How to Make a Vegan Pulled BBQ Mushroom Sandwich

I would sling a whole
pig over my shoulder, carry it to our pit and
throw it on the grill. And at that point, I
told everybody that they were not aloud to give
me shit for being vegan. [MUSIC] I’m Chris Rubinstein. I’m a chef at the Wild
Good Tavern in Costa Mesa, California with
The Culinary Militia. Today, I’m gonna show you
guys how to make a vegan pulled trumpet mushroom
barbecue sandwich. A lot of vegans miss
out on some good food. And you guys catch a lot
of flak because a lot of what you cook
isn’t very good. So, today I’m gonna show you how to
smoke the mushrooms. Pull them,
make the sandwich, and impress some of
your friends. So for this dish,
first thing you’re gonna need is about a pound
of trumpet mushrooms. They’re also called
king oyster mushrooms. Go to any Asian market, go to the mushroom
section, you’re gonna find them. Take your favorite
barbecue sauce, about a cup of that. One head of kale, you’re gonna need one
cup of vegan mayonnaise, a red onion. Half a cup of apple
cider vinegar, four tablespoons
of sugar. A tablespoon of
crushed red pepper, two carrots,
and four rolls. And to saute
the mushrooms we’re gonna need two
tablespoons of oil. Don’t use olive oil
because it has a low smoke point and
you’re gonna end up burning it and you really
don’t want that flavor. Just use vegetable oil,
soybean oil, canola, whatever
you’d like to use. And the last thing you’re
gonna need is about two cups of wood chips,
soaked in water for about half an hour. I like to use apple for this dish, cuz it’s
a little lighter when you’re gonna to
smoke vegetables. If you’re gonna
to smoke meat, you want to use
hickory or mesquite or things like that. So, apple or cherry is
what I like to use. So for the first
step in the process, we’re gonna to smoke
the mushrooms. So we’re gonna to go outside to the grill and
do that. So, depending upon what
kind of grill you have, you can do this a couple
of different ways. Today, we just have
a standard gas grill, so we’re gonna use
a smoking box. If you had
a charcoal grill, you could just take
these guys, and put them straight
on the coals, and smoke them that way. So, we’re gonna take the
chips, open up your box. Just spread them out
nice and evenly, just stick them in the hottest
part of the grill. And that’s gonna
take about ten, 15 minutes before
they start smoking. So you wanna crank the
grill up all the way to high, let it get to six, 700 degrees,
the hotter the better. Wood chips have to dry out first before
they start smoking, so we’re starting to get a
little bit of smoke now, and it should be ready
in about five minutes. I actually started cooking because
I went vegan. My mom is a phenomenal
cook, but when I decided to become
vegan I was about 17. I was still living at
home and she kind of gave up, so I started
cooking for myself. And when it came time
after high school to figure out what I want
to do with my life, I decided I wanted
to be a chef. All right, so
we’re about ready. We’re gonna check it. Getting a lot
of good smoke. The chips are nice and
brown. What I would do, is put them on the top
rack, if you have a, if you have a rack like
that on your grill. Just break them apart. Drop the lid,
and let it go for about 20 minutes or so. One thing you wanna
be careful of, when you’re doing
this on the grill, is not to burn
the mushrooms. Just keep an eye on them once you put
the mushrooms in. They’re gonna get dark,
they’re gonna get smoky, they’re gonna get cooked,
but don’t burn them. All right, so, while the mushrooms are
smoking we’re gonna come back inside and start
working on the kale slaw. First thing you do,
take your kale. I’ll show you a little
trick [SOUND] is just pull it
off like that. Now, what we’re
gonna do is a technique called
chiffonade. You’re gonna take your
green, roll it up. Take your knife, and
just really thin, just. [SOUND] As you’re going, just put your
kale in the bowl. So I’m gonna assume
everybody out there knows how
to peel a carrot. Use a peeler so
I already peeled these. Take a cheese grater. [SOUND] So I decided to
do a kale slaw just cuz. I love Kale. I think everyone
loves Kale. Just try different stuff. Don’t always use cabbage, just try to think
in different ways. It’s also very
healthy for you. And one thing to remember
when you’re cutting. Tuck your thumb in. I went ahead and sliced
my thumb this morning just to show you guys it
can happen to anyone. To Julienne onion,
cut it in half, I like to cut it in half
again just for size. All right so it’s been
about 20, 30 minutes, we’re gonna go check
on the mushrooms. All right,
these are looking good. We are going to go back
inside and shred them. All right, so
the mushrooms are ready, we are going to keep
making the slaw. So this is the dressing
for the slaw, we gonna to start with
our vegan mayonnaise. You are going to need one
cup of vegan mayonnaise, half a cup of apple
cider vinegar, and four table
spoons of sugar and a table spoon of
crushed red pepper. Take a whisk, and let’s get it all
together [SOUND]. We’re gonna take all
the vegetables that we chopped up, and just pour
the dressing right over. And the vinegar is
gonna help break down the kale and make it
nice and soft and edible. And then take your clean
hands, give it a toss. You can kind of crunch up
the kale too that’s gonna help break down
the fibers so you’re not gonna get a big mouth
full of just raw kale. That’s done.
We’re gonna let that sit on the side and let that
kind of marinate and break down a little bit. Now to shred
the mushrooms. Gonna take a mushroom. Take a regular
household fork. [MUSIC] And we’re gonna
just scrape them down like this. They look like
a little squids. And take your fork and
just mash the top part. So if you try to eat this
before we’re finished, it’s not gonna
be very good. It’s gonna taste like
you ate a campfire. Once we cook it with
the barbecue sauce, the smoke is gonna
mellow out and introduce itself
into the sauce, and it’s gonna be
really delicious. All right, so
we’re almost done. The next step is we’re gonna sauce
the mushrooms. Two tablespoons
of vegetable oil. [MUSIC] So our pan’s nice and
hot. I’ll grab the mushrooms. We’re gonna throw
right in the pan. [SOUND] That’s
an awesome sound. [SOUND] Then we’re gonna
grab our barbecue sauce. Then we just [SOUND]. Flip them around. Get it nice and coated. Heat it all
the way through. [SOUND] And if you don’t feel
comfortable sauteing. You don’t have
those skills yet? Use a spoon. Just move them around. Get it nice and coated. You want the barbecue
sauce to caramelize a little
bit and stick to the mushrooms
and not the pan. All right. So let’s assemble
the sandwich. I like to start with
the slaw on the bottom. Helps soak up
the barbecue sauce. Doesn’t get your
bun all soggy. And then, the barbecue
right on top of that. There we go. And that is your smoked,
pulled, trumpet mushroom
sandwich. [MUSIC] It’s messy, but
it’s pretty damn good. Thanks for joining me,
if you want to check out the recipe for my
barbecue pulled trumpet mushroom sandwich,
click on the link below. [SOUND]

