Monday, June 18, 2012

BBQ "Beef" Brisket Sandwiches - Vegan and Amazing!!!

Are you having one of those CRAVINGS for BBQ meat? But you've decided to eat plant based so how can you satisfying it? Doesn't this picture just look mouthwatering? Well fear not my plant eating friends because,
that BBQ Beef you're drooling over is another Meatlessly Mouthwatering creation!

I had some family over yesterday (my brother in law was craving BBQ ribs, and my father in law was talking about the Aptos Street BBQ restaurant here in town) for this recipe and it was a total hit. Everyone commented on how much it tasted and chewed just like BBQ beef brisket. And everyone left feeling totally fulfilled! This one is so meatlessly mouthwatering it deserves two pics so here's one while it's still on the grill.

One of the cool things is, you control the 'fat'/oil content so, this is way less calories than the meaty version. So, you can make this a lot more healthy. Now I can't say that this is something you should eat on the regular. It uses texturized vegetable protein which is fine but it's a pretty processed food and so it doesn't fit in the 'whole foods' category of a plant strong way of eating. But hey, it's better than giving in and eating that fatty meat at the BBQ joint!

So here we go!

Texurized Vegetable Protien 3 cups (dry)
Vegan 'Beef' Flavored Broth Powder 3 heaping Tbs (you could also use boiling hot mushroom broth or veggie broth, if you are really good as seasoning it with 'beefy herbs and spices.' I buy mine pre-made from my local natural foods store but here's a link to make your own broth powders.)
Water 2-3 cups (boiling, omit if using liquid broth instead of broth powder)
Paprika 1-2 tsp
Pepper 1/2 tsp (fresh ground, is best)
Cocoa Powder 1 Tbs.
Bragg's Aminos 1-2 tsp (to taste)
Liquid Smoke - Mesquite Flavor 1-3 tsp (depending on how smokey you like it)
Molasses 1/2 tsp (optional)
Olive Oil 1-2 Tbs (or sub your favorite oil)
Whole Grain Buns or Rolls (brushed with garlic 'butter'/oil and a little salt, grilled. I blended 2 leafs of fresh basil in mine, YUMMMmm)
Bell Pepper - Green 1 (sliced thin)
Onion - Red 1 (sliced thin)
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
BBQ Sauce 2-4 Tbs (your favorite, I went to my local BBQ joint and purchased some from them, I love their spicy BBQ Sauce at Aptos Street BBQ, Michelle likes the regular)
BBQ Sauce  (more of your favorite kind to drench on your sandwich!)

1 In a large mixing bowl combine the first 10 ingredients (not the BBQ sauce yet) and let marinate for at least 1 hour. Longer is better, you can make this a day or two ahead of time, keep it in the fridge, and really let the flavors get in there! Feel free to experiment with seasonings here. This is your "Beef Brisket" if you didn't know that already! LOL

2 Fire up the Grill and place your cast iron griddle or pan, on the grate. Spray with additional oil to keep things for sticking. (If you don't have a cast iron pan or griddle just use a large sheet of heavy duty aluminium foil) Grill your veggies and then wrap them in aluminum foil to keep warm. Now do the same with your marinated "brisket." Don't grill this too long or it will dry out. When it's fully heated. Add your 2-4 Tbs of BBQ sauce grill a bit longer, stirring to coat. Then place this in a foil pouch like the veggies, sealing it tight so the steam doesn't escape. Place this and the veggies on a 'cooler' part of the grill while you finish grilling the buns or rolls. This will also re-hydrate the brisket keeping it juicy.

3 Assemble your sandwich by piling on the brisket, then smother with additional BBQ sauce. Add your warm veggies on top. Serve with a cold beer, a cool salad, maybe some fresh grilled corn or asparagus and you've got your self an outstanding summer time meal!!!