Vegan BBQ Brisket

Creating a vegan BBQ brisket involves using plant-based ingredients to replicate the flavors and textures typically associated with traditional brisket. Here’s a recipe along with some potential health benefits of the main ingredients:


For the Seitan Brisket:
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 c chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 T dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 T soy sauce or tamari (gluten-free)
  • 1 T vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper
For the BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 T dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
For Roasting and Rub:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Mama Vega Hillbilly Spice Rub


  1. Prepare the Seitan Brisket:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, chickpea flour, smoked paprika, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder.
    • In a separate bowl, mix vegetable broth and liquid smoke. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and knead until a firm dough forms.
    • Shape the dough into a brisket-like form.
  2. Cook the Seitan Brisket:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • In a large oven-safe pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sear the seitan brisket on all sides until browned.
    • Add sliced onions and minced garlic to the pot. Cook until the onions are softened.
    • Mix vegetable broth with the BBQ sauce ingredients and pour it over the seitan brisket.
    • Cover the pot and transfer it to the preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is crisp with a crust.
    • Flip and brush with the liquid.
    • Bake for another 20-25 minutes.
    • Check every 5-10 minutes and baste with the liquid as needed until the seitan is firm for a total of 1.5 to 2 hours.
  3. Rub and Sauce:
    • Remove the seitan from the pan and cover with Mama Vega Hillbilly Spice Rub.
    • Cover with BBQ sauce.
  4. Serve:
    • Allow the vegan BBQ brisket to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side, fresh fruit, a green salad with water vegetables, and a root vegetable.

Health Benefits:

  1. Seitan (Vital Wheat Gluten):
    • High in protein, making it a good meat substitute.
    • Contains essential amino acids necessary for muscle health.
  2. Nutritional Yeast:
    • Rich in B vitamins, including B12, which is essential for energy production.
    • Adds a cheesy flavor without dairy.
  3. Tomato Sauce:
    • Packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that may contribute to heart health.
    • Contains vitamins C and A.
  4. Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar:
    • Natural sweeteners that provide a sweet taste without refined sugars.
    • Contains some antioxidants and minerals.
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar:
    • May help with digestion and weight management.
    • Contains acetic acid, which has potential antimicrobial properties.
  6. Soy Sauce or Tamari:
    • Adds umami flavor to the dish.
    • Provides a source of plant-based protein.
  7. Liquid Smoke:
    • Enhances the smoky flavor of the dish without the need for actual smoking.
    • Used in moderation, liquid smoke is a low-calorie flavoring.
  8. Onion and Garlic:
    • Contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
    • May have cardiovascular benefits and support the immune system.
  9. Olive Oil:
    • High in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
    • Contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

This vegan BBQ brisket recipe offers a delicious alternative to traditional meat-based brisket while providing a good source of plant-based protein and essential nutrients. As with any recipe, individual dietary needs may vary, so adjust ingredients based on personal preferences. Consult with a healthcare professional for personalized dietary advice, especially if you have specific health concerns or conditions.


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