Vegan Mock Pork BBQ – Carolina Style

My favorite parts of the barbecue experience have always been (1) the red slaw, and (2) the sauce. It’s all about the sauce. As a native North Carolinian, I take my barbecue seriously. And yes, the debate wages on…Eastern style vs. Western style. My version is a bit of a hybrid. It has ketchup, so it’s not a true Eastern style sauce. No purity here, lol! This recipe is based on the mock pork barbecue I fell in love with at Whole Foods a few years ago. And to be clear – this is NOT vegan health food. The base is Delight Soy, a processed ingredient from a Morrisville, NC company. I wouldn’t eat this everyday, but it’s a pretty amazing treat once in a while. (With Lexington Style Barbecue Slaw, of course.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Delight Soy nuggets or patties*
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Texas Pete hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • red chili flakes to taste

Preparation:

  1. Thaw the Delight Soy nuggets or patties.
  2. While they are thawing, make the sauce. Combine all ingredients, apple cider vinegar through chili flakes, in a pot. Heat until boiling to dissolve the sugar and meld the flavors.
  3. Let the sauce cool to room temperature.
  4. Shred the nuggets or patties in a food processor. Don’t over process – just pulse until the soy has a good consistency. This is your barbecue base.
  5. Add some sauce to the soy barbecue. NOT all of the sauce, mind you. There will be plenty for saving and adding extra later – I only used about a third of the sauce on the barbecue.
  6. Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to develop. If you can wait that long.
  7. That’s it! Easy peasy. Add as much extra sauce as you want, and enjoy!

Note:

Delight Soy is not available in all areas. You could also use Beyond Meat chicken style strips or a similar product.