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Smoked Tofu Bowls With Pineapple, Avocado, and Bbq Sauce


Switching to plant-based doesn’t have to mean giving up all your BBQ favorites! We love smoked vegan food, like these BBQ tofu bowls with sweet pineapple, savory spice rub, and a load of smoky flavor!

Vegans dieters quickly get to know the best plant-based tofu burgers and hot dogs, and which brands leave something to be desired in the flavor and texture department. 

And while we love a good veggie dog or burger on a hot summer’s day, plant-based BBQ foods don’t stop there - once you learn how to smoke tofu, the game changes completely. Smoking tofu is a less time-consuming process than smoking meat because tofu takes a fraction of the time to heat. 

This recipe does not lack flavor - between the homemade, dry BBQ rub, miso marinade, and BBQ sauce, your tastebuds will be partying with every bite!

We like building our smoked BBQ tofu in a bowl along with a scoop of steamed rice. 

Whether you’re a vegan looking for some new BBQ options or an omnivore excited to find new things to smoke on a smoker, we highly recommend you try out this tasty recipe.

    Smoked Bean Curd - Nutrition Information

    Per serving: ¼ recipe

    Calories: 515 kcal; Carbohydrates: 92 g; Protein: 14 g; Fat: 11 g; Sodium: 1099 mg; Fiber: 8 g; Sugar: 39 g.

    *These numbers are an estimate only and will vary with recipe preparation. 

    Smoked Tofu Recipe - FAQ

    What is smoked tofu?

    Tofu has a very light and mild taste naturally, which is why you’ll often see it packaged with flavorings. One popular flavor is smoked, and though the packaged versions are okay, nothing tastes better than tofu smoked straight on your own smoker at home! 

    Much like smoked meat, placing a block of tofu in a smoker will infuse it with the smoky flavor of whichever wood you choose to smoke. We love the fruity quality of apple or cherry wood with tofu, but you can also try hickory or any other wood for slightly different results. 

    Smoking tofu gives it a BBQ flavor that is reminiscent of a non-vegan favorite, bacon. 

    Is smoked tofu healthy?

    Yes! It’s a plant-based food that’s high in protein, low in fat, and loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. This smoked BBQ tofu contains quite a bit of sugar, so it’s best kept as a treat meal to enjoy in moderation. 

    If you’d like to lighten up the sugar, use less BBQ sauce and cut down the sugar in the spice rub. 

    Is smoked tofu vegan?

    Smoked tofu is 100% safe for a vegan-friendly diet. 

    Can I use another type of tofu?

    We used firm, but you can easily swap it out for extra-firm tofu if you’d like. We don’t recommend trying to use soft or silken tofu for this recipe, as they’ll completely fall apart in the smoker. The water content in these more delicate tofu types is far too high for it to cook properly using this method. 

    Do I need to press my tofu?

    Yes! Pressing might seem like an easy step to skip, but it makes all the difference in how your tofu recipe turns out. Tofu is relatively high in water, acting like an absorbent sponge that comes out of the package already soaked. 

    Press the tofu to remove its water so it can suck up your marinade and sauces more effectively. Pressing helps us determine how long to marinate tofu and speeds the process along. Plus, you’ll avoid any excess sogginess. 

    We use a tofu press and leave the block for 15 minutes. If you don’t own a press, you can place your tofu block between two paper towel-lined plates. This method takes longer. You should leave at least 2-3 hours for your tofu to press. 

    What can I serve with it?

    We made our BBQ tofu into a rice bowl to add some healthy veggies and grains to this high-protein meal. That, and we just think it’s delicious served this way!

    You can also pair your smoked tofu with stir-fried veggies, rice noodles on a bun like “BBQ pork,” or roasted potato salad. All BBQ food goes well with sthis superfood!

    Final Notes on BBQ Tofu

    This BBQ tofu is well-loved by vegans and non-vegans alike - try it at your next backyard BBQ and watch these tofu morsels disappear!

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