Memphis-Style Barbecue Tofu

Memphis-Style Barbecue Tofu

19 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 88% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Excellent served with biscuits (or cornbread), greens (collards are my favorite), and vegetarian baked beans (or lima beans and corn cooked in butter with a little salt and pepper). In addition to being tasty right out of the oven, this makes an excellent lunch the next day (hot or cold), though you might have to hide some in advance if you want any left over! Keeps nicely in the fridge for up to a week (at least I think it will - it's never lasted that long in our house, even with only two people).


2 15-oz packages Extra-firm tofu; pressed
1 tablespoon Butter; (or vegan margarine if making vegan)
1/4 cup Onion; finely chopped
1 12-oz bottle Catsup; (choose a good-tasting brand, such as Henry's Grandma's Catsup
1/4 cup Chili sauce; (not the Thai kind; Heinz makes a decent brand)
3 tablespoons Brown sugar; firmly packed
3 tablespoons Molasses
2 tablespoons Yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Liquid smoke
1 tablespoon Garlic powder; (or granulated garlic)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
1 teaspoon Chili powder
1 dash Cayenne powder; (or to taste)

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut one of the blocks of tofu into bite-sized cubes (about the size of dice), and crumble the other block of tofu into small chunks (bite-sized and smaller). Place the tofu in a lightly oiled baking dish (large enough so that you only have one layer). Cook until tofu is lightly browned and slightly chewy, tossing every 15 minutes or so (it should take about an hour or two to cook the tofu properly).

While the tofu is cooking, prepare the sauce: In a saucepan, slowly saute the chopped onion in butter until soft and just beginning to turn yellow. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer about 15 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings.

Combine sauce and tofu in a baking dish, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (note that this is about how long it takes to bake biscuits to go with the barbecue tofu).


my own creation (modified from a conglomeration of Memphis-style bbq sauce recipes)

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Just not a fan of tofus but I have to make it sometimes and I try to be creative. This eas all the creative I needed without any help from me and my momma liked it plenty. Def goinh to favorites.
Aimeelady 2y ago

srbodlak 2y ago

This was a hit. Made it vegan. Next time I will use a little less smoke because it had a bit too much vinegar taste
trevalr 3y ago

My family really liked this recipe. Cooking the tofu this way gives it a really nice texture. I will most definitely make this dish again.
jopacaco 3y ago

The sauce is excellent . But it takes to long for such a plain dinner
angel99216 4y ago

Wonderful! I loved the sauce and tofu made in the oven is just great. I'll definitely be making this again!
Juliepac 4y ago

The sauce was sweet and thick and my husband LOVED it. He used the leftovers to make a BBQ sandwich for the next day's lunch. I really love the tofu cooking process though - what a great base for lots of things. Great side recommendations, too!! :)
JessieEK 4y ago

This recipe is making my mouth water...yum. It seems to be easy, just a bit time consuming, but if it tastes great....WHO CARES? I can't wait to test this meal.
Petscanner 4y ago

Awesome! The BBQ recipe itself is really good and can be used on chicken as well. I'll make it again for dinner!
mamakitchen 5y ago

not sure if this worked properly the sauce was great but way too much for the tofu and my tofu was dry and tough? oven too high? 1st time we've tried tofu so hope its cook error
coolie11 5y ago

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