It’s a little hard to believe but we moved from Charlotte to Cleveland just over a year ago. I adore Cleveland and yet I also loved Charlotte and miss many things about our lives there. One of my favorite aspects of Charlotte is the great food scene, including delicious southern BBQ.

Spicy BBQ Cualiflower steaks on the grill

Back in 2016, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Ogre Sauce, a tasty BBQ sauce made locally in Charlotte based on the creator’s grandmother’s recipe. I used their original sauce to make delicious roast BBQ shrimp – perfect in a bowl, on tacos, with salad, as an appetizer, really anything they’re so good.

So I was thrilled to hear from the guys at Ogre Sauce about their latest product and Kickstarter campaign. Joe and I both love spicy food and I must admit I think the new Ogre Sauce HOT is even better than the original. It is so flavorful with the perfect amount of spice.

Ogre Sauce and Spicy BBQ Cauliflower steaks

I brushed a good amount of the Ogre Sauce HOT on thick-sliced organic cauliflower steaks and threw them on the grill then brushed them with even more of the hot bbq sauce. A drizzle of ranch and they are good to go. We enjoyed the spicy bbq cauliflower steaks for dinner one night. I served them with cool green gazpacho and a sliced baguette for dipping in the soup and the bbq sauce. Not only are the cauliflower steaks a little different, they’re healthy and delicious, and you can put a whole meal together in less than 30 minutes.

Grilled Spicy BBQ Cauliflower Steaks with Ranch

If you would like to help make Ogre Sauce HOT available to more people and try some out yourself, check out the Kickstarter campaign here.  The campaign runs until August 1, 2018.

Spicy BBQ Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Serves: 2
Thick-cut cauliflower steaks brushed with spicy bbq sauce are grilled to perfect and served with a drizzle of creamy ranch dressing for an easy and delicious plant-based meal.
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ⅓ c + 2T Ogre Sauce HOT
  • Ranch dressing (I like Tessamae's ranch)
  1. Heat the grill to medium high heat.
  2. Carefully cut the cauliflower into 2" thick slices to create the steaks. I usually get two steaks from one organic cauliflower, you may be able to get three from a larger cauliflower. Reserve the florets from either end for a different recipe.
  3. Brush both sides and the top of each cauliflower steak with the ⅓ c of Ogre Sauce Hot. Try to cover the entire steak with sauce.
  4. Grill the steaks on medium-high heat for about 4-6 minutes per side, until they are lightly charred and tender.
  5. Remove from the grill and brush with 1 additional tablespoon of sauce per each stake, again covering both sides and the top. Use additional sauce as preferred.
  6. Drizzle each steak with ranch dressing and serve immediately.


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10 thoughts on “Spicy BBQ Grilled Cauliflower Steaks”

  1. I have to try this! I’m not a cooker but I can and do make cauliflower wings and love them! Plus, I don’t eat red meat so this is a tasty alternative! Gotta try it!

    1. This will be a super easy one for you then and mix it up a little bit! The cauli steak is really satisfying, even for meat eaters 🙂

    1. Nothing like a good hot sauce to spice things up. I like the original Ogre Sauce a lot but their new HOT version is definitely my favorite.

  2. YUMmy!! What a great way to spice up cauliflower (yes, pun intended!). I’ve always been a fan of buffalo cauliflower “wings” but never thought to add BBQ instead. I’ll have to try it out!

    1. I love a good food pun! Buffalo cauliflower is so good and this is definitely a fun spin on it. Any bbq sauce would work, I would recommend something not too sweet.

  3. We’ve really been trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals into our mix. Am not sure how my husband would feel about cauliflower as an entree/steak but I think with the sauces you recommend he’d be willing to give it a try. He’ll do cauliflower rice if it has a sauce or mixed in flavor with it. Will check out Ogre sauce as well!

    1. I can appreciate that! The bbq sauce definitely helps and cutting it like a steak makes it feel more hearty. I think with the right sides it makes for as super filling meal. It would go great with a potato salad too!

  4. YUM!!!! Looks so good! How many “steaks” do you get out of one head? Two? Do you keep slicing to make smaller ones or do something else with the read of the head?

    1. Thank you! I typically buy organic cauliflower which tends to be a bit smaller, so I can get two good thick steaks per head. A larger cauliflower might allow for three or even four steaks. I just used the florets from either end for something else. After I made these, I steamed the florets and frozen some for smoothies and ate the others sautéed with some Moroccan spice blend with an egg for breakfast.

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