Vegan Barbecue Sandwich

Vegan Barbecue Sandwich

One flavor I have missed from my meat-eating days is the unmistakable vinegar-style barbecue you can only find in eastern North Carolina. There just isn’t a premade vegetarian version of this distinct meat. I have tried Gardein’s BBQ pulled pork and while the texture is there, the flavor is not at all what I’m looking for. I don’t want that mesquite-ketchupy taste, I want the delicious flavor I grew up eating. So last night I made it myself using the Delight Soy nuggets (have I mentioned how much I love this brand?) and a vinegar concoction for the sauce. It is amazing how that flavor just brought me back to my childhood, eating hush puppies, fried okra, and my Grandmother’s scratch-made biscuits. There’s no reason this unique taste has to belong only to the meat-eating crowd! It’s all about getting the right texture of soy protein.  So here is my recipe for a damn good vegan barbecue sandwich:


  • 1 package Delight Soy nuggets (or other frozen soy chicken, like Gardein)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sriracha sauce


Heat soy nuggets on a microwave safe plate for about 3 minutes or until thawed and warm. Next, place four nuggets at a time in a food processor and grind about 20 seconds. You want the soy to be stringy, so don’t grind too long or they will turn into a ball of paste. Once all the nuggets are processed, place in a medium bowl and set aside. To make the sauce combine all other ingredients in a bowl or jar with a tight lid and stir or shake very well to mix it all up. This recipe makes about 2 – 3 servings of the sauce. How much you put on your barbecue is a matter of taste, but I used about 1/3 of the sauce for mine. Pour it in the bowl of soy and mix well with a spoon or fork. You can add 2 tbsp. ketchup for color if you like. I didn’t have buns so I ate mine on whole wheat bread, with a side of seasoned Alexia waffle fries.

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