Stampede Barbecue Lentil Sandwich and a Yeeha!

Late night partying, men in cowboy hats, and the smell of manure is in the air. [I swear when you grow up surrounded by the stuff, it doesn’t bother you at all].

Although we don’t join the Calgary Stampede festivities anymore, it’s hard not to miss out on the action from afar.


The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, festival and expedition held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten day event also referred to as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, attracts over one million visitors per year and features the world’s largest rodeo, parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.

Basically, the alcohol flows freely, the entertainment is amazing, and there’s plenty of delicious food to feast on for days and days, and days.


The most popular of them all is barbecue sauce.

Oh, and pancakes. Can’t forget the endless supply of pancakes and maple syrup.


Since I suck at making pancakes, I decided to share another favorite stampede recipe with you.

A vegan version of pulled pork sandwiches with loads of barbecue sauce, of course!

I tried to make homemade gluten free buns to go along with the recipe, but as you can see they turned out rather hard and tasted more like pastry than anything.

Instead I settled for udi’s gluten free bread hoping my barbecue lentil recipe was enough to steal the show.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Stampede Barbecue Lentil Sandwich
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 4 cups of barbecue lentils
A vegan approach to the classic pulled pork sandwich. Save time and money by cooking the lentils in your slow cooker!
Quick and Easy Smoky Barbecue Sauce
  • 28-oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • ½ cup blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 medium-sized sweet onion, quartered
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon himalayan rock salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon to ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 cups cooked green lentils – check outLaurel’s method for cooking beans in a slow cooker
  1. Place all sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Place in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cooked lentils. Serve over top bread or buns smothered in apple butter, or try as a burger topping.

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Although I love me some pulled pork sandwiches, I can’t get over how sweet the barbecue sauce is! Also, did you know that your body can take up to 15 hours to digest pork?

So as a compromise during the 10 days of Stampede, I opt for the cleaner lentil version of pulled pork and indulge in gluten-free bison burgers, fresh lemonade, and chicken drumsticks the size of my face.

It’s all about give and take, right?

Yeeha to that!

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  1. Udis white bread is not vegan.vegan gf bread is hard to find. I use befree

  2. We put the lentils and sauce in a Ezekiel tortilla and whoofed it down in a few short minutes. We enjoyed it that way! Was good! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Yum-o! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Leanne…does your recipe say to cover your bun with apple butter and then put the barbecue lentils on? Amazing idea :)

    Thank you,

  4. These look so good! I’ve used jackfruit for vegan pulled “pork” style sandwiches but lentils are an awesome idea. I’m trying to find more slow-cooker recipes and this one is totally going on the menu this week.

  5. I would save the salt until the end if you are cooking the lentils in the sauce — I did not do this and my red lentils (which usually cook really quickly) took all day in the crockpot and still had a bite at the end.

    I do really like the sauce. The finished product is a lot like baked beans (but with lentils).

  6. Hi! Could I put all of these ingredients in the slow cooker together? Or do I have to cook the lentils in the slow cooker separately and then follow the recipe from there?

    • Hey Cat! I tried this a couple of years ago and it worked great. Throw ‘er in and see how it goes!

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