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BBQ Tofu

January 1, 2009




  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 1 cup kosher salt

  • ¼ cup black pepper, ground

  • ¼ cup light chili powder

  • ½ cup smoked paprika

  • ¼ cup coriander, ground

  • ¼ cup ginger powder

  • 1/3 cup cumin, ground

  • 1/3 cup onion powder

  • 1/3 cup garlic, granulated

  • 1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper

  • ¼ cup oregano, ground

  • 4 pounds tofu, extra firm, cut into ¾” cubes

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced small

  • 1 red pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced small

  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped – reserve a few leaves for garnish

  • 2 cups barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Combine brown sugar and all spices together in a medium bowl.  Place cubed tofu in a separate bowl and toss with enough of the spice rub to coat the cubes well.  Spread tofu out on a greased sheet pan without piling.  Bake the tofu in the oven until well browned and crusty, approximately 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat a heavy sauté pan over medium high heat, add oil and caramelize the onion and red pepper until well browned.  Combine tofu, onion and pepper mixture and cilantro in a bowl and coat generously with barbecue sauce by folding, so as not to break up the tofu.  Place tofu back on the sheet pan and bake for 5 more minutes.  Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve immediately.

Makes 8-12 servings


Recipe by Michael C., Flik Independent School Dining Executive Chef


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