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Now that temperatures have officially hit 100°F, I’m more than ready to start introducing BBQ sandwiches into my diet again. We had the most lovely weekend in the sun; my mom was in town and we took Vander to the outdoor pool for the first time. I was a bit nervous on how he would do since bathtime is still hit or miss, but he loved it! I bought him a little floaty and he cruised all around the pool in it when he wasn’t giggling at BL and I going under water and popping back up.
Summer, I’m so, so excited that you’re here.
I’ve discussed my dilemma with most veggie burgers multiple times; most of the time they don’t live up to the hype and they rarely impress my omnivore friends. Thankfully, these vegan bbq tempeh sandwiches are not only perfect for a cookout, they are meaty and hearty as well.
I’m making things a bit more complicated by making my own homemade BBQ sauce, but feel free to skip that step if needed. I like making my own sauces because most of the store-bought ones can taste off, but I also realize that takes more time.
Chop your tempeh into whatever size strip you like; I prefer the tempeh in hearty chunks but you could also grate the tempeh to create a sloppy-joe like texture. Pour the BBQ sauce over the tempeh and bake until soft and slightly burnt on the outsides. Those burnt pieces create the perfect texture when pilled on top of a sandwich.
How do we feel about tempeh? I find that it’s one of the plant-based proteins that people are most unsure about but then love when they actually try it. I make a sandwich like this often for omnivore friends and they are always blown away by how meaty it actually tastes. Well, duh. Do you think that we predominantly plant-based eaters don’t love good food? Just because I don’t eat animals doesn’t mean I don’t eat well. These sandwiches are proof of that.
I can’t imagine a vegan bbq tempeh sandwich without coleslaw on top, so I made a quick version using shredded green and red cabbage and carrots. I recently bought this mandolin and it’s been essential in creating coleslaw in mere minutes. I’ve had a few mandolin’s over the years and while this one takes a little bit to figure out how to best use it, it’s the sharpest one I’ve ever used. Paper thin vegetables, coming right up.
Put the whole thing together, and you’ve got the perfect dinner.
Lastly, I can’t stop thinking about the reports of children being separated from their parents after arriving to the states. Whatever your politics, I think we can all agree that removing scared, helpless infants and children from their parents is a cruel, heartless punishment. I’ve always been fairly empathic and this has only heightened after becoming a mom. Every news story I read, I instantly picture my sweet, innocent Vander and the tears just start flowing. My heart aches for both the parents and the kids.
If you’re also moved, then you can donate to organizations who are fighting to help these children (I just gave a donation to Together Rising which is organizing a Love Flash Mob for this effort) and let your elected officials know how you feel. I’m a big believer in letting my voice count and I contact my representatives often. While I’m sure my individual voice doesn’t have much of an effect, I do believe that the collective voice matters.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches, perfect for vegan barbecues! Crispy vegan BBQ with vegan rainbow coleslaw and homemade dressing.
Poppyseed Rainbow Coleslaw: