I knew from the minute I first tried Soy Curls that this recipe was coming.
They are just PERFECT for an good old fashioned Texas Style BBQ Sandwich. The look, the feel, the texture, everything about them screams "pulled pork sandwich". And with the addition of just the right BBQ sauce?
Oh. My. Gosh. Heaven.
I first tried to imitate that classic Texas taste when I introduced my Texas Style Vegan BBQ Recipe back in March of 2015 using mushrooms instead of meat.
They were definitely good, don't get me wrong, but the texture was just a bit off. Close, but not quite right.
When you bite into THIS sandwich you'd swear you were biting into the real deal.
You know it's a good BBQ joint when you can smell the smokehouse miles away. They have the picnic tables out front with a roll of paper towels on each one and all your meat comes served on a sheet of butcher's paper. And the sauce, that sweet and spicy sauce that drips off your chin with each bite? With the jalapeños and pickles?
Yeah this is almost like that.
The plus side of THIS recipe is you can make it at home!
It's easy to make, fairly quick, and will satisfy that inner BBQ craving like nothing else.
Ready to make some Texas BBQ? Let's go!
BBQ Soy Curls
As the name implies, you're going to need some Soy Curls. They are made from a company called Butler Foods right here in Oregon. I can tell you the only ingredient on the bag is soybeans and they are NON-GMO. So no extra chemicals, no weird ingredients, just dried shredded soybeans.
However if you cannot have Soy, fear not, just click on my original recipe up above using Mushrooms.
Ingredients: Soy Curls are made from select, certified non-GMO, whole soybeans (Soy), grown without chemical pesticides.
They are also available online either at their company website or at Amazon. I'll provide a link if you'd like to purchase some however I do have to tell you that this will be an affiliate link, meaning with each purchase though Amazon I do receive a small compensation.
It's not much but it does help me keep this site running and by law I have to tell you. Ok, legalities aside, here's the Amazon link to Butler Soy Curls or you can just click on the picture.
The first thing you're going to want to do is dump them into a large bowl and add hot water to cover them. Let these sit at least 10 minutes to rehydrate - just enough time to cook our sauce.
For the sauce, add all your ingredients to a large saucepan.
I do NOT have any onions in this sauce, but they would make a yummy addition. Feel free to add ½ cup or so of your favorite onions making sure they are finely diced first.
I don't use onions in any of my recipes anymore as my daughter suffers from Chron's Disease, and onions are a major trigger.
Now I DO use honey in this recipe, so if you have a problem with honey go ahead and try the sweetener of your choice - agave, maple syrup, whatever. I have never tried these variations so I don't know how much they'll change the flavor.
As a Vegan, I personally have no problems using honey - as long as it's local natural honey and NOT a major store brand made in some factory. I know where my honey comes from and it's made right around the corner from me, all naturally and from local bees.
I know there will be different opinions on this as honey is usually a controversial topic. Do what seems right for you.
Now, slowly simmer your sauce, stirring occasionally, until it's completely heated though and slightly thickens. Then drain your Soy Curls, squeezing out as much excess water as you can. Add the curls to the sauce and stir to combine.
Let that simmer for a few minutes to let the curls soak up as much sauce as possible and then serve on the bun of your choice.
Enjoy and Happy Labor Day everyone!
These BBQ Soy Curls make the perfect Rich and Juicy BBQ Sandwich. You'll swear you're sitting in a Texas Roadhouse! (Pass the napkins).
- 1 pck Butler Soy Curls
- 2 cans Tomato Sauce ((8 oz ea))
- ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ⅓ cup Date Syrup
- ¼ cup Tomato Paste
- ¼ cup Molasses
- 2 Tbs Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tbs Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Black Pepper
- ¼ tsp Salt
- Add Soy Curls to bowl and cover with hot water
- Let curls redydrate for at least 10 minutes
- Add remaining ingredients to large saucepan.
- Simmer until slightly thickened
- Drain curls and add to sauce
- Stir to combine
- Simmer 5 minutes and serve