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Texas Style Vegan BBQ

By Chuck Underwood @brandnewvegan

vegan bbq

Having lived in a variety of places over the years, I have come to appreciate the unique foods of each and every state I have ever called home.

And in the great state of Texas that meant one thing.

Yep.  BBQ.

Nothing beats an authentic Texas Smokehouse for awesome BBQ.   A little corner dive where they serve your food on butcher’s paper and there’s a big roll of paper towels on every table?  Yes please!

Having lived in the Pacific Northwest for the last 15 years or so, I have missed a good BBQ Sandwich immensely.  Until yesterday that is when I opened up the fridge and spied a carton of mushrooms.

Vegan BBQ Sandwich


The whole time I’m staring at these Baby Bella Mushrooms, I’m thinking BBQ?

Could it really work?  Would it be any good?  There was only one way to find out so……

After a good rinsing and draining I chopped the mushrooms up pretty fine with my bench scraper.

By the way, if you don’t have one of these amazing little gadgets, you should get one.  I use mine a LOT.  It’s great for chopping mushrooms, green chiles, even garlic.  I also use it for making my homemade pizza dough.  Real handy little tool.

I started by sautéing about 1/2 a white onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic in a few tablespoons of veggie broth.  I also added about 1/2 of a chopped green bell pepper and 1/4 of a minced jalapeño.  Then in went the mushrooms.

Don’t add any more liquid as these mushrooms will release a lot of their own.  Just keep simmering and stirring until they get nice and soft.

Now we need some sauce.



Homemade BBQ Sauce


I guess if you’re so inclined, you could add in your own bottled BBQ sauce at this point.

Me?  I like everything as natural as I can get it, with as few ingredients as I can find.  The store-bought stuff is quick and cheap, but it’s so full of other ‘stuff’ I’d rather just make my own.

So I did.


First off I want to say hats off to Ali over at Gimme Some Oven for her amazing BBQ Sauce Recipe.  I did have to adapt it a bit based on the ingredients I had on hand, and the fact we’re Vegans and all, but still I want to give her credit.

This stuff is GOOD!

Just mix all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a low boil, and then simmer until it thickens.

I did substitute A1 Sauce for the Worcestershire Sauce because 1) I didn’t have any, and 2) Worcestershire contains anchovies so technically it’s not vegan.  I hear the Amy’s brand sells a Vegan version of Worcestershire, so you could try that, or you can just use A1 Sauce like I did.

There’s also honey in this.  Honey seems to be one of those Vegan gray areas so if you’re against using honey, simply go with the Agave Nectar.  I also added an additional tablespoon of brown sugar because I like my sauce a bit sweeter.  Don’t skip out on the liquid smoke though.  This really makes the sauce.

When it’s nice and thick go ahead and ladle about 1/2 a cup or so into the mushrooms.

NOW it’s starting to look and smell like a BBQ!


Mustard Cole Slaw


Cole slaw on top of your pulled pork sandwich is a Carolina thing, I know that.  But it is GOOD so I am adding it to my recipe.  If you’re not into cole slaw, simply leave it off and chow down on the amazing BBQ you just made.

But if you want to add in some healthy greens, and a bit of crunch, let’s keep going.

Shred about 1/4 of a cabbage into long strips.  I also shredded a carrot too and about 1/2 of a red onion.  Add about 1/8 of a teaspoon of celery seed, 2 full tablespoons of Dijon Mustard, and maybe 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Stir that around real good until all the veggies are evenly coated.

NOW we’re ready to eat.

Spoon some of that amazing BBQ on your favorite bun of choice, add some extra sauce if you like it messy, and top with some slaw.

Mmmmmm.  Vegan BBQ.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

And don’t forget the napkins.


Print Texas Style Vegan BBQ

Prep time:  15 mins

Cook time:  30 mins

Total time:  45 mins

Serves: 4

Texas Style Vegan BBQ
A chopped mushroom BBQ sandwich with an authentic Texas Smokehouse taste. Top it off with some homemade BBQ sauce and a tangy mustard cole slaw and you'll be singing the Cotton Eyed Joe before you know it. Yeeehaw. Ingredients
  • 8oz carton of Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ jalapeño, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons veggie broth to saute
  • 2 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup honey or agave nectar
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup mollasses
  • 2 tablespoons A1 Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Quarter of a head of cabbage, shredded
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅛ teaspoon celery seed
  1. Saute onion, garlic, jalapeño in veggie broth until soft
  2. Add in mushrooms and simmer until liquid has evaporated
  3. Heat all sauce ingredients in saucepan until thickened
  4. Spoon ½ cup or so of sauce into mushroom mixture and stir to combine
  5. Toss slaw ingredients together until coated and use to top sandwiches

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