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Quick + Smoky Barbecue Lentils

Quick + Smoky Barbecue Lentils

Lentils are my favorite legume. They have such a nice flavor and they are so versatile. The thing I do with green + brown lentils most is definitely Instant Pot Lentil Stew. It takes 7 minutes and is so delicious. And red lentils make the smoothest, creamiest Red Lentil Hummus. But today we are making something a little different: Quick + Smoky Barbecue Lentils.

Quick + Smoky Barbecue Lentils in a cast iron pan

The world is still in various degrees of quarantine and social distancing. And that means we are all using out pantries to the max. Lately I’ve made so many bean recipes, showing you how a humble can of beans can be turned into something truly delicious.

I don’t typically buy canned lentils can because they only take about 20 minutes of simmering to cook. But, for convenience sake, I used the amount you would normally find in the can. So make these Quick + Smoky Barbecue Lentils with whatever lentils you’ve got!

Barbeque sauce and a pan of lentils

The barbecue sauce that I always purchase is Stubbs Original (or the spicy variety if my grocery store is out of original). I like Stubbs because its quite tangy which I love. I don’t typically like the overly sweet varieties like Sweet Baby Rays. But you do you! If you use a barbecue sauce that is on the sweeter side, a full tablespoon of molasses might be too much. Start with a teaspoon and work your way up from there.

Barbeque Lentil Sandwich

I used a hint of liquid smoke here, but if you hate it or just don’t have any, leave it out. These lentils will still be SO good without it. Liquid smoke is one of those things that you buy once and will never make it through a whole bottle. It is so strong and can easily overpower a dish. But in my opinion, when used judiciously, it adds a delightful complex flavor.

Quick + Smoky Barbecue Lentils in a bowl with sweet potatoes and corn salsa

I like to serve these Quick + Smoky Barbecue Lentils like a traditional barbecue sandwich: On a bun with some slaw. But they are also SO good in a nourish bowl with sweet potato with some of my Fresh Corn Salsa.

Quick + Smoky Barbecue Lentils

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil or any neutral tasting oil
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • Pinch Black Pepper
  • 1 15 oz Can of Green or Brown Lentils, drained and rinsed or 1 1/2 cups cooked green or brown lentils
  • 1/3 Cup Barbecue Sauce I used Stubbs Original
  • 1 Tbsp Molasses* see note
  • 1/4 tsp Liquid Smoke


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil and swirl around the pan. Add spices and stir using a wooden spoon, for 1 minute.
  • Add lentils to the pan and stir to coat them with the spices. Let them heat through for about 2 minutes.
  • Add barbecue sauce and molasses to the pan and stir to coat. Let cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in liquid smoke and stir to combine.
  • Serve on buns with slaw, or any way you like!


  • If you are using a very sweet barbecue sauce, reduce the amount of molasses to 1 1/2 tsp and go up from there!
Keyword 15 Minute Recipe, 20 minute recipe, Barbecue Lentils, BBQ, Beans, lentils, Pantry Recipes, Pantry Staples

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    I am new to plant-based eating and your recipes have given me some great inspiration! Thank you!

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