100 comments on “How to Make a Vegan Pulled BBQ Mushroom Sandwich”

  1. lil spoon says:

    charisma on its peak

  2. RamDaRealist says:

    Not as good as the real thing

  3. Darth Vader says:

    Fucking gross I love meat

  4. Dontthreadonme says:

    Another trick you should try is adding pulled pork to your mushrooms.

  5. Tojo says:

    Every vegan I've met is either extremely overweight or underweight. It's always never looked "healthy"

  6. Lottis says:

    I'm keep thinking that he looks like Ben Affleck's burlier brother. Seems like a sweet dude anyhow.

  7. fiercedietyknight says:

    Ok but he's actually so handsome and well-spoken get this man his own tv show

  8. M C says:

    Who is this MAN ?? 😍

  9. Ewan G says:

    I am the furthest from vegan yet he makes those mushrooms look… and i assume feel, almost better than pulled pork! very well done my fine friend.

  10. Bettye's Cooking Channel says:


  11. Not Real says:

    I like him

  12. Madeleine Carson says:


  13. Valkes says:

    The first thing you need to understand about vegetarians is that most of us still hate mushrooms.

  14. Andrew Perkins says:

    Go flyers

  15. Diego Pérez Sommariva says:

    I find it funny how people from the US go vegan but its all burgers and “meat” dishes.
    Some things are harder to leave behind it seems.

  16. Zero Ox says:

    Ah look , a diabetes in a sandwich .

  17. Dawn Foster says:

    Vegan and still fat….

  18. Henry Harvey says:

    Could you dry the mushroom out in the oven and use some smoke flavouring instead of smoking?

  19. David Brownell says:

    Veganism is the sad result of corrupted moral values and misguided information about meat consumption

  20. EdwardThimbleHands says:

    The best barbeque sauce I've had is made from mixing Lee Kum Kim's Hoisin and Huy Fong's Sriracha. The ratio is based on how sweet or hot you want it.

  21. Lord Gunther says:

    I thought this was gonna be aome fucking white lady

  22. Lord Gunther says:

    Every vegan in this coment section is hella dansgame pepega

  23. Candice Davis says:

    I am not vegan but I will try this recipe, it looks delish and i love mushrooms

  24. Fabio Romanelli says:

    Y this dude so chill?

