Cook This: Sticky Fig BBQ Tempeh

Sticky Fig BBQ Tempeh is a recipe perfect for enjoying BBQ hangouts this summer for vegetarian/vegans especially when paired with protein rich tempeh. This BBQ sauce is perfect for the whole crowd to use regardless of your diet lifestyle, and it’s made with only whole food ingredients such as tomatoes and sweet sticky figs. It’s a sweet style BBQ sauce that can be made with a little more heat by simple adding additional peppers. Enjoy this on tempeh, beans, chicken, fish, etc. 


  • 3 large tomatoes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup dried figs, chopped
  • ½ cup of water
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ medium red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (adjust)
  • TEMPEH //
  • 2 blocks (16oz total) of your favorite tempeh brand, organic preferred


1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add coconut oil, garlic, onion, shallots and saute.

2. Add tomatoes and all remaining ingredients including spices and cook for about 15 minutes or until the figs are soft and the skins on the tomatoes are peeling off.

3. Add all ingredients into a blender or use a hand blender to smooth the mixture and add to a large sauce pan to simmer over low heat for 2 hours, checking every so often to stir and make sure the ingredients are breaking down.

4. Adjust for spices and heat, I like adding extra heat with cayenne or red pepper flakes.

5. The end result will be a thick and sticky BBQ sauce.

6. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks and use on anything you’d like BBQ.

7. TEMPEH //

8. Simply spread a generous amount of the Sticky Fig BBQ Sauce over sliced tempeh, bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until the BBQ turns an even deeper shade of red and reduces.

9. Enjoy plan, on a plate with greens, or make a BBQ sandwich using your favorite bread.

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