Vegan BBQ Brisket Recipe: A Southern Twist

Oh sweet friends, by my troth, do I have a tale to tell – one of scrumptious delight and savory satisfaction. For lo, I present to thee a recipe so divine that even the most steadfast carnivore shall be tempted to forsake flesh forevermore. Gather ’round and prepare to feast thy eyes upon the glory that is Texas Style BBQ Brisket (Vegan)!

In this hallowed recipe, we shall use the might of seitan – yea, wheat gluten forged into a succulent meat substitute – as the cornerstone of our creation. Fear not, for even those who shun meaty delights for ethical or dietary reasons can partake in this heavenly dish. In fact, my dear brethren, you shall find that it surpasses any meat-based brisket in flavor and tender deliciousness.

And what better way to honor the great state of Texas than with a glorious BBQ feast? But this ain’t no ordinary BBQ, nay – it is a vegan BBQ! With chipotle chilies in adobo and hoisin sauce amongst the ingredients list, thou shalt be transported straight to heart of Texas without ever leaving thy cozy abode.

So come hither, let us embark on this tantalizing journey together. For in this age of mighty veganism, we shall prove that even briskets can be made pure and good with seitan wicked enough to tame the most ravenous of appetites.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Texas Style BBQ Brisket(Vegan)
Texas Style BBQ Brisket(Vegan)

Hark! Hear ye, hear ye! Greetings, good people! Today, I present to you a recipe that will surely delight thy taste buds – the Texas-Style BBQ Brisket (Vegan). Now, some of thee may think that vegans cannot enjoy the hearty goodness of BBQ brisket, but I assure thee that this is not the case. Nay, this vegan version of the beloved Texan dish packs all the flavor and texture that one craves in a BBQ dish.

First of all, let us talk about the star of this recipe – Seitan. This protein-packed meat substitute is made from vital wheat gluten and gives our vegan brisket its meaty texture. When combined with the smoky and bold flavor of chipotle chiles in adobo and hoisin sauce, it mimics the taste and tenderness of traditional brisket without the cruelty or saturated fats.

And let me tell thee about the BBQ sauce! This divine concoction uses onion, garlic cloves, barbecue sauce, and a touch of maple syrup to achieve that sticky-sweet goodness that Texans are known for. It complements so well with our Seitan wickedness!

Furthermore, this recipe allows for endless opportunities for customization. If thee prefer more heat to thy BBQ style seitan wickedness, top it with homemade sriracha or smoky paprika. If gluten-free is thy way of life or if thou simply want to switch things up, try using tofu instead of Seitan.

Imagine sinking thy teeth into a warm meatless sandwich filled with saucy slivers of seitan brisket – pure heaven. Even non-vegans will enjoy this plant-based delicacy by Gaz Oakley of Wicked Kitchen. So what art thou waiting for? This vegan Texas-style brisket will surely impress thy palate with every bite!

Ingredient List

 Smoky and tender vegan BBQ brisket
Smoky and tender vegan BBQ brisket

Get Your Ingredients Ready

Here’s what you’ll need for this vegan Texas-style BBQ brisket recipe. Be sure to double-check this list before starting so that you have everything you need:

  • Seitan: 2 cups vital wheat gluten, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and between 1 and 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • Sauce: 2 chipotle chiles in adobo, minced; 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce; 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • Onion and Garlic: 1 medium onion, chopped into small pieces; 6 garlic cloves
  • Texas-Style Sauce: 1/2 cup barbecue sauce; 3 tablespoons maple syrup; 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce; 2 tablespoons sriracha; and a little salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cooking liquid: 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • Marsala Wine: This adds a rich flavor that pairs perfectly with the smoky taste of the seitan. Use one cup of Marsala Wine.

With these ingredients, you’ll be able to make a vegan brisket using a plant-based protein that has a meaty texture without any animal products. If you want to make it gluten-free, use gluten-free flour instead of vital wheat gluten.

The Recipe How-To

 A meatless twist on a Texas classic
A meatless twist on a Texas classic

Here we go – the exciting part! I am going to teach you how to make this incredible Texas Style BBQ Brisket that is vegan, cruelty-free and full of flavor.

(4.1) Prepare Ingredients

Before jumping into cooking the brisket, we need to prepare our ingredients. First, let’s gather all of the ingredients listed in the recipe.


  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1 cup marsala wine
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce tamari
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 to 3 tbsp chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 1 small onion chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • Barbeque Sauce: (2 c barbecue sauce + 1/2 c onion chopped finely)

Note: You can find chipotle chiles in adobo sauce and hoisin sauce at most grocery stores. These two ingredients are crucial for the smoky, spicy flavor that is characteristic of Texas-style BBQ.

(4.2) Make The Brisket

  1. Start by mixing together the vital wheat gluten flour with one cup of Marsala wine until fully combined into a thick dough-like mixture.

Note: Be sure to mix this well so that there are no dry spots left inside the mixture.

  1. Knead for about two minutes until the dough feels tight and elastic.

  2. Form your seitan mixture into a log shape and set aside.

  3. Next, prepare your rub by combining the soy sauce tamari, maple syrup, chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, and hoisin sauce in a bowl.

