Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C).
Cut the cauliflower into thin strips about ½ inch wide, and 2 -3 inches long.
Whisk the flour, plant-based milk, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, brown sugar, and liquid smoke together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Dip the cauliflower pieces into the flour mixture, making sure to coat the entire piece.
Place the cauliflower pieces onto a non-stick baking sheet, or baking sheet coated with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes.
While cauliflower is cooking, heat the bbq sauce in a saucepan.
Remove the cauliflower pieces from the oven and dip them in BBQ sauce. Place pieces back on the baking sheet and cook for 5 more minutes.
Enjoy with some more bbq sauce or vegan ranch.
Use even-sized pieces: Otherwise, the BBQ cauliflower wings will cook at different rates.
Don’t crowd the pan: The airflow around the BBQ cauliflower bites/ wings is essential for achieving crispy results. If there are too many, too close, then they will steam.
Cooking time varies: Based on the exact size of your cauli wings and your oven. So keep an eye on them the first time you make the recipe.