  25. Nkauj Sue Vaj says:

    Oh looks delicious, I grew up eating my veggies more than meat. I will try your recipe at home! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Dan Stanley says:

    Family owned, sweet to spicy, hot, and chipotle mustard; all vegan certified.  Hand crafted Sweet Revenge Barbecue Sauce By Sweet Revenge Barbecue Company is the home of tomorrows leaders leading the way in vegan Condiments.

  27. Alisia Lopez says:

    Goddamn that looks fucking good

  28. Ashish Singh says:

    It took a cup of BBQ sauce, a cup of vegan mayonnaise, 4 tablespoons of sugar to make some fungus sandwich taste good.

  29. Windy Hicks says:

    That looks absolutely amazing and you seem like a very smart man. Thank you so much for your video and your recipe that's wonderful.

  30. Joseph Munoz says:

    Damn. Chicks love vegans

  31. Deucey D says:

    Are all vegans gay liberals or what

  32. Amaterasu says:

    I'm a level 7 Vegan. I don't eat anything that has a shadow.

  33. Hannah Lane says:

    I’m no cook, so when he whipped out those wood chips…………… could imagine the look on my face

  34. dougHBK says:

    his face is so red and puffy. his body is rejecting this vegetable only diet.

  35. en0ts says:

    Lazy and inefficient

  36. Carl Von Henri says:

    Have to try this one !

  37. kingcam0775 says:

    mushrooms are nasty

  38. adam eve says:

    I like this dude. Straightforward cooking. Makes me want to go vegan again

  39. Will Mahler says:

    Dig it! Gonna try this recipe!

  40. Rhymes & Kids أناشيد الروضة says:

    Cook Marokkaanse Tajin met vlees en sesam

  41. N Aleman says:

    This looks delicious. Can't wait to try.

  42. Yulirs says:

    Just made some!!! Was delicious!! Proof vegans can have fun

  43. Ny the Cook says:

    Great video! Check out our Brussels Sprout Stir Fry video:

  44. NewLowBro says:

    What a sexy vegan alpha male <3

  45. Jasper Baxar says:


  46. Modern Modern says:

    You did a delicious meal, yummy 😋

  47. Magma says:

    I am pretty sure it tastes very good – my appreciation. I think of your story as a SUCCESS story. I also started cooking when I became vegan. But, there is a HEALTH concern… It’s smoke. Hungary is well known for SMOKED foods, meats and cheeses. In some parts of the country where SMOKING food is predominant the cases of STOMACH CANCERS doubled.

    Since 2014, Vegan cooking got enriched with lots of delicious recipes. The other day I just got two new COOKBOOKS, one from Bryant Terry, the Afro-Vegan cookbook, the other from Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Both are super inventive and delicious. Also, the internet is filled with expert vegan cooks as well, we just need to look for them.

    Vegan DOCTORS to Listen to about Vegan Ethics, Health nd Lifestyle: Michael Klaper, John McDougall, Thomas Colin Campbell, Neal Barnard, Michael Greger, Nathan Pritkin, Alan Goldhamer, Anthony Lim, Caldwell Esselstyn. Dean Ornish etc. Also, NCBI, EWG and other research sites are good to read about health. Thanks for your video.

  48. MyDeathBunny says:

    I professional chef Who cooks for a living, okay Kale slaw is good but but the old school with cabbage? I love you smoked the mushrooms but not tasty vegan cheese recipe? And last but not lest, no pickle for this original pull sandwich? Home pickles? Maybe I dying!?🤔

  49. Helen Krane says:

    How would I do this, without a grill? (I don’t have a grill)

  50. Wolf Muller says:

    you don't. period.

  51. Lexa B says:

    “A lot of what you cook isn’t very good” speak for yourself dog. This vegan would never make a pulled “pork” sandwich with kale slaw.

  52. Amba Kaur says:

    Sexy man cooking sexy food!!

  53. Power Gamez says:


  54. neberyx says:

    Don't disrespect BBQ with your shitty vegan alternatives. Eat real BBQ or don't even bother.

  55. howzerqwerty says:

    Needs bacon.

  56. Jordan Leong says:

    4 years late but where are the cabinet handles

  57. Brianna Gordy says:

    Even for non vegans, these mushroom recipes do just fine. I absolutely love mushroom burgers, mushroom steak, and I'm definitely going to try this one. One of my favorites is a healthier version of steak and and eggs which is eggs and mushroom steak. Sure not vegan but could easily be made vegan with either tofu or imitation eggs.

  58. VermillionSquad says:

    Dude i'm not even Vegan and this looks hella good.

