This kind of a recipe is quite unusual for me in that I generally don’t like to replicate meaty foods. Even before switching to a plant-based diet, I just didn’t like the texture or taste of meat. That might be why I’m not a big fan of using jackfruit as a meat replacement. I’ve tried it a few times in curries and tacos, but just can’t get past the flavour. I mean, I’m sure it tastes amazing on its own but as a meat replacement… I just don’t know. Feel free to send me some recipes that will prove me wrong.
So then, I stumbled across some info on the internet that mushrooms can also be used as a meat replacement. I don’t like replacing meat and prefer on focusing on fresh, plant-foods themselves, but I wanted to showcase another alternative for those of you that do like meat replacements.
And I gotta tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by using mushrooms as a ‘pulled meat’ replacement. It doesn’t have that sweet flavour and the texture is pretty similar to meat. This is a great recipe for those of you transitioning to a plant-based diet, or just for those of you that like mushrooms.
And for those of you that don’t like mushrooms, you kind of can’t even tell that it’s mushroom. I gave my sister a sample without telling her what it was. She liked it, until I told her that it was made of mushrooms. Not nice of me, I know…
Which mushrooms does one use for this? King Oyster Mushrooms! (Top left in photo). They are giant, and have a big stem. The stem is what is used for pulling. If you haven’t seen King Oyster Mushrooms in your local grocery store, check out an Asian Supermarket near you. They are pretty much guaranteed to have them.
If you want more information on King Oysters, check out the wikipedia page! It briefly talks about the health benefits of these types of mushrooms and how they aid the immune system and help with lowering cholesterol. (Pretty much the opposite of pulled pork)…. You can also make things like mushroom scallops or grilled mushroom steaks. YUM.
All you do is use a fork and literally just pull strips off of the stem. Throw it on a baking sheet with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Onto BBQ sauce, yes you can easily make your own and you likely have all the ingredients in your pantry! The miso in this BBQ sauce adds a nuttiness and unique flavour to it, and it pairs well with the mushrooms. Feel free to omit the miso if you’re not a fan or if you don’t have it on hand.
This Pulled Mushroom and BBQ Sauce recipe is:
- Comfort Food
Make them with my latest German Pretzel Bun recipe for a Pulled Mushroom Sandwich!
Pulled Mushroom with BBQ Sauce
- 8 King Oyster Mushrooms
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp miso paste
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- With a fork, 'pull' strands off of the mushroom stems using the entire stem.
- On a parchment lined baking sheet, toss with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Roast for 20 minutes at 350 degrees C.
In a bowl, whisk all BBQ sauce ingredients together.
- Use approximately 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce to coat the pulled mushrooms. Heat on the stove or in a microwave and serve on buns with coleslaw or lettuce!