I couldn’t watch TV on Monday without seeing some version of a barbecued leg, thigh or boob — even Giada was smoking meat — so I finally gave in and created my own pulled BBQ “chicken” sandwich in honor of being an American. It was smoky, spicy and totally satisfied my annual meat craving. We ate it with store-bought red potato and dill salad and locally brewed summertime beer.
1 (8 ounce) package of tempeh (poached)
1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup BBQ sauce of your choice (I like the fiery variety)
Sliced red onion
Pepper jack cheese
Heat oil in saucepan, saute bell pepper for five minutes. Crumble poached tempeh into saucepan. Add BBQ sauce and whatever other spice your heart desires. Serve on toasted jalapeno bagel with a slice of pepper jack cheese, onion and tomatoes.