Vegan Mofo: October Fest Maple BBQ Tempeh

I know you were all just waiting with bated breath wondering what was to become of the October Fest Maple BBQ Sauce? Here's the 2nd component of the final recipe: BBQ Tempeh! I know people poo-poo on the taste and texture of tempeh, but it's actually one of the best forms of soy to consume health-wise and has such a nice nutty flavor. Just give tempeh a chance! Maybe slathering it in my beer-base BBQ sauce will just change your mind!

Though this BBQ tempeh is great on its own (mmm! mmm! with mashed potatoes and green beans!), the third, and final, piece to this recipe puzzle will be up shortly.

October Fest Maple BBQ Tempeh (vegan)
serves 2-4

So golden, so crunchy; how could you not love tempeh?

  1. Cube tempeh in small pieces.
  2. Heat enough oil in your pan to coat the bottom. Sprinkle in about 1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder.
  3. Fry the tempeh on medium heat until the edges of the tempeh brown and become crunchy. Stir every few minutes.
  4. When tempeh is done, remove from pan and place on a paper-towel lined plate to get rid of any excess oil. Wipe out any remaining oil from frying pan (once it has cooled down!).
  5. Pour in about 1/2-3/4 cup of the BBQ sauce into the frying pan and coat the tempeh with the sauce. Heat on low and keep stirring. The sauce will start to become absorbed by the tempeh and the will start to caramelize. The sugars in the BBQ can easily be burnt in this stage, so don't walk away while you are doing this to paint your nails and check your friends' Facebook statuses.
  6. Once the tempeh is coated, you can eat it is as is, or wait for the next part of the recipe. I know, I like to make people wait for what is goooood, Clark!


  1. Yummm! I might have to use this as part of my M post later in the month, when I think I will tackle my vegan nemesis, maple syrup.

    I used to be a tempeh hater but I think I just had one bad batch of it once... now it's one of my favorite proteins. It has texture, and deliciousness.

  2. looks delish, i always seem to forget to cook with tempeh, def going to try this ;)

  3. Holy freaking mother of all that is good and tasty! That looks so good.
    I've only tried tempeh once, it was this jarred stuff in brine and was totally gack so it had put me off trying it again until I actually managed to buy some fresh tempeh from my local supermarket. Having read so many trusted vegans rave on about the deliciousness of the stuff I'm determined to give it another go and I've just found the recipe to do it with.
    Thank you

  4. The tempeh looks delicious, yes, but what is even more delightful is the subtle reference to end the post. The silent majesty of a Winter's morn...

  5. Lizzie! I love you! You got it! :)


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