Devils work seitan ribs

SERVES: 10  TIME: 3 hours

Ribs are probably one of the most carnivore-centric dishes you can eat – literally off of a carcass. Having both been meat eaters we understand the allure, but in fact it’s more great flavours, meaty and fulfilling texture and that indelible taste of BBQ smoke that really whets the whistle.

Seitan has become a very prominent feature on the vegan table due to it’s texture and ability to take on flavours. It’s made from vital wheat gluten

and is high in protein so a really solid choice for vegans despite it maybe not being the healthiest selection.

We tried it for the first time as ribs at our Good Grills Gone Bad BBQ. It was really fun to work with and homemade BBQ sauce made it POP OFF. Rave reviews from the guests – give it a whirl…

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  1. Mix all of the first five dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

  2. In another bowl whisk up all the water, tahini, soy and liquid smoke.

  3. Whack on your oven to 180°c to get warm.

  4. Make a little dent in the dry mix and pour the liquids in. Fold in carefully until it has formed a dough. The more you knead it, the tougher it will be, so try not to handle more than is necessary. You want your ribs to be quite spongy rather than dense.P1000669

  5. Smush it into an oven tray and shape it into a rectangle about 25 cm long and 15 cm wide. It should be at least 1.5cm in thickness.

  6. Once you’ve done this, using a sharp knife, mark out 12 strips lengthways without totally cutting through the seitan dough.

  7. Hoss it into the oven to bake for about 20 mins. When it comes out it should have hardened and risen very slightly.

  8. Time to slather it in that sexy BBQ sauce, all over the top and underside. You can leave it like this to marinate for about 2 or 3 hours if you want to intensify the flavour.

  9. Pop your seitan rib rack onto the grill and give it about 10 minutes on each side to very slightly blacken and crisp. Keep topping up with BBQ sauce brushed across the surface.

  10. When it’s sufficiently blasted, follow the lines you laid out earlier and with a serrated knife slice them into strips.

  11. Serve up with the rest of your goodies or just even more BBQ sauce and some naughty chips.

This is such an easy and satisfying seitan recipe – you literally don’t have an excuse not to try it. No bones, no blood, no bodies. Just some serious flava.

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