air fryer bbq cauliflower
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Air Fryer BBQ Cauliflower

This Air Fryer BBQ Cauliflower is perfect on pitas with some fresh slaw, over buttered noodles, or even on its own as a snack with your favorite dip!

air fryer bbq cauliflower


  • Cauliflower: For this dish you will need to use fresh cauliflower and not frozen as frozen cauliflower will tend to have too much moisture content.
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Tomato Paste
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Hot sauce: this is my favorite
  • Garlic Powder

Can I substitute bottled BBQ sauce for homemade?

For the best flavor, the homemade sauce is ideal; however, if you are in a hurry you could substitute your favorite store-bought bbq sauce. After that, follow the recipe as directed above.

How long does it take to cook cauliflower in the air fryer?

For this Air Fryer BBQ Cauliflower it takes 15 minutes at 380. Be sure to preheat the air fryer so that the entire cooking time is at the correct temperature.

Ideas for Leftover BB Cauliflower

  1. Salad: Chop up the BBQ cauliflower and add it to a salad with your favorite greens, vegetables, and dressing.
  2. Sandwich: Layer the BBQ cauliflower onto a sandwich with some sliced cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
  3. Tacos: Use the BBQ cauliflower as a filling for tacos, along with some avocado, salsa, and shredded cheese.
  4. Pizza: Add the BBQ cauliflower as a topping to a homemade or store-bought pizza.
  5. Stir-fry: Use the BBQ cauliflower in a stir-fry with some vegetables, rice, and your favorite sauce.
  6. Soup: Puree the BBQ cauliflower and add it to a soup for a creamy and flavorful twist.
  7. Grain bowl: Layer the BBQ cauliflower onto a grain bowl with quinoa, brown rice, or farro, along with some roasted vegetables, avocado, and a drizzle of dressing.
  8. Pasta: Toss the BBQ cauliflower with some cooked pasta, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese for a simple and tasty pasta dish.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but feel free to get creative and experiment with different recipes and flavor combinations!

How to store leftover BBQ Cauliflower

To store leftover BBQ cauliflower, you should first let it cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer it to an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

If you want to store it for longer, you can also freeze it. To do so, transfer the cooled cauliflower to a freezer-safe container or bag and label it with the date. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to use the leftover BBQ cauliflower, you can reheat it in the oven or on the stovetop. To reheat it in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), place the cauliflower in an oven-safe dish, cover it with foil, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. To reheat it on the stovetop, place it in a saucepan or skillet over medium heat and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

What to serve with air fryer cauliflower?

  1. Coleslaw: Serve BBQ cauliflower with a side of creamy coleslaw for a classic BBQ combination.
  2. Grilled corn: Add some grilled corn on the cob to your plate for a summery and delicious side dish.
  3. Baked beans: Baked beans are a classic BBQ side dish that pair well with BBQ cauliflower.
  4. Sweet potato fries: Sweet potato fries are a healthier alternative to regular fries and pair well with the smoky flavor of BBQ cauliflower.
  5. Potato salad: A creamy potato salad is a classic BBQ side dish that complements the bold flavors of BBQ cauliflower.
  6. Grilled vegetables: Grilled vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers are a great way to add some variety to your plate.
  7. Mac and cheese: A rich and creamy mac and cheese is a comforting side dish that goes well with BBQ cauliflower.
  8. Green salad: A simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing is a refreshing and healthy option to balance out the richness of BBQ cauliflower.

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air fryer bbq cauliflower

Air Fryer BBQ Cauliflower

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1, 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons Texas Pete or your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Break the cauliflower into florets. Spray with the olive oil spray. Air fry at 380 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Toss the cauliflower with the bbq sauce. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper (optional, but will save you a mess!). Add the cauliflower and air fry for 15 minutes at 380 degrees.
Keyword bbq cauliflower

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