Not since your brother-in-law’s last cookout has a slab of brisket caused so much anger. I’m not sure the last time a slab of brisket has caused so much anger, which seems to have cause an uproar in social media.
TV writer Kevin Biegel took to Twitter last week to share his attempt at creating a vegan “brisket” from a combination of common meat alternatives like seitan, jackfruit and miso.
Vegan brisket experiment was a success! 18 hour smoke over oak. 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 carmalized to a crust — and it did! Plus I don’t feel gross after eating it! pic.twitter.com/BivCMm4D3c
— kevinbiegel (@kbiegel) September 10, 2018
In doing so, he generated an outcry from BBQ lovers who refuse to ever trade their meat in for plant based grill marks.
I freaking love the lengths you fruitloops go to in order to approximate meat. “Meat sucks, but I’m going to spend months coming up with something just like it.”
Except it’s not just like it. It’s some crap you threw together in a bowl to delude yourself. Just have a salad.
— Dooley from Claire (@abominabledavid) September 15, 2018
That looks disgusting.. this is what you were supposed to cook pic.twitter.com/JmDDs80Hyy
— JJ Morris (@JarredMorris) September 15, 2018
I’m actually laying in my bed eating a brisket sandwich made from a once fully functioning cow. I don’t feel gross at all!
— Gordon🌹 (@GWarnell) September 16, 2018
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!
— Chris Liuzza (@CLiuzza) September 15, 2018
Biegal, who’s showbiz writing credentials include show like “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town,” later said that he isn’t Vegan, but began trying different meat alternatives after experiencing heart issues over a decade ago.
“I eat [meat] in moderation. I make it for people. But I’m gonna stick with my heart doctors and the experts when it comes to my health, thanks,” Biegel added.
Biegel has seen an overwhelming number of responses from followers asking for recipes, and honoring him for the diet change, even though some commented that ingredients, mainly the BBQ sauce was a little high in sugar.
It looks delicious. 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.
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 15, 2018
I’ve seen the hate/jokes all day on my TL. Seriously, good for you! You have a health issues & it’s cool that you are doing something about it. Good luck. I was diagnosed w/ a wheat allergy this year & feel you on having to change your diet. It’s hard!
— Wesley (@wasteph_wes) September 16, 2018
Yo just say you care about animals cause all health arguments went out the door the minute you said “Beer, bbq, and extra sugar”
— Kevin Campbell (@Kev_Campbell) September 16, 2018
On Monday, Biegel thanked his followers for getting his back on social media and said he’d soon share the recipe for his vegan brisket, or “vrisket.”
FYI thank you for the kind words everyone re the Vegan Vrisket (I will call it that, I get it, brisket = meat, and I like vrisket). I will post the recipe today.
I’ve been making BBQ for about a decade and am finally getting okay at the real stuff, too. I live in both worlds! https://t.co/aaSPsusjEv
— kevinbiegel (@kbiegel) September 17, 2018