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Tempeh Ribs with Peach Habanero Barbecue Sauce

Use peaches to make a sweet barbeque sauce that pairs perfectly with the tempeh ribs.
Course: Entree
Keyword: barbecue sauce, habanero, johnson and wales, johnson and wales university, meat free, peaches, tempeh, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 465kcal
Author: Alyssa Walters, Jessie Vandygriff, William Brasch, Chef Adam Sacks and Katherine Privitt, of Johnson & Wales University.



  • pounds tempeh
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Barbecue Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 habanero peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger paste
  • 1 large peach, pitted and small dice
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons agave
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • Slice tempeh into half-inch strips. Place in a shallow saucepan and pour vegetable stock over; tempeh should be completely submerged. Bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes. Remove tempeh from stock and pat dry.
  • Make spice rub by combining sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper. Toss tempeh with rub.
  • In a medium sautépan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Place tempeh in pan and flip after approximately 6 minutes; sides should be brown and crispy.
  • To make barbecue sauce: Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Sauté onions until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, habanero and ginger, cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients, bring to a low simmer for 45 minutes. Blend sauce until completely combined. Blend in a Vitamix, or any blender, until smooth.
  • Serve tempeh with sauce.


Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 32g | Sodium: 1040mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g