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2 packages (about 2 pounds) extra-firm or firm tofu, drained
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
2 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue rub
2 cloves elephant garlic, sliced very thinly crosswise
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper
About 1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
8 Boston lettuce leaves
4 Kaiser rolls or buns, split
1 luscious, ripe red tomato, thinly sliced
1 dill pickle, thinly sliced
Cut each piece of tofu crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and
stir in the liquid smoke. Lightly brush the slices of tofu on both sides with the butter mixture. Sprinkle the barbecue
rub all over the tofu.
|2.||Preheat the oven to 350°F; you'll use it to brown the garlic (see Notes).|
|3.||Place the garlic slices in a small bowl, add the olive oil, and toss to coat. Season the garlic with salt and pepper. Spread the slices of garlic out on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake the garlic until crisp and golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes.|
|4.||Cook the tofu, following the instructions for any of the grills listed below, until sizzling and deeply browned, basting it with 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce when it has turned golden brown on both sides.|
|5.||Place 2 lettuce leaves on the bottom half of each roll. Top with the grilled tofu followed by some garlic, tomato, and pickle slices. Spoon the remaining 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce over the tofu. Top with the other half of the roll and serve at once.|
|Notes You need extra-firm or firm tofu for this recipe, preferably not silken.
You're likely to find it in the produce section of the supermarket.|
|If you have a contact grill you can brown the garlic slices on it instead of in the oven.
Preheat the grill to high. The garlic will be done after 2 to 3 minutes. If you're grilling the tofu on a contact grill,
press the slices of garlic into the top and bottom of the slices of tofu and they will grill right into the tofu.|
If You Have A...
Contact Grill: Preheat the grill; if your contact grill has a temperature control, preheat the grill to high. Place the drip pan under the front of the grill. When ready to cook, lightly oil the grill surface. Place the tofu on the hot grill, then close the lid. The tofu will be done after cooking 4 to 7 minutes. You will need to turn the tofu when basting.
Grill Pan: Place the grill pan on the stove and preheat it to medium-high over medium heat. When the grill pan is hot a drop of water will skitter in the pan. When ready to cook, lightly oil the ridges of the grill pan. Place the tofu in the hot grill pan. It will be done after cooking 3 to 5 minutes per side. Take care not to drip a lot of barbecue sauce into the grill pan. After it has cooled down, soak the grill pan in hot water to loosen any burnt-on barbecue sauce.
Built-in Grill: Preheat the grill to high, then, if it does not have a nonstick surface, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the tofu on the hot grate. It will be done after cooking 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Freestanding Grill: Preheat the grill to high; there's no need to oil the grate. Place the tofu on the hot grill. It will be done after cooking 4 to 6 minutes per side.
Fireplace Grill: Rake red hot embers under the gridiron and preheat it for 3 to 5 minutes; you want a hot, 2 to 3 Mississippi fire. When ready to cook, brush and oil the gridiron. Place the tofu on the hot grate. It will be done after cooking 3 to 5 minutes per side.|