Barbecues are likely no fun for vegans, and one guy's attempt to improve the food choices for them has not gone over well with the Internet.
TV writer Kevin Biegelrecently took to Twitter with his vegan barbecue creation – meatless brisket. That’s right, Biegel created his concoction using meat alternatives like seitan, jackfruit and miso. “Vegan brisket experiment was a success! 18 hour smoke over oak,” he wrote. “Is it beef? Nope. But the taste/texture are pretty great. Mix of jackfruit, seitan, miso, beer, Franklin BBQ sauce made w extra sugar so it caramelized to a crust — and it did! Plus I don’t feel gross after eating it!”
As you can imagine, the Internet had some definite thoughts about this vegan creation, and most of them were not good, with some saying the brisket “looks gross." As one person noted, “My ancestors didn’t fight to get to the top of the food chain to eat jackfruit and miso! Hell I don’t even know what that is. My brisket better look and taste like brisket with some juice!”
Interestingly, Biegel isn’t actually vegan himself, but started looking for meat alternatives after suffering heart issues a decade ago. “I eat [meat] in moderation. I make it for people,” he says. “But I’m gonna stick with my heart doctors and the experts when it comes to my health, thanks.”
And not everyone was appalled by the vegan brisket, or “vrisket” as he calls it. In fact, several people asked Biegel for the recipe. “It looks delicious,” one person noted. “And I’m a meat eater but vegan foods are a refreshing alternative and a reminder that we don’t have to eat meat to feel we’ve eaten well.”