This smoked maple bbq tofu is bursting with flavour and the perfect addition to any plant based meal. We eat tofu about once a week in our house, so I’m always trying new ways to use it. If you haven’t tried it yet, do! For some reason just the word tofu used to turn me off. I don’t know why, as I don’t think I ever tried it growing up. I’ve since learned tofu is so versatile, it’s filling (high protein) and can be quite tasty! This recipe is a great start to test it out or to try it a new way.
This tofu isn’t smoked or bbq’d (although it would be equally as good on the bbq!), it’s the sauce that gives the recipe it’s name. Liquid smoke adds the smoky flavour, and along with the remaining ingredients it creates a delicious bbq like sauce. It’s fast to prepare, simply whisk the ingredients together, slice the tofu and let it marinate in the sauce for 30 minutes or more. Place each piece on a lined cookie sheet in the oven and flip once. I use the broiler at the end to crisp up the edges, just be careful not to burn it!
The smoked maple bbq flavoured tofu is great served with vegetable stir fries, mixed into pasta dishes, or used in sandwiches and wraps. Get creative and let us know what you tried it with!
Note: Try freezing tofu in it’s original package, then allow it to defrost the day you want to use it. This not only makes it convenient, it also makes the tofu more porous and will soak up sauce better. Just make sure that once the tofu is defrosted, squeeze all the excess water out before marinating.
- 1 pkg Extra Firm Tofu
- 3 tbsp Tamari or Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1-1/2 tbsp Tomate Paste
- 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
- ¼ tsp Chili Powder
- Preheat the oven at 350.
- Thaw tofu (if frozen). Use your hands or paper towel to squeeze the excess water from the tofu.
- Slice the tofu into wide strips or square cube sections, whichever you prefer.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
- Add the sliced tofu to the sauce and stir carefully to coat each piece. Let sit for about 30 mins or more.
- Arrange the coated tofu pieces on a lined cookie sheet. Brush some extra sauce on top of each piece.
- Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and carefully flip pieces. Spread any remaining sauce on top of each piece, then place back in oven for another 15 minutes.
- Turn oven to broil for 5-8 minutes, careful not to burn.
- Remove and serve. Enjoy the tofu with stir fries, pasta, noodles, rice, or even in sandwiches!