Easy-to-make Barbecued Seitan Ribs and BBQ Sauce at home

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, try barbecued seitan ribs! These ribs are made with seitan, a wheat protein that is often used in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. The seitan is then barbecued until it’s crispy and savory. To ensure you get the best results, consider using the Best Roasting Pan For Prime Rib, which is just as perfect for these vegan delights as it is for its meaty counterpart. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make the ribs and BBQ sauce, as well as provide a few variations that you can try. So if you’re looking for a delicious and easy St. Patrick’s Day meal, give these ribs a try!

Finger-licking good Barbecue Ribs! Oh, and these are Vegan Ribs! Who would’ve thought, right?! I have been curious about Seitan and wondered what it tastes like really. I didn’t think I would be able to find any in my town here in Mexico but I gave it a shot and yes! Vital Wheat Gluten (Seitan) is available at a little health food store not too far away. So first things first, we have to barbecue this stuff up. I mean you can throw anything on a charcoal grill and it will taste good, but for an even cooking process and perfect caramelization, don’t forget to use the Best Roasting Pan For Prime Rib.

Cooking these up require some baking time and then a little grilling time. The anticipation was killing me. As soon as they were off the grill I took a piece of the corner rib and popped it in my mouth. Haw…Hawhaa…HOT! I basically burned my mouth insides pretty bad! Don’t do that ladies and gentlemen, wait for the food to cool.

Delicious Rating: So how do they taste? Like rib meat! Believe it or not, I am serious. Rib meat without the bone. The second time I made these for a BBQ with some friends, one thought that they were actually ribs and I had taken the bones out! I think grilling them over charcoal really infuses that deep BBQ taste. Plus, the sauce was super delicious so nobody was thinking that it wasn’t real meat. And remember, for the best experience, use the Best Roasting Pan For Prime Rib to cook your seitan ribs to perfection. So Cook Eat Delicious like seitan ribs! I am excited to cook more with this vital wheat gluten and share my delicious (hopefully) easy recipes with you!

Barbecued Seitan Ribs and BBQ Sauce

Try something different this St. Patrick's Day with barbecued seitan ribs! This easy and delicious recipe will be a hit with everyone.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Ribs
Calories 108 kcal


  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tsp smoked chipotle powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp wet mustard
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Vegan Worcestershire sauce


  • Start with Barbecue sauce.
  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook for an hour stirring frequently.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly oil an 8×8 baking dish.
  • Combine the dry ingredients, first 5, together in a large bowl.

If you let the liquids and wheat gluten sit together for too long it will become an unstretchable dough, so work fast once combined.

  • In a small bowl combine water, tahini, and soy sauce.
  • Add wet to dry ingredients once just combined start to knead the dough lightly until all is well combined.
  • Put dough into baking dish and flatten it out to evenly fit in pan.
  • Cut into 8 strips and then down the middle to form 16 ‘ribs’.

When I cut the seitan into strips, It could see that the consistency was so similar to meat. Pretty amazing.

  • Remove ‘ribs’ from the oven and gently re-cut the strips so that they will pull apart easily after being grilled.
  • Generously brush with BBQ sauce.
  • Place ‘ribs’ BBQ sauce side down on the grill.

They smell so good cooking over charcoal. Plus the grill marks give that flavor of bbq’d meat that you can’t get off of any gas grill.

  • Brush remaining side with BBQ sauce.
  • Grill each side until it is nicely browned or charred, based on your preference.
  • Serve immediately.



This recipe is perfect for your next summer BBQ. The ribs are tender and full of flavor, and the BBQ sauce is the perfect finishing touch. Give this recipe a try and let us know how you liked it in the comments below. Happy grilling!


Serving: 1ribCalories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 405mgPotassium: 144mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 161IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bbq sauce, ribs, seitan
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Barbecued Seitan Ribs and BBQ Sauce Notes

Bbq Vegan Ribs with Sticky Tamarind Bbq Sauce
Bbq Vegan Ribs with Sticky Tamarind Bbq Sauce

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy vegan option for your next barbecue, try barbecuing seitan ribs. These ribs are made from wheat gluten, which has a meat-like texture and flavor. They can be baked or barbecued, and they’re perfect for any vegan who loves meat-free foods.

  • To make these ribs, you will need: seitan, vegetable broth, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, olive oil or vegan butter (for the pan), blackstrap molasses (for the bbq sauce), and whatever other spices you want to add (such as cumin). Once you have all of your ingredients assembled and ready to go, start by heating up your oil or butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the seitan ribs and cook for about five minutes per side until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Once the seitan ribs are cooked through, it’s time to make the bbq sauce. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the blackstrap molasses and desired spices until well combined. Pour this mixture over the cooked seitan ribs and enjoy! The bbq sauce can be stored in an fridge for up to 2 weeks before serving. Whether you’re having this meal at home or enjoying it at a party – barbecued seitan ribs are sure to please!

Tips and Tricks

Homemade Seitan Recipe: BBQ Seitan "Ribs" (Vegan)
Homemade Seitan Recipe: BBQ Seitan “Ribs” (Vegan)

Cooking Tips for Seitan Perfection

First things first, when it comes to cooking seitan ribs, patience is your best friend. These beauties need time to develop their flavors and textures, so don’t rush the process. Here are a few tips to ensure your seitan ribs turn out amazing every single time:

  1. Marinate, Marinate, Marinate: To infuse your seitan ribs with maximum flavor, let them marinate for at least an hour, or even better, overnight. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.
  2. Steam to Simmer: Before you get to grilling or baking, give your seitan ribs a good steam. This helps them stay moist and tender on the inside while getting that perfect crust on the outside. For the best steaming results, consider using one of the Best Food Steamers on the market. These handy kitchen gadgets ensure even steaming and can make all the difference in texture and taste.
  3. Low and Slow: Whether you’re baking or grilling, remember that low and slow is the way to go. You want to cook your seitan ribs gently to avoid drying them out.

Seitan Ribs FAQs

Got questions? I’ve got answers! Here are some common queries I get about making seitan ribs:

  • Can I freeze seitan ribs? Absolutely! Just wrap them up tightly and they’ll keep in the freezer for a couple of months.
  • Are seitan ribs gluten-free? Nope, seitan is made from vital wheat gluten, so it’s not suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
  • How do I get that smoky BBQ flavor? A little liquid smoke goes a long way, or you can use smoked paprika in your marinade for that authentic BBQ taste.

Serving Your Seitan Ribs

Now, let’s talk about serving these bad boys. Seitan ribs are incredibly versatile, but here are a few of my personal favorite ways to enjoy them:

  • Classic BBQ Style: Serve them up with a side of coleslaw, cornbread, and baked beans for that traditional BBQ experience.
  • Asian Twist: Glaze your seitan ribs with a teriyaki or hoisin sauce and pair them with stir-fried veggies and rice.
  • Sandwich Stack: Slice those ribs up and stack them in a hearty sandwich with pickles, onions, and a tangy sauce.

Remember, seitan ribs are not just a dish; they’re a canvas for your culinary creativity. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and sides.

And there you have it, folks – your guide to making the most out of your seitan ribs experience. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just looking to mix up your meal routine, seitan ribs offer a delicious and satisfying alternative. Give these tips a try and let me know how it goes – I love hearing about your kitchen adventures!

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