  4. Apply a generous amount of BBQ Sauce onto the seitan brisket, covering it completely with the mixture until it is coated all over.

  5. Place the seitan brisket into a foil-lined pot or slow cooker with onions and vegetable stock

  6. Cook your brisket by slow cooking it for about six hours on low heat, or overnight in your slow cooker if you prefer. You can also cook it on high for three to four hours.

  7. After cooking, spread another layer of your homemade BBQ sauce on top of the seitan brisket and then broil it for around five minutes until crispy.

(4.3) Serve

Now comes the best part – serving and enjoying! Slice up your vegan brisket into thin pieces and serve alongside some freshly made collard greens or coleslaw for an authentic Texas-style meal!

I hope you found this recipe easy to follow and enjoyable to create!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your BBQ cravings with this plant-based option
Satisfy your BBQ cravings with this plant-based option

Lend me thine ears, my beloveds! If thou art feeling adventurous, I implore thee to experiment with the elements of this exquisite recipe. Fear not for there are a variety of substitutions and variations that shall lend a distinct flavour to thy vegan brisket recipe.

Firstly, if thou cannot find seitan in thy vicinity, try substituting it with vital wheat gluten which can be found in health food stores or online. Moreover, thou may use unsweetened soy milk in lieu of marsala wine and tamari sauce instead of soy sauce for a gluten-free option.

Secondly, my dear epicures, thou may elevate the taste of the BBQ sauce by infusing it with chipotle chiles in adobo, minced onion, or crushed garlic cloves for added zest.

Thirdly, if thou prefers it less spicy but still tangy try adding hoisin sauce or simply adjust the amount of maple syrup and sriracha according to thy preference.

Lastly, for those who wish to try a different flavour profile, venture into the realms of whiskey-barbecue or apple cider-barbecue sauces to marry with thy vegan brisket creation. The possibilities are truly endless!

May these variations satiate thy adventure-lusting spirit and lead thee down the road less travelled towards an unrivaled tasting experience!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for a summer cookout or tailgate
Perfect for a summer cookout or tailgate

Oh! Thou art looking for suggestions on the serving and pairing of the wondrous Texas Style BBQ Brisket (Vegan). Verily, ‘tis a delightful feast to serve to thy guests. Fear not, for I shall guide thee through this section with confidence and ease.

Firstly, thou canst serve this vegan brisket as an entrée, solo or sliced up in a sandwich. If thou chooseth to have it as a standalone dish, consider pairing it with some delicious sides like coleslaw, roasted sweet potatoes or baked beans. Remember to add a Southern-style touch by using warm spices like cumin or cayenne in your sides.

If thou art serving it as a sandwich, there are ample possibilities for toppings that match wondrously with the bold flavors of the seitan. Some suggestions include pickles, avocado slices, red onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. Thou may add them on top of your vegan brisket before smothering it with bbq sauce for a completely heavenly experience.

As for beverage pairings, a fruity red wine like zinfandel or cabernet sauvignon will bring out the tangy and smoky flavors of your vegan brisket. For those who prefer non-alcoholic options, a glass of iced tea (sweetened or unsweetened) is perfect. If you desire a more unique taste sensation, consider trying a craft beer with woodsy notes that complement well with the caramelized tones of the seitan.

Oh my goodness! This vegan brisket made mine taste buds dance with joy. Remember these serving and pairing tips and let yours groove too!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Impress your friends with this vegan take on brisket
Impress your friends with this vegan take on brisket

Methinks thou art a wise cook for considering prepare-ahead and storage options. This Texas Style BBQ Brisket (vegan) recipe can be made in advance and enjoyed later without losing its delightful flavor.

To make this process easier, the brisket should be cooled entirely before packing it up to store. It can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days or frozen for up to two months. I recommend labeling it with the date you prepared it, so you can keep track of its freshness.

When reheating, there are a couple of ways to do so. If ye chooseth to use the oven, put the brisket in an oven-safe dish at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 20 minutes, or until heated through. Alternatively, if you’re feeling a bit more impatient and want to speed things up, reheat the brisket in a thick-bottomed skillet with some barbecue sauce over low heat while stirring frequently until reheated thoroughly.

However, keep in mind that reheating may dry out the brisket’s texture and cause it to lose its tenderness. Thus I suggest preparing the sauce separately when reheating to ensure that you don’t end up with a dried-out brisket.

As with any good food lovers’ experience, I advise checking for quality before indulging. The best way is by giving it a smell check or tasting just a small bite before consuming it fully.

With these tips, thy stellar vegan Texas Style BBQ Brisket will keep its wicked goodness even when stored and reheated, making meal-prep an easy and enjoyable experience.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Spice up your meatless Monday with this savory dish
Spice up your meatless Monday with this savory dish

As an experienced assistant for a vegan chef, I know how important it is to pay attention to the details when making a dish. Here are some helpful tips that you can apply when making this Texas Style BBQ Brisket (Vegan) recipe.

1. Make sure to slice the seitan thinly: When you’re ready to serve your vegan brisket, ensure that it’s sliced thinly. This will give the seitan that tender texture you’re looking for while maintaining the fibers and mouth-watering meaty texture.

