Vegan BBQ ribs are a staple at family dinners and barbecues. There are so many different ways to make a meaty barbecue plant-based dish like mushrooms, lentils, tofu just to name a few. Seitan is such a great meaty substitute. You can buy seitan in the grocery store, but it's actually quite easy to make your own. Then just slather it in barbecue sauce and fry it for delicious vegan BBQ ribs.

Sticky BBQ Ribs [Vegan]

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  • 5 ounces vital wheat gluten
  • 6.75 ounces vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons reduced salt soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons BBQ sauce of choice


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 356°F (fan-oven)
  2. In a big bowl, add the gluten, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder and black pepper, then stir until thoroughly combined
  3. Add in the vegetable stock and soy sauce then start mixing it all together until a dough forms, then kneed it for a few minutes (if it’s still quite sticky add some more gluten)
  4. Line a baking tray with foil, then spread the dough out into a rectangular ‘rack of ribs’ shape (it should be about 1 cm thick)
  5. Then place in the oven for 25 minutes (flip over half way through)
  6. Transfer the seitan to a plate and spread 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce on each side
  7. To finish off, either fry the seitan in a griddle pan with a little oil (a few minutes on each side should do it) or crisp it up on a BBQ until slightly charred
  8. Enjoy!


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