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Root Beer BBQ Sauce with Onions + Seitan

Posted Aug 01 2013 7:20am

It seems sillier and sillier to worry about labeling my diet.

But when it comes down to it, the umbrella term for most of what I eat is, simply put: WEIRD.

Weird, however, can still be delicious.

As Ms.  Laura knows all too well.

I'm a day early for the link-up. sue me.

When I opened this can of Ginger Root Beer Zevia , I realized I didn’t want to drink it.

I wanted to COOK with it.

I started thinking about my family’s long-held love for Coca-Cola Chicken, and the Cherry Cola Chicken dish I once made as a sweetly savory spin-off. And that, of course, led me to ponder…

“What about ROOT BEER chicken?”

Or, well, fake chicken in the form of seitan.

‘Meat’ made from wheat.

Now that’s coagulation weird.

Combining both my ‘log style’ Pepperoni Seitan  with a much-less herbacious version of my Herbed Seitan  resulted in a fake-out chewy chicken impersonator.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch in the pan, that simple, impromptu Root Beer BBQ Sauce was making love to magic with some Vidalia onions.

You could use less onions, proportionally, but they are–to quote Gwen Stefani*–hella. good.

*I love the 90s. And these onions.

 And really, you don’t HAVE to follow my vegan lead on this one.

(But I would recommend the Sweet Potato Straw as a side.)

A BBQ sauce of this slightly sweet, tangy and thick, “What just happened here?” caliber should be liberally applied to whatever you want to eat:

Be it wheat. Or meat.

 Root Beer BBQ Sauce (and Onions)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced [more or less as desired]
  • 12 oz. root beer (I used Zevia Ginger Root Beer)
  • 2 8-oz. cans no-salt added tomato sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • salt, pepper, cumin
  1. In a saute or sauce pan, steam onions and garlic in a bit of water until beginning to soften (or sautee in a smidge of oil).
  2. Add root beer and tomato sauce to the pan.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced to desired thickness.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and Worcestershire.


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