2. Rest before slicing: Waiting at least 15 minutes before slicing the brisket evenly allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat evenly.

3. Marinate the seitan overnight: For maximum flavor, marinate your seitan overnight in barbecue sauce, chipotle chiles in adobo or hoisin sauce. This will ensure that the seitan absorbs all the flavors.

4. Keep an eye on your homemade seitan: If you are using homemade seitan, ensure it cooks until firm and sliceable but not overcooked to maintain flavor and keep it moist.

5. Use low sodium vegetable stock: Since barbecue sauce already contains salt, use low sodium vegetable stock in both in the marinade and cooking process.

6. Slow cook for perfect tenderness: To get that fall-off-the-bone vegan brisket, slow-cook your sliced brisket in sauce for up to 1-2 hours on low heat heat until tenderized to perfection.

7. Use gluten-free or store-bought seitan: When making this bbq style seitan recipe, make use of store-bought vital wheat gluten ingredients for quicker preparation or opt for gluten-free options without sacrificing taste by giving Wicked Kitchen’s vegan smoked texas style seitan a try.

8. Pair with pickles and coleslaw: Serving this texas-style vegan brisket alongside some pickle spears and coleslaw recreates a traditional Texas BBQ sandwich in plant-based form!

By following these tips, you’re guaranteed a flavorful, tender and deliciously sticky bbq brisket every time!


But hold thy breath and stay thy hunger’s zeal, for the answer to thy perplexing queries shall now be revealed. In this segment of our humble manuscript, we shall endeavor to provide thee with answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning our Texas Style BBQ Brisket (Vegan) Recipe. Read on, and thou shalt find clarity regarding substitutions, cooking times, and leftovers storage, among other doubts.

What is a vegan replacement for brisket?

Looking for a delicious meat alternative that’s both low in calories and high in fiber? Consider trying out jackfruit! This large green fruit boasts a soft and juicy texture, and has become particularly popular as a vegetarian substitute for brisket due to its meat-like taste and texture when cooked.

What is vegan brisket made of?

The key ingredient in this brisket recipe is seitan, a protein-rich food made by extracting the protein from wheat gluten. As a result, this dish is an excellent source of dietary protein.

What is the difference between brisket and Texas brisket?

To create a succulent Texas brisket, it is recommended to use a full packer brisket that weighs between 8 to 12 or more pounds, including both the point and flat sections of the cut.

Can you smoke fake meat?

Transforming your grill into a smoker is a useful skill in vegan cooking. One option is to utilize pellets or a smoking gun to infuse your plant-based meats with smokey flavors. This technique will add a more robust taste than using liquid smoke as called for in the recipe.

Bottom Line

thou, noble reader, and ponder upon the wonders of vegan cuisine. This Texas-style BBQ brisket recipe hath proven that one need not sacrifice flavor nor tradition in order to embrace a plant-based lifestyle. With the meaty texture and smoky flavor of seitan, combined with the boldness of chipotle chiles in adobo and the sweetness of maple syrup, this dish is sure to satisfy even the most devout carnivore.

But beyond satisfying our taste buds, this vegan BBQ brisket is also kind to our bodies and to the environment. By using vital wheat gluten instead of animal flesh, we reduce our intake of cholesterol and saturated fats, while also decreasing our carbon footprint. And let us not forget the infinite possibilities for variations and substitutions, allowing us to customize this recipe to fit our individual tastes and dietary needs.

Therefore, I urge thee to give this Texas-style BBQ brisket (vegan) recipe a try and witness the magic for thyself. Whether thou art a seasoned vegan or just beginning to dabble in plant-based cuisine, there hath been no better time to embark on this journey towards a kinder, healthier, and more sustainable world.

Texas Style BBQ Brisket(Vegan)

Texas Style BBQ Brisket(Vegan) Recipe

This come directly from Vegan Food Mama and looks so delicious I had to post it here for safekeeping. Making it asap! Yield is a guess.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 6
Calories 181.6 kcal



  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 -4 chipotle chiles in adobo


  • 2 loaves homemade seitan (about 4-inchx2-inchx8-inch-try Mass Quantities of Seitan)


  • Mix the sauce well. Slice the seitan loaf 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Spread some sauce about the shape of the seitan loaf on a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to fold over and enclose the seitan.
  • Spread open each slice and slather on the sauce. Close it back up and spread more sauce over the top. Fold the edge of the foil over several times and seal the ends well. Wrap it twice so you don't have a sauce blowout.
  • Cook it on the barbecue pit until the sauce inside is almost entirely absorbed and highly thickened. If you want a nice line of char on the bottom, don't turn it over halfway through. It's tough to say how much time because grill and fire pit temps vary wildly. The position on the grill over the heat matters as well. Last time I made it, it was on about 30 minutes but needed 45 to get the char, just to give you an idea. It was delicious anyway.

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Serving: 707gCalories: 181.6kcalCarbohydrates: 41.8gProtein: 1.1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0.6mgSodium: 1051.4mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 28g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Grains, Onions, Vegan, Vegetable, Weeknight
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