Vegetarian

Barbecued tofu at Brothers satisfies soul-food cravings

First Wolfe's closed, then OiNKs! bit the dust, leaving very little besides Moe's in terms of barbecue options for non-meat-eaters in the metro area. But there is another chain option -- a locally grown chain, of course -- that serves up a decent barbecued tofu: Brothers BBQ.

The tofu is available in the same combinations that Brothers offers for meat: beef ribs, pork ribs, beef brisket, pulled-pork shoulder and chicken. The sliced tofu strips are "ash-fried and grilled with our Sweet BBQ sauce for caramelization," which you can see on the bite-sized pieces of tofu in the photo, along with the grill marks. You can order the tofu on a sandwich for $6.79, a sandwich special (which comes with a side and a drink) for $8.79, or the meat special, a full half-pound of tofu with two sides and a bun for $9.49. (Brothers also offers the tofu "meat pack" -- one pound of tofu, two pints of sides and four buns -- and tofu by the quarter-pound, half-pound and pound.)

This tofu doesn't have a very strong smoked flavor, but it's delicious nonetheless; the caramelization leaves the strips crispy on the outside, and the sauce gives each bite a sweet flavor. Loaded up on a bun and drizzled with more of Brothers' sweet sauce, it satisfied our cravings for some down-home-style food (sans meat).

Apart from the baked beans (which contain tidbits of pork), most of the sides are veggie-friendly, too, including the mac and cheese, coleslaw and potato salad (although vegans will want to avoid all those options). You can also get a side salad, and Brothers serves Boulder Canyon potato chips, thick-sliced and kettle-cooked. Mmm.

Brothers also added banana pudding to its menu recently, making a decent veggie (not vegan)-friendly dessert.

The chain has five metro-area locations; visit www.brothers-bbq.com.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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