BBQ Seitan

Baked Seitan
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 Tbsp vegetarian “oyster” sauce or use 1 Tbsp Miso and 1 Tbsp Soy
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 cups fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard not ground mustard, but liquid
  • 2 Tbsp black strap molasses
  • 2 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • juice from one lemon
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke optional
  1. Assemble the dry ingredients of wheat gluten powder, spices, and herbs. Combine in a large bowl and whisk together.
    In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients of water, tamari, “oyster” sauce, and tahini.
  2. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. It will thicken very quickly. Begin to knead everything together for approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Set to the side and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Then knead another 2-3 minutes. The longer you knead, the chewier the seitan will be after baked.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and press seitan into the pan. Bake at 325 for 40 minutes.
    Remove from oven, cut in half, and place in crock pot with with barbecue sauce. Allow to cook on low for 1 hour. By allowing the seitan to cook slowly in the barbecue sauce for at least an hour, it achieves a tender, pulled texture.
    Remove from crock pot. Use a couple of forks to pull and shred the seitan apart. This can be shredded in a food processor, but I like mine chunkier and did it by hand. Then place back into the crock pot with barbecue sauce and cook 6-8 hours on low.
    Barbecue Sauce
    1. Over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in 3 Tbsp of veggie broth until it softens. I cook a little longer to caramelize.
      Add the rest of the ingredients, simmering for another 5 minutes.
      Pour mixture into a blender and puree until smooth. Add to crock pot with seitan.