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Vegan ribs made in a crock pot? Yes, and they are delicious! Reminiscent of picnics and barbecues, these Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs, contain non of the fats with all of the flavors. And the best part is how easy they are to make in your crock pot.


Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs

Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs

Vegan Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs – Delicious, but…

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Crockpot Barbecue Ribs, Vegan

Love the tangy barbecue sauce but avoiding meat? Try this vegan version using either seitan or tempeh. Made in the crockpot, it comes together quickly, then let the slow cooker finish for you. Created as a main dish for 6 but this also makes a great appetizer in smaller portions.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 230 kcal


  • 2 pounds Seitan or Tempeh, cut into rib-sized strips
  • 1 onion diced

Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or other favorite sweetener
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce vegan
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder


Prepare the barbecue sauce

  • In a medium bowl, add all the sauce ingredients.
  • Whisk to combine completely. Set aside.

Prepare the crock pot.

  • Set up your crock pot. Add a liner, if you use them. They do make clean up much easier.
  • Place the seitan in the crock pot.
  • Distribute the diced onion over the seitan.
  • Pour the barbecue sauce over the onions and seitan.
  • Set the temperature to low heat. Check in about 3 hours. The sauce will thicken as the seitan and onions cook.



This serves nicely over rice.
Alternatively, make it a barbecue with corn-on-the-cob and air-fried potatoes.
Crock Pot dishes such as this work well for taking to potluck dinners!


Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 33gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 918mgPotassium: 253mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 3mg
Keyword seitan, tempeh
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Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs
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