‘Vegan Brisket’ Causes Barbecue Backlash on Twitter
This is sacrilege.
A TV writer who bravely shared a photo of “vegan brisket” on Twitter has been getting absolutely roasted by meat-eating BBQ aficionados slamming his mutant creation.
Kevin Biegel, who has written for Scrubs and Cougartown, shared the sponge-like image of his vegan dish, which he revealed was a mix of “jackfruit, seitan, miso, beer, Franklin BBQ sauce made w extra sugar so it carmelized to a crust.”
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
But Twitter’s BBQ boosters couldn’t resist brutally clapping back at Biegel’s attempt at recreating the smokehouse staple:
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.
— David, Grand Duke of Tennessee (@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
Fox News has more details:
Biegel, a father of two whose IMDB credits include writing for shows including “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town,” later explained in the responses that he himself isn’t vegan, but began experimenting with alternatives after a recent heart attack.
“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.
On the flip side, Biegel also got plenty of responses from followers asking for the recipe, and commending him on trying to change his diet, even though some suggested that his ingredients — namely the BBQ sauce — were a little high in sugar.
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
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
Me at age 20: lulz, veggies are gross and dumb.
Me at 40 concerned about my BP, cholesterol and wanting to be alive for my family: so where can I get jackfruit? https://t.co/lQN2DKk5M1
— DocAquatic (@TheDocaquatic) September 17, 2018
But on Monday Biegel renamed his dish “Vrisket” so as not to incur the wrath of real brisket lovers, and declared that he makes and enjoys the real stuff, too.
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
Would you ever eat “vrisket” or is enjoying real meat worth the health risk?