Grilled Eggplant with Vegan BBQ Sauce


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6 Ratings
Join us this week in making this Sweet & Spicy Grilled Eggplant recipe, it is tender in the middle and has a slightly charred edge. Not only is it delicious but it is Vegan and will be a favorite at the dinner table.


  • 1 large eggplant
    Vegan BBQ Sauce:
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 1 in. knob ginger, minced
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • 1 cup Vegan BBQ Sauce
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tsp soy sauce


  1. Combine all BBQ Sauce ingredients in a bowl, stirring to combine. In a separate bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients.
  2. Slice the eggplant into ½” slices. Combine the eggplant and marinade in a sealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Spray the grill plate with spray oil and place into the air fryer oven. Select the GRILL, preset and adjust the time to 8 minutes. Let the grill preheat (you will hear an alarm).
  4. Place 4 slices onto the grill plate and let cook for 4 minutes, flip, and continue to cook for another 4 minutes. To grill the remaining eggplant, select the manual mode and adjust the times and temperatures to 450 for 8 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with rice and top with remaining marinade.