BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Tangy Apple Slaw

BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Tangy Apple Slaw

BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Tangy Apple Slaw

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan 13

BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Tangy Apple Slaw- barbecue tempeh topped with vegan smoked gouda and a tangy apple slaw. The perfect summer sandwich!

One of my goals this year was to go back and update some of my favorite recipes on the blog. I had no clue what I was doing when I first started this site so everything prior to 2016 is a bit of a mess. With almost 700 posts under my belt and a large portion of those being recipes that I consider favorites, it could take me a while.

While it is a lot of work it’s also been fun to revisit meals I haven’t made in a long time, like these BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches. When I first shared them I had just finished Michael Pollen’s book and it sparked my curiosity on the wonders of fermentation.

If you’ve never eaten tempeh before, it’s basically just a bunch of fermented soybeans lumped together in a square. I know it doesn’t sound or look very pretty but if it’s prepared the right way (i.e. smothered in your favorite sauce) it can be absolutely delicious.

For this recipe I used homemade vegan BBQ sauce which I prefer for maximum flavor, but it’s not totally necessary. I’ve made them with store-bought BBQ sauce (Amy’s Smoky Maple) and they still tasted great. They’re just slightly better with the homemade sauce.

The trick to getting the tempeh to absorb the most flavor is to heat the sauce beforehand. This allows it to permeate the tempeh so that it holds on to that barbecue goodness while you cook it.

In addition to the poor layout of the post, one of the things that reminded me to update these sandwiches was Follow Your Heart’s new Smoked Gouda Slices. I had used smoked gouda cheese when I first made them and I knew their new plant-based slices would be the perfect way to make the recipe vegan. Turns out their gouda tastes just as good (if not better) on these sandwiches.

I’m telling you, the tangy barbecue sauce paired with the crunchy apple slaw and smoked gouda is a match made in heaven. If you’re not on board with tempeh yet, these are sure to do the trick!

BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Tangy Apple Slaw

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20

Cook Time: 25

Total Time: 45

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  • 1 cup Homemade Vegan BBQ Sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) package organic tempeh, sliced vertically into 16 strips
  • 4 slices vegan smoked gouda
  • 4 whole grain buns, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1/2 small head)
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced into matchsticks
Read the whole recipe on Making Thyme for Health