Truly the Best Vegan BBQ Sandwich, made with soy curls and ready in just 20 minutes. If you haven’t cooked with soy curls before, you’re missing out! Soy curls are made from whole soybeans, are non-GMO and have 10 grams of protein per serving. Perfect for potlucks, bbq’s or game day!

vegan bbq sandwich on parchment paper with coleslaw

Have you tried soy curls yet?

I’ve had them at various vegan restaurants before but only recently started playing with them at home, and let me tell you, I am impressed! I think they are one of the best meat alternatives around.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the vegan meats out there, and I only eat them occasionally. I much prefer beans, tofu or tempeh. But I think these soy curls will have a regular place in our menu, and I’m excited to create more recipes with them!

Soy curls are made by Butler Foods, and you can also order them on Amazon. They are much cheaper if you buy several bags at once, and at my local health food store I can buy them in bulk for a really great deal, so make sure to check your stores to see if you can find them at a decent price. (I’m not being sponsored to write this post or anything, I just like soy curls!)

These Vegan BBQ Sandwiches with Soy Curls couldn’t be easier. First, you have to re-hydrate the soy curls by soaking them in warm water for about 10 minutes.


soy curls being soaked in a bowl

Drain them, pull them apart a bit if desired, and add to a large pan, along with most of the bbq sauce. You can make my Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce (I highly recommend it!), or use your favorite brand from the store.

Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, and then serve on buns or rolls with Classic Vegan Coleslaw. Delish!

soy curls with bbq sauce on top in pan

Are soy curls healthy?

Well, you can decide for yourself, but I feel perfectly good about including them every so often in my plant based diet.

They only have 1 ingredient, which is whole soybeans, so they aren’t that highly processed soy protein isolate, which a lot of the vegan meats out there are made of. I put them in the category of tofu or tempeh, which I also like to enjoy occasionally.

This is the nutritional breakdown of Butler Soy Curls. As you can see, they’re a high protein and pretty low calorie food.

nutrition facts of soy curls

What do soy curls taste like?

Soy curls are so good! They are chewy and they really soak up the flavor of whatever you cook them in. These BBQ soy curls are chewy, juicy and have a great mouth feel. They will satisfy any bbq craving you have!

BONUS: My kids love them!

close up of vegan bbq sandwich with soy curls

If you make this recipe, let me know how it goes! Rate it & leave a comment below. Enjoy!


vegan bbq burger on parchment paper with coleslaw
4.93 stars (14 ratings)

The Best Vegan BBQ Sandwich with Soy Curls

Truly the Best Vegan BBQ Sandwich, made with soy curls. If you haven't cooked with soy curls before, you're missing out! Soy curls are made from whole soybeans, are non-GMO and have 10 grams of protein per serving. Perfect for potlucks, bbq's or game day!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings



  • Add the entire bag of soy curls to a large bowl, and cover with warm water. Let soak for 10 minutes to re-hydrate, and then drain the excess water. 
  • While the soy curls are soaking, make the Quick and Easy Vegan Barbecue Sauce, if using.
  • Once drained, put them back in the large bowl and pull them apart with your hands to create a more "pulled meat", if desired. This step is not completely necessary, but I like them a bit smaller and pulled.
  • Now, place the soy curls in a large frying pan. Add 3/4 of the barbecue sauce and cook over low-medium heat, stirring frequently. 
  • Remove from heat, and serve on buns or rolls with Classic Vegan Coleslaw, if desired.


Nutritional calculations are for bbq soy curls only, not a bun or coleslaw.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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  1. Great recipe Nora. I’ve made it a couple of times and I and everyone in my family loved it. Do you think it could be made a day or two in advance and refrigerated before serving? Thanks so much!

  2. Excellent BBQ sandwiches   The texture of the soy curls is “meaty” which I like.   And it held me well, a little more substantial than jackfruit.     And so easy to make.   I used your cole slaw recipe which was 5 stars as well.   Thanks for the great recipe.   

    1. The BBQ sauce recipe makes 2 1/2 cups of sauce, so you can keep the remainders in the fridge for later or use the extras as a topping on the sandwiches.

  3. We had this last night and it was delicious! Both my husband and son had 2 servings, so it’s definitely a keeper. It was my second time using soy curls! I look forward to seeing you create more recipes with soy curls!

  4. So delicious! This recipe was so easy and quick to make! I added some herbs, brown sugar, and smokey salt to make this next-level good. Gonna be a staple recipe for me ??

  5. I made this for 4th of July and it was a big hit. I added liquid smoke and minced fresh ginger to the sauce. I made the cole slaw too. 

  6. This is our second go round with this absolutely wonderful recipe. I make the bbq sauce and the cole slaw the day before and both are excellent! Bought the Butler Soy Curls and received a free Chipotle tofu crumbs package which we’ve enjoyed several times with our tacos, again great. This is one of all time favorites and never lets us down (served with pickles of choice). Cannot wait to dive into yet another one of your fantastic recipes. Thanks for all of your hard work! It’s much appreciated…

    1. This was AWESOME! I don’t like bbq jackfruit, so this was the first time in over a year of being vegetarian that I’ve had a sandwich like this. This was also my first attempt at soy curls. This recipe is so easy and so delicious, I will definitely make this again!

  7. These were absolutely yummy!! My teenager is vegan, so I’m always looking for recipes for her. I made these, and she ate two heaping sandwiches and requested the leftovers for lunch the next day. I’m not vegan, and I, too, absolutely loved these!! They are so delicious and even my husband (a diehard carnivore) remarked on how fabulous the kitchen smelled when I was making them. I will definitely be making these again!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! My pre-teens love this sandwich so much, and so do I. I’m glad you found a vegan recipe the whole family can enjoy.

  8. Got my soy curls today . I’m allergic to chicken so seasoned the curls with McCormick’s Grill mates Chicken seasoning as I was browning them. Then added your BBQ sauce. Yummy. It may not be chicken, but it tastes great. But next time I get the curls I’ll go straight to Butler Foods and get the 12 pound box and maybe a bag of taco crumbles. Oh the possibilities. Thanks so much for posting this recipe with the great info.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the soy curls! Thanks for sharing. Taco crumbles would be great! I’ve also made sausage crumbles for pizza, yum.

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