Homemade Seitan Barbecue (Bbq) Ribs - Vegan

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is an original recipe by Susan V from fatfreevegan.com. It's so easy to make and incredibly yummy! You can buy Vital Wheat Gluten at most grocery stores (look for Bob's Red Mill). I did not have nutritional yeast so I omitted this ingredient with no lack of taste. These were "grilled" on a griddle and it worked out great. My meat eater hubby loved it as did the kids. Check out http://everydaydish.tv/cookingshow_video.html for a video on how to make this. (it's under Susan's Ribz).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with canola oil.
  2. Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the water with the nut butter, Liquid Smoke, and soy sauce and add it to the dry ingredients. Stir to mix well in the bowl for a couple of minutes.
  3. Put the dough into the baking dish and flatten it so that it evenly fills the pan. Take a sharp knife and cut it into 8 strips; then turn the pan and cut those strips in half to form 16 pieces.
  4. Put it in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. While it's cooking prepare your grill pan or grill.
  5. Remove it from the oven and carefully re-cut each strip, going over each cut to make sure that the ribz will pull apart easily later. Generously brush the top with barbecue sauce. Take it to the grill pan or grill and invert the whole baking dish onto the grill (or use a large spatula to lift the seitan out, placing it sauce-side down on the grill). Brush the top of the seitan with more sauce.
  6. Watch it closely to make sure that it doesn't burn. When sufficiently brown on one side, turn over and cook the other side, adding more sauce, if necessary. When done, remove to a platter and cut or pull apart the individual ribs to serve.
Most Helpful

5 5

I made a single batch of this one time when I found this recipe last year. After that- it's always been a double batch. This is one of my hubby's favorite meals now. I make it at least once a week if not twice.

Leftovers go in the fridge for quick sandwiches later. We don't have a grill so I just use the broiler for the last part of cooking.

Thanks for posting this great recipe!
Update 3/3/12 - (2 1/2 years later!) I still make this recipe very regularly. Once every couple months I take a bunch of ziploc bags and put the dry ingredients in so when it's time to make the ribs I already have the dry mix ready to go, I just dump the contents of the ziploc into a bowl and add the wet ingredients. It's super easy and dinner is ready for the oven in about 5 minutes!

5 5

I am a big Seitan fan. I have made my own before but this is the first time I've baked it. I love the bbq flavour of this dish. I used a smoky style bbq. sauce. I didn't make them into ribs, mine are just random shapes. I doubled the recipe and only used 1/2 the liquid smoke. I find it pretty strong. I used Tamari sauce instead of soy and used part tahini and peanut butter. I'm going to serve them with potato croquettes for supper. Yummy. Thanks for the delicious and different recipe. It will something I will make again.

5 5

I've tried many seitan recipes - all good, but this is one of the easiest. Served them several times - and will keep making them often. I don't grill these. I remove them from the oven about 5 min before done and brush the BBQ sauce over the tops of them. Put them back in the oven and when they were done - served them w/more BBQ sauce to dip them in. These are a bit difficult to cut in the pan prior to cooking them, but I had no trouble finishing the cuts when these come out of the oven.