These mouthwatering barbecue tempeh sandwiches are made with crispy cubes of pan-fried tempeh smothered in spicy barbecue sauce that’s been spiked with juicy mango puree!
Guys, I’m pretty much over summer. Not surprising, right? The temperature went well into the nineties where I live this weekend, maybe over a hundred? I’m not sure, I hid in the house for the most part. We’re not a fan of the hot weather in my home…well, my husband and I aren’t anyway. My cats seem to love it, and Cody, the plumper of my two is fond of plopping out under my chair at the dining room table were I normally eat/work in the hopes that I’ll rub his belly with my bare toes, which I usually do. Scratching a cat’s belly with bare feet is about as fun as the summer gets for me.
Well, that enjoying tasty summer food. I do have some summer food favorites. Barbecue. Mango. Sandwiches. More sandwiches. They all make frequent appearances on my table and on this website this time of year. So, I guess it’s about time they all came together, and they did a beautiful job of coming together in this one. This sandwich was juicy, sweet, spicy, and loaded with flavor.
My other favorite thing about summer is cranking up the air conditioner and eating dinner on the couch along with husband and cats while watching a movie, usually a movie about Christmas, skiing, snow monsters or something like that. That’s exactly how I enjoyed these sandwiches.
Mango Barbecue Tempeh Sandwiches
For the Mango Barbecue Sauce
- 1 cup mango puree, from about 1 large or 2 small ripe mangoes
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon sriracha, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
For the Barbecue Tempeh
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 (8 ounce) packages tempeh, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/2 cup diced mango, about 1 small or 1/2 large mango
- 2 scallions chopped
For the Sandwiches
- 4 6 inch sandwich rolls, sliced open
- vegan mayo
- lettuce and sliced tomato
Place all barbecue sauce ingredients into a small saucepan and mix well. Place over low heat and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes at a low simmer, adding a bit of water if the mixture gets too thick.
Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and place over medium heat. Add tempeh and cook about 10 minutes, flipping once or twice, until browned on multiple sides. Add barbecue sauce and flip a few times to coat tempeh. Remove from heat and add mango and scallions. Flip a few more times to incorporate.
Slather buns with vegan mayo and stuff with tempeh mixture. Top with lettuce and tomato. Serve.
You could probably swap out the blackstrap molasses and maple syrup with 2 tablespoons of regular molasses, but I haven't tested the recipe this way, so I can't say for sure.br]The mango barbecue sauce makes great dipping material for my [Jamaican jerk sweet potato fries.
Nutrition information includes 1/4 cup of lettuce, 1/4 of a tomato and 1 tablespoon of vegan mayo.