Sloppy Josephs/ BBQ Sauce


  • 1 cup vegetable stock (I used Swanson vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce (I used Annie’s brand)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup diced white or yellow onion (I used white onion)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 8 whole wheat or spelt hamburger buns, lightly toasted (I used whole wheat buns)


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the stock and liquid smoke almost to boiling. Add the TVP to the stock and set aside.
  2. Whisk the tomato sauce, ketchup, BBQ Sauce, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Warm the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add rehydrated TVP and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato sauce mixture to the TVP and onion mixture and stir until completely combined.
  5. Spoon Sloppy Josephs mixture onto toasted hamburger buns and serve.

BBQ Sauce recipe


  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (I used extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce (I used Annie’s brand)
  • 1 tablespoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used 1/4 teaspoon)


  1. Sauté the onion in olive oil over medium heat until it is soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to a blender along with the garlic and onion, and puree until smooth.

Out of all the sloppy joe recipes I’ve tried, this is the most delicious one of them all ! This recipe will make you feel like you’re eating a non-vegan sloppy joe sandwich. The TVP really does look like ground beef in the finished product. This is a freakin’ awesome BBQ sauce. When I have a recipe call for BBQ sauce, this is what I use every single time. It’s nice to know that I have a reliable homemade BBQ sauce recipe instead of relying on something from the grocery store. The BBQ sauce has a sweet smoky flavor to it with just a little bit of heat from the cayenne that’ll leave the slightest tingle on your tongue.

Both recipes came from “Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food” by Alicia G. Simpson. Thank you Alicia, to me you’re a goddess ! This is one of my favorite comfort food recipes.

I wasn’t paid in any form to promote Swanson, Annie’s or “Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food” by Alicia G. Simpson.

Take care y’all !

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