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BBQ Tofu Recipe

BBQ Tofu

BBQ Tofu is a delicious vegan dish featuring crispy tofu smothered in a tangy barbecue sauce. It is perfect for grilling or baking!

Hello, friend! Get ready to have your taste buds dancing with this smoky, tangy, and oh-so-delicious BBQ Tofu recipe. If you think tofu is bland, think again!

This recipe will transform humble tofu into a flavor-packed dish that rivals any meaty barbecue. We’re going to marinate the tofu in a finger-licking BBQ sauce, then grill or bake it to perfection.

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or simply looking for a tasty plant-based option, this recipe is sure to become a new favorite.

So let’s fire up the grill and get cooking!

Utensils You Need:

Gather these tools to create this finger-licking good dish:

  1. Shallow dish or bowl
  2. Grill or baking sheet
  3. Basting brush

The Recipe

BBQ Tofu

BBQ Tofu

This recipe features marinated tofu cooked to perfection with a smoky, tangy BBQ sauce.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1 (14-ounce) block extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce (your favorite brand or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes or slices.
  • In a shallow dish or bowl, whisk together the BBQ sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  • Add the tofu to the marinade and toss gently to coat. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours in the refrigerator.
  • If grilling, preheat the grill to medium heat. If baking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
  • If grilling, thread the tofu onto skewers or place directly on the grill grates. Cook for 6-8 minutes per side, or until grill marks appear and the tofu is heated through, basting with the remaining marinade occasionally.
  • If baking, spread the tofu in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the tofu is golden brown and slightly crispy.


  1. Pressing the tofu helps remove excess water and allows it to absorb more of the marinade’s flavor.
  2. You can adjust the amount of spices in the marinade to suit your taste.
  3. If you don’t have skewers, you can bake or pan-fry the tofu instead of grilling.
Keyword baked, BBQ, Dinner, easy, grilled, quick, tofu, Vegan, vegetarian

Alternative Ingredients:

If you do not have the ingredients I listed above, do not worry. You can swap them out for the alternatives below:

BBQ sauceYour favorite sauce (teriyaki, buffalo, etc.)
Apple cider vinegarRice vinegar or white vinegar
Maple syrupHoney or agave nectar

What to Serve with BBQ Tofu:

You can pair this delicious BBQ Tofu with the following:

  • Serve it on a bun with your favorite toppings like coleslaw, pickles, and onion rings for a delicious BBQ sandwich.
  • Enjoy it over rice or quinoa for a hearty and satisfying meal.
  • Pair it with a fresh salad for a lighter option.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of tofu?

Yes, you can use firm or medium tofu, but extra-firm tofu will hold its shape better during grilling or baking.

Can I make my own BBQ sauce?

Absolutely! There are many delicious homemade BBQ sauce recipes available online.

How do I store leftover BBQ tofu?

Store leftover BBQ tofu in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can I reheat BBQ tofu?

Yes, you can reheat BBQ tofu in the oven, on the stovetop, or in the microwave.

Is this recipe suitable for children?

Yes, this recipe is kid-friendly and a great way to introduce them to tofu.

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