Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hours
Skill Leveleasy

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This recipe is perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and BBQ lovers alike (yes, meat lovers will like this too!). This unique dish transforms extra-firm tofu into smoky, flavorful bites. With a simple seasoning and a glaze of your favorite BBQ sauce, these tofu burnt ends are easy to make in a smoker or on a grill. From pressing the tofu to achieving the perfect smoky flavor, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need. Join me in creating a plant-based BBQ masterpiece that is sure to turn some heads at your next outdoor gathering.



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  1. Preheat the smoker

    Preheat your smoker to 250°F. It's not mandatory, but you can add a pan of water to the smoker to add moisture.

  2. Press the tofu

    If time allows, use a tofu press to remove some of the water from the tofu. This will help enhance the flavor of the smoked tofu and provide a better overall bite when finished cooking.

  3. Cube and season the tofu

    Cut the tofu into 6 even cubes. You can cut them smaller if you want more flavor. Sprinkle a solid coating of the BBQ seasoning evenly over all sides of the cubes. Allow the rub to adhere for 30 minutes. For additional flavor penetration, season the tofu the night before and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to cook it.

    Cube the tofu before smoking
    Season the tofu using BBQ rub before smoking
  4. Start smoking the tofu

    Place the tofu cubes on a wire rack to prevent them from falling through the grates. Smoke at 250°F for 1 1/2 hours. They should have a nice color and be a bit firmer.

    Smoke the tofu at 250°F for 1 1/2 hours
  5. Coat the smoked tofu in BBQ sauce

    Once the tofu has finished smoking, remove it from the smoker and place it in an aluminum pan. Pour the BBQ sauce over the smoked tofu and toss well to combine. Be careful not to crumble the tofu. Return the pan to the smoker and increase the temperature to 300°F. Cook for 30-45 minutes longer until the BBQ sauce is tacky. 

    Toss the smoked tofu in BBQ sauce
  6. Serve the smoked tofu burnt ends with additional BBQ sauce

    Allow the burnt ends to cool for a few minutes, toss again to fully coat the cubes, and serve with additional BBQ sauce.


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