Tempeh Kebabs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

June 25, 2014
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Sweet, tangy homemade barbecue sauce is a perfect complement to the nutty, earthy taste of tempeh. This easy, crowd-pleasing dish is ideal for summer entertaining. —Gena Hamshaw

What You'll Need
  • For the tempeh kebabs:
  • 16 ounces tempeh (two 8-ounce packages), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into 1 1/2 inch-squares
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, washed and trimmed
  • For the barbecue sauce:
  • one 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 dash red pepper flakes
  1. Whisk all barbecue sauce ingredients together. Pour the sauce into a casserole dish (9 x 13 is fine, as is 9 x 9) and add the vegetables and tempeh. Coat the vegetables and tempeh well, and allow them to marinate in the fridge for two hours (or overnight).
  2. Divide the vegetables and tempeh evenly onto the skewers, alternating ingredients. Reserve some extra sauce for serving.
  3. Heat the grill to medium-high. Place skewers on the grill and cook, basting occasionally, for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and everything is browning. You can also do this on a grill pan, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on medium-high heat. Serve immediately.

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4 Reviews

unrulyplants January 22, 2023
Has been a favorite of ours for years.
Miachel P. June 30, 2016
This BBQ sauce sounds amazing. Blackstrap molasses is a great idea.
Dave January 30, 2015
Just made this recipe, fantastic!! Will definitely make these again
Baker_D July 11, 2014
Loved this, Gena! And looking forward to using the sauce in other ways, too. Thanks for a keeper.