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Gluten-Free barbecued tofu; smoky sweet

Updated on March 4, 2014

Smokey sweet barbecued tofu

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Smoky sweet barbecued tofu

Big yum! The smokey barbecue flavor paired well with nutty brown rice and fresh roasted asparagus.
Big yum! The smokey barbecue flavor paired well with nutty brown rice and fresh roasted asparagus. | Source
Gathering the ingredients
Gathering the ingredients | Source
Slice your tofu 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch in thickness.
Slice your tofu 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch in thickness. | Source
Lay your sliced tofu on a tea towel.
Lay your sliced tofu on a tea towel. | Source
Lay another towel on top and place some weight over it so you can press out most of the water.
Lay another towel on top and place some weight over it so you can press out most of the water. | Source
Measure your seasonings on a dish.
Measure your seasonings on a dish. | Source
Place the drained and sliced tofu on top of the seasoning mix and press down so the seasoning sticks. Do this on both sides.
Place the drained and sliced tofu on top of the seasoning mix and press down so the seasoning sticks. Do this on both sides. | Source
Set aside while you prepare the grill.
Set aside while you prepare the grill. | Source
Lay a piece of aluminum foil over a grill pan.
Lay a piece of aluminum foil over a grill pan. | Source
Poke holes in the grill pan and spray lightly with cooking oil.
Poke holes in the grill pan and spray lightly with cooking oil. | Source
I was lazy today and used a store-bought barbecue sauce. When picking a sauce always check the (carbohydrates) sugar, fat and salt. You can always whip up your own.
I was lazy today and used a store-bought barbecue sauce. When picking a sauce always check the (carbohydrates) sugar, fat and salt. You can always whip up your own. | Source
Turn your grill on to medium high. The tofu will grill up nicely in about 3-4 minutes per side.
Turn your grill on to medium high. The tofu will grill up nicely in about 3-4 minutes per side. | Source
This meals comes together in a snap and the flavors marry quite well together!
This meals comes together in a snap and the flavors marry quite well together! | Source

Smokey sweet barbecued tofu

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yields: Serves 4

Smokey sweet barbecued tofu

  • 1 block tofu, extra firm and drained
  • 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, granulated
  • 1/2 teaspoon chiplote chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme, if using dry use 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, either store bought or homemade and gluten-free

Smoky sweet barbecued tofu

  1. Drain the tub of tofu and slice it into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices, then lay them onto a kitchen towel. Lay another towel on top and add some evenly distributed weight to help press out much of the water in the tofu. I used a book with a bowl on top for this purpose.
  2. While the tofu is draining, measure out your spices on a plate and stir together well. If you are going to be cooking the tofu right away, start your grill on medium heat.
  3. Take your drained tofu slices and place each one onto your spice plate, applying gentle pressure so each piece gets a nice coat of spices. Set the tofu aside while you prepare the grill pan.
  4. You can either put aluminum foil poked with holes directly onto your grill or, prepare a grill pan as seen in the photos. You simply cover the pan with the foil, poke holes in it, and then give it a light spray of cooking oil.
  5. Now take the seasoned tofu and lay your slices on grill pan. If you are a dish saving person, you could have skipped the previous pan and layed them straight on the prepared grill tray. You will now baste each side of the tofu with the a few tablespoons of barbecue sauce and place the whole thing on the grill.
  6. Grill each side for 3 to 4 minutes just to ensure the tofu is hot and the sauce is browning bringing out the sugars. Serve hot.

Sweet and smokey grilled tofu

I just love tofu for so many reasons. It's a great source of protein with no heart clogging saturated fat, you can store it in your refrigerator for months, and it's a blank palate for adding taste. Tofu can take on any flavor you give it from savory to sweet (check out my chocolate tofu pie blog).

You may notice in my spice mix that I don't add any salt. If you are using store-bought barbecue sauce, it will add plenty of salt. Gotta watch that sodium intake!

I served this dish with nutty brown rice and roasted asparagus. Did you know that asparagus has 253mcg of folic acid? Enjoy!

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      MindbodyandFood4u 4 years ago from Ohio

      You can broil it in the oven or on a portable indoor grill!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      This sounds delicious! I am always on the lookout for new veggie recipes, and I must bookmark this to try next grilling season. Or, maybe I can grill it under the broiler in the oven???

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