Shredded Carrots with Homemade BBQ Sauce! If you love pulled BBQ then you're going to love this healthy and delicious recipe.
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A VEGAN BARBECUE RECIPE THAT MEAT EATERS WILL LOVE
Pulled BBQ carrots. You think I’m kidding? I’m not. But before we start talking about this DELICIOUS recipe, let’s dish.
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WHY THIS BBQ CARROT RECIPE WORKS
Y'all, won't believe how incredibly chewy roasted shredded carrots are. When you cook a whole carrot for too long it can get mushy, but when you shred them and roast them, they get a little crispy on the edges and super chewy.
This is what makes them the perfect vegetable for making pulled vegan barbecue.
We also add some shredded onion to the pan when we roast the carrots because it adds a great flavor.
Y'all, you just don’t know how fabulous carrots are until you turn them into chewy, meaty, slightly spicy, pulled BBQ deliciousness.
WHERE THE INSPIRATION CAME FROM
I thought of the idea of making pulled BBQ carrots during a visit to The Wonderland Express exhibit at The Chicago Botanic Garden.
There was a spirits and wine tasting at the event and I needed to eat. Unfortunately, and true to the Standard American Diet, everything had meat, cheese, or cream in it.
They had a beef sandwich with slaw on the menu, so I got creative and asked if I could have a slaw sandwich, which gave me the idea to create a pulled BBQ veggie recipe.
Carrots seemed like the obvious vegetable because they shred easily, they’re the color of BBQ sauce—more or less—and they have a sweetness that would rock with the spicy sauce.
HOW TO MAKE BBQ PULLED CARROTS
This is sooooo good. And it’s easy to make. If you have a food processor it’s even easier.
Make the Carrots and Onions.
- Shred four or five large carrots and thinly slice a large red onion.
- Spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle the tiniest amount of olive oil on them, toss to coat.
- Cover the pan with foil, and roast for approximately thirty minutes. Make sure you shake the carrots and onions in the pan every ten minutes so they roast evenly.
- Take the foil off during the last 10 minutes so the edges get crispy.
- Put them in the pan of BBQ sauce and simmer for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
- While the carrots and onions are roasting—it smells so good—make the BBQ sauce. Or, if you’re feeling lazy you can use a vegan sauce, such as Amy’s or Stubbs.
- Once the carrots and onions are roasted to a soft texture and are slightly caramelized, you can put them in a medium sauce pan with a cup of barbecue sauce and simmer for ten minutes.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE
Our sauce is the best! We rarely make those kinds of statements, and we're making an exception this time.
Our readers love it, our friends and family love it, and we love it. Enough said. 🙂
Add the BBQ sauce ingredients to the blender and blend until fully combined.
Put the sauce in a pan and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and let it cook for about 15 minutes.
HOW SHOULD I SERVE WITH VEGANOSITY PULLED BBQ CARROTS?
We're so glad you asked. Here is a list of some of our favorite side dishes to serve with this vegan BBQ sandwich.
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PULLED BBQ CARROTS
- 5 large carrots – peeled and shredded
- 1 large red onion – peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
For the BBQ sauce:
- 1 cup of tomato sauce
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of dark molasses
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar See Note
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper see note in instructions
- 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
- 1 pepper from a small can of peppers in adobo sauce – remove the seeds the pepper is optional, this will make the sauce extra spicy, if you use it, make sure to remove the seeds
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- Preheat the oven to 385° and line a baking pan with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper you can line it with lightly oiled aluminum foil or lightly grease the bottom of the pan to avoid sticking.
- Shred the carrots with the shredder attachment of your food processor or with a box or hand held grater.
- Thinly slice the onion.
- Put the carrots and onion in the baking pan and drizzle the olive oil over them. Toss well to coat and then spread them evenly in the pan. Sprinkle ground sea salt and ground pepper evenly over the top. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast for twenty minutes (shake the pan every ten minutes to ensure even roasting), remove the foil and roast for ten more minutes. The carrots and onions should be nice and soft, and lightly caramelized.
- NOTE: If you are sensitive to spicy food blend the BBQ sauce without the cayenne pepper first, then add it slowly until you find the heat that's good for you. Also, if you don't tolerate spicy food, skip the pepper in adobo sauce
- While the carrots and onions are roasting, put the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until fully combined and smooth. Pour into a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and cook for twenty minutes, stir occasionally to avoid scorching the sauce.
- Add the roasted carrots and onions to the sauce and stir well to coat. Simmer for fifteen minutes.