  59. M Charmayne says:

    I can’t wait to try this!!!! Thank you 😊

  60. Yams Ondeck says:

    Why would any vegan have a grill

  61. MrKernkraft4000 says:

    Pretty cool guy. Very thorough, articulate in the way he explains the recipe.

  62. ElSchneids says:

    Wow, this looks incredible. Gonna have to make some 4th of july pulled mushroom sandwiches.

  63. DC Beast says:

    Pulled mushroom, faaakkk uuuuuu

  64. taydertot says:

    I’m not vegetarian or vegan and I’m about to make this.

  65. Nathan Molenda says:

    Why not put in a little extra effort to make a sandwich that is not so messy?

  66. Drew Jameson says:

    Not a vegan but this looks and sounds delicious.

  67. judyyhuynh says:

    Wow I’m in love

  68. kirill khizhnyak says:


  69. V Noble says:

    Where can we see more of this chef or his recipes?

  70. H.M Nayef says:

    Not fan of barbecue sauce. Any idea of what I can use instead ?

  71. ZARTHALAS says:

    damned. I guess i know what's for tomorrow's dinner. A good trick for sandwiches is to hollow out the bun a bit, it holds more content and traps it for easier eating. thansk for this!

  72. Niall Sulcer says:

    "I think everybody loves kale." Ohoho, that's where you're wrong.

  73. Asuka.Langley.Soryu says:

    Vegans also catch flak for being entitled individuals who often not attempt to impose their way of life onto another individual, generally acting as the higher intellect. I have no problems with vegans, nor what they cook because some of them create delicious and ingenious things.

  74. sacred Fascism says:

    amazing video. thank you

  75. Devin Peterson says:


  76. pheflin526 says:

    I would give this a try, but heads up, most BBQ sauces aren’t vegan. Worcestershire sauce is a popular ingredient and isn’t vegan.
    But the smoked mushrooms look better than jackfruit, so I’m gonna give this a go!

  77. Beta'nın Fötr Şapkası says:

    fucking fat son of a vegan oh i meant bitch

  78. nicholas cicchillitti says:

    I’m living for these hot, bear, burly men cooking delicious vegan food AND who are vegan!

    Yum yum yum yum

    And I mean the food obviously 😉

    But seriously everything looks delicious

  79. jude martiniak says:

    what to do if you dont have a grill lol rip

  80. 26alexther says:

    That looks delicious

  81. Unbeastable says:


  82. A. O. Gilmore says:

    Looks great!  Mushrooms are kind of "meaty" and taste great as a meat substitute

  83. BillDownhill says:

    This looks like a great topping for my pulled pork.

  84. faisal 11176 says:

    Vegan and bbq 😂😂😂😂🤣🤣

  85. MA says:

    As a knife maker, I couldn’t stop admiring his chefs knife more haha

  86. aj says:

    Vegans are self righteous douchebags. That is why they catch so much shit. Not because meat eaters “feel guilty”

  87. Wakky Wabbit says:

    If that bread was made with commercial wheat flour then the sandwich is not vegan. All commercially milled and processed flour contains insects and insect eggs.

    I'm guessing that kale had a few stragglers hiding here and there.

  88. Sam Van Duzen says:

    great vid, bro!

  89. GobiusIndustries says:

    Made this. Very, very good; many thanks. Vegan mayo can be subbed out for cashew cream if u got it.

  90. Ezekiel Amaterasu says:

    Vegan's are fooling themselves that they're saving the earth…

  91. Brian Kokoszka says:

    "A lot of vegans catch flack, because what you eat doesn't taste good." Vegan food is so good, especially in this decade. Strange hearing that from a vegan chef in SoCal, an epicenter of delicious vegan restaurants and cutting edge vegan dishes of every type. This recipe sounds good, though. Hope people like it.

  92. Vee says:

    Too bad he’s not a vegan IRL

  93. Cami says:

    I just stumbled upon video today … IT IS AWESOME … will be trying this SOON

  94. ulises juarez luevano says:

    I just found out he is not vegan not anymore.

  95. Jacob DeCoursey says:

    I'm vegetarian. I don't love kale.

    Edit: this sandwich looks boss though.

  96. Olufs Waterview says:

    That looks so good

  97. Jack Black says:

    Every single time i see a good looking vegan dish, one thought pop up in my head:

    "It would be better with meat."

    Guess I'm just looking for a vegan dish that would be terrible with meat.

  98. 8 and Sk8 says:

    I bet it looks better than it tastes

  99. moneymo _35 says:

    It's not that they hate vegans, we just don't know why you need pulled bbq mushrooms, just eat your vegetables and stop trying to make vegetable-meat.

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