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BBQ Tofu Burnt Ends

  • Author: Chuck Underwood
  • Category: Appetizer, Summer Picnics
  • Cuisine: BBQ, Vegan


The next time you want to impress your non-vegan friends (or just want a super-tasty snack) throw some of these BBQ Tofu Burnt Ends on the grill!  You may have weekend dinner guests for life! 


  • 1 pkg Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1 Tbs Apple Juice
  • 2 Tbs Rub ((recipe below))
  • Your favorite BBQ Sauce

Basic Rub

  • 1/4 cup Paprika
  • 2 Tbs Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbs Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbs Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper ((or more to taste))


  1. Freeze Tofu prior to making the recipe  (not absolutely necessary but highly recommended).   Then thaw before continuing. 
  2. Drain Tofu and slice it into 2 even blocks about 1" thick.  
  3. Press Tofu between paper towels for at least 30 minutes.  Place something flat on top to help the process.  Change towels frequently. 
  4. While Tofu is pressing, preheat oven to 300 degrees F. 
  5. Mix all rub ingredients together until uniform and store in an airtight container until needed.  I used a 1 pint Mason Jar with lid. 
  6. Once Tofu is finished pressing, slice each block into 12 equal cubes and place in a ziplock bag with the Apple Juice.  Shake gently. 
  7. Add 2 Tbs of the Rub to the bag and again, shake gently to ensure all surfaces of Tofu are covered. 
  8. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the 300-degree oven for 15 minutes. 
  9. The Tofu is now ready for the BBQ.  Place over indirect-heat and gently brush on your favorite sauce.  Turn frequently and continue basting until a nice bark has formed.  
  10. Serve as an appetizer or as a tasty addition to your Summer BBQ Meal. 


Tips are always welcome!


Keywords: vegan bbq