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Vegan Brisket (BBQ Style)This vegan brisket BBQ-style recipe uses 15-ingredients and can be made ahead to serve with any classic vegan bbq sides, in a sandwich, or even on its own. I’ll show you how to make a vegan brisket on a BBQ!

This brisket is made from seitan. If you’re not sure what seitan is, it’s basically wheat meat. If you take the starch out of flour, either by rinsing or buying it pre-separated, you’re left with the protein. Once seasoned and moulded into a dough, the cooked seitan resembles a meaty texture that works great to replace meat in everyday recipes.

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This twist on a classic brisket is perfect to pair with other Southern classics like Corn Pudding and coleslaw. Packed with classic bbq seasonings, this main dish is perfect for big appetites! 

Setian, braising techniques, and classic BBQ rub, this dish is the plant-based version of a beloved American classic. 






What is vegan brisket made of?

Vegan Brisket is made from a seasoned seitan loaf that is baked and basted in a spiced braising stock then rubbed with a BBQ spice mix and barbequed until slightly charred. This technique ensures the best texture and flavour for the final brisket.

Can you smoke vegan meat?

You can learn to turn your barbeque into a smoker using pellets or invest in a smoking gun and smoke vegan meat for a few minutes to infuse it with smokey flavours. This will be more powerful than the flavour that comes from the liquid smoke in the recipe.

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Vegan Brisket (BBQ Style)
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This vegan brisket BBQ-style recipe uses 15-ingredients and can be made ahead to serve with any classic vegan bbq sides, in a sandwich, or even on its own. I'll show you how to make a vegan brisket on a BBQ!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 6 servings
For the Seitan:
For the Braising stock:
For BBQ Spice Rub:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, chickpea flour, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. Set aside.
  3. In a blender add no-beef or vegetable stock, soy sauce, olive oil, ketchup, vegan Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, liquid smoke, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently knead using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, or hands for about 3-5 mins, or just until the seitan comes together.
  5. Meanwhile, in the blender, add no-beef or vegetable stock, brown sugar, chili powder, parsley, thyme, soy sauce, molasses, mustard, and garlic. Blend until smooth. Add water as needed if it is too thick. Set aside.
  6. Form the seitan into a brisket-like shape. Place it into a medium-sized casserole dish and cover with about 1 tbsp of olive oil, using your hands.
  7. Pour the braising liquid from the blender over the brisket, and bake for about 20-25 mins, until the top has a crust.
  8. After 20-25 mins, carefully flip over the brisket, and brush the top with the braising liquid. And bake for another 20-25 mins. Check on it every 5-10 mins and brush with the braising liquid as needed.
  9. Remove the brisket from the oven and allow it to cool in the casserole dish.
  10. Meanwhile, make your dry rub. In a small jar, add kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic, and cumin, and shake to combine.
  11. Heat up your grill to about 400 degrees F, and loosen up the brisket from the bottom of the dish, if necessary. Cover the brisket in your favourite BBQ sauce and dry rub seasoning.
  12. Place the brisket onto the grill and grill it for 3-5 mins on each side, until bbq sauce is caramelized and charred.
  13. Slice & serve with freshly baked rolls, corn pudding, pickles and a fresh salad.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 225 Fat: 6.1g Carbohydrates: 15g Sugar: 5.6g Fiber: 1.6g Protein: 25.5g

Hey I’m Candice aka The Edgy Veg – I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or their by-products. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!

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  • Ashleigh says:

    This was…underwhelming. Both my husband who have converted to a plant based diet said that it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t that good. And definitely not like meat or any meat product I’ve eaten. But I won’t discredit the recipe, it’s well written for the final product.

  • Chris Beard says:

    So just curious why all these ingredients.. when I make brisket it’s the brisket with salt and pepper on it and that widely known how you do it smoked 16 hours with mesquite wood..

    • EdgyVeg says:

      this is a vegan recipe so we need to make the brisket itself, but you’re welcome to try it any way you like it

  • Ryan Voltz says:

    We love it! My wife is vegan but I am not and this tastes as close to real deal brisket as you can get!

  • Hungry Veg says:

    What’s the temp and timing if I want to smoke this on an actual smoker, instead of using the oven?

    • April Dichuk says:

      I didn’t seem to see a response here for the inquiry about smoking this in a smoker.
      Looking to do this myself…suggestion or tips welcomed!

  • Amy Bohler says:

    i made this for my vegetarian half of the family to bring to a July 4th dinner. I gave my husband and son tiny slivers to taste before the event and the responses were, “holy crap that’s good” and “wow”. Even my meat eating dad who often side eyes my vegetarian dishes had great things to say about it. I didn’t use a grill but heated up my grill pan on the stove top to high and still got a nice char. Will absolutely make again.

  • I love this recipe so much! It came out perfectly!

  • Love your seitan recipes. Totally astounded at how great a texture you got with your chicken recipe made with jackfruit. What do you think about adding a can of shredded jackfruit to this recipe for added texture? My husband is also blown away by your chicken recipes.

    • April Dichuk says:

      Any feedback on adding the shredded jackfruit? I have seen this done for other veg brisket recipes and wanted to know if this could be done for this recipe! Looking forward to testing this recipe!

  • Tried this and it was SO good! It was also our first try at making seitan and the instructions were simple and the results were delicious. For the final part we seated the brisket in a pan instead of on the grill and it still came out amazing! Definitely recommend giving this recipe a go.

  • This article is very informative and I feel like you are reading my mind. I will love to read your blogs daily.

  • I just know my meat eating fam is gonna love this


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