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Texas Style Barbecue Tempeh, vegan, vegetarian, whole food plant based, gluten free, recipe, wfpb, healthy, oil free, no refined sugar, no oil, refined sugar free, dinner, side, side dish, dairy free, dinner party, entertaining

Texas Style Barbecue Tempeh

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This healthy Texas Style Barbecue Tempeh is deliciously spicy, smoky and has just enough sweet tang that you will find yourself wanting to make this easy and simple recipe over and over again. Your kids will request this delicious dish all the time.  A fabulous Whole Food Plant Based recipe. Vegan, Oil free, refined sugar free, gluten free, no highly processed ingredients.


  • 2 – [ 8 oz. packages ] of organic tempeh (we use Lightlife Original Organic Tempeh), cut at a 45-degree angle to get 1 ¼ inch slices when laid flat
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of your favorite BBQ Sauce (We love our Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce or Texas Style Barbecue Sauce for this recipe)

Optional Serving Ideas:


  1. Cut the tempeh at a 45-degree angle to get approximately 1 ¼ inch slices (when laid flat).
  2. Coat the bottom of small baking dish with some barbecue sauce, then layer the cut tempeh pieces on top of the sauce. Add more sauce on top of the tempeh, ensuring that every piece has some sauce on top. Pick up each tempeh piece and rub the sauce on all sides or simply use the back of a spoon to ensure it is coated.
  3. Then add the 2nd layer of tempeh on top of the first layer. Finally, place more sauce on top of that layer. Repeat the same process of ensuring that each piece of tempeh is coated with sauce.  Note:  The tempeh does not have to be swimming in barbecue sauce like a marinade, it just need to be coated, more like a rub.  The goal is to have at least 3/4 cup of sauce remaining to use later when serving.
  4. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to make the Texas Style Barbecue Tempeh, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  6. Remove each piece of barbecue covered tempeh pieces from the marinating dish and place them onto a baking sheet. Spread them out to give each piece a little room.  Take all the sauce from the marinating dish and place some on top of each piece.  (Note:  This is not the 3/4 cup of reserved sauce – we will use that later).
  7. Cover the baking sheet tightly with foil and bake the tempeh in the oven for 10 minutes covered.
  8. After 10 minutes, remove the foil and return the tempeh to the oven for 5 minutes.
  9. After 5 minutes, turn the oven to broil, move the oven rack to the highest rack setting, and broil the tempeh for 3 to 5 minutes.
  10. In the meantime, heat the 3/4 cup of served sauce in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove, drizzle each piece with some sauce before serving.
  11. Serve the Texas Style Barbecue tempeh in wraps or sandwiches.


*Makes:  4 to 8 servings (largely dependent upon how many slices you like in your wraps or sandwiches).