after.

Notes

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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 2111 | Total Carbs: 315 g | Total Fat: 3 g | Total Protein: 186 g | Total Sodium: 5243 g | Total Sugar: 163 g Calculation not including drizzle of soy sauce. Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.