Two vegan hamburger buns
Toasted sesame oil for toasting the buns
½ cup wild arugula for filling
Sriracha for garnish
For the BBQ Tofu:
one (16-ounce) firm tofu, pressed overnight, slice in half (2 tofu slabs)
For the Barbecue Rub:
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
½ tablespoon garlic powder
¼ tablespoon ground cumin
¼ tablespoon ground pepper
For the Barbecue Sauce in a Flash:
6 tablespoons organic ketchup
2 tablespoons minced onions
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon Barbecue Rub (see recipe above)
pinch ground cayenne
pinch ground pepper
Make BBQ Tofu:
Put all the "Barbecue Rub" ingredients (dry mustard, onion powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, ground cumin and ground pepper) in a small bowl and stir to combine. This is your "Barbecue Rub", set it aside.
Put all the "Barbecue Sauce in a Flash" ingredients (ketchup, minced onions, dark brown sugar, seasoned rice vinegar, garlic, Barbecue Rub, ground cayenne and ground pepper) in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to boil over medium-high heat.
Decrease the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Optional: For a completely smooth sauce (without texture from onions), let the sauce cool a bit after cooking, then put it in a blender and process until smooth.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rub the tofu slabs all over with the "Barbecue Rub." Apply a thin layer of oil (or use a non-stick spray) to condition the surface of the pan, when needed.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes until slightly browned and flipping both sides halfway.
In a large saucepan at medium heat, add "Barbecue Sauce in a Flash." Quickly coat both sides of tofu and stirringly occasionally until desired temperature is reached (about 5-8 minutes). Do this for both tofu slabs. Drizzle the sauce over the tofu in the end. Optional: You can press the tofu slabs in a panini grill quickly for the fun grill marks.
Toast your hamburger buns onto the griddle pan (at medium-high heat) with toasted sesame oil until slightly golden brown. Spread one of the buns with mayo. Add the BBQ tofu, wild arugula and a bit of Sriracha. Add whatever filling you like! Serve and enjoy!