Original Tofu Jerky Recipe


  • 1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu, drained
  • 3 Tb. barbecue sauce
  • 3 Tb. soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar


  1. Place tofu block between paper towels on a plate. Set another plate on top, and put a weight on top of the plate such as a can to press the water from the block of tofu while you prepare the sauce.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, garlic powder, black pepper, barbeque sauce and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Slice tofu into 1/4 inch thick slices, and dip them in the sauce to coat. Place in a tightly sealed container. Place in the refrigerator, and let marinate for one to two hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature, around 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Line the oven rack with heavy duty aluminum foil, and place in the lowest position of the oven. Place the tofu slices on the foil.
  5. Bake for about 8 hours, checking and turning over tofu slices every few hours. Tofu jerky is done when it is hard and uniformly dark in color.

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4 Responses »

  1. by noreen

    this is excellent. meat is not all that! once you experience diversity, tofu can be used in many different ways and added to many different things. Yummy! noreen : )

  2. by Tricia

    Thanks, Noreen,

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’ll bookmark it and let y’all know how it turns out.


  3. by louie

    will this work in a food dehydrator? instead of an oven?
    also, can tofu be marinated with a food saver vacume machine like meat can?
    Im a brand new vegetarian, so im just learning about tofu

  4. by Gene

    Meat is not all that? Every vegetarian lying to themselves and trying to spread lies with statements like that. You are not better than everyone else.

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