BBQ sauce is terribly underrepresented in vegetarian cooking. Our culture seems to think that without meat, there is no place for BBQ sauce. What a tragedy! There are so many exciting plant-based uses for this amazing sauce. You can sauté tempeh or tofu with it, dip french fries into it, use it as a pizza sauce, make a salad dressing with it, and so much more. This recipe, however, might be one of the tastiest uses: we’re finely-slicing portobello mushrooms and sautéing them with onions, BBQ sauce, and some spices for a delicious “pulled pork” type of sandwich filling. I daresay these sandwiches could make even a few meat eaters jealous at your summer BBQs.
Best of all, this recipe is super simple. With only 5 minutes of easy prep and 30 minutes of simmering, it’s the perfect lazy, last-minute weekend dinner.
Makes about 10 sliders
- 4 large portobello mushrooms
- 1 white onion
- 1/3+ cup BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 10 mini hamburger buns
Finely dice the onion and garlic and add these to a saucepan with a splash of water. Allow this to brown for 5-7 minutes while finely slicing the mushrooms into thin strips. You can do this by hand (like I did, but the ones in my picture are actually a little too big) but for best results, use a julienne peeler or mandolin with julienne attachment to create very thin strips. Add these to the skillet with the BBQ sauce, vinegar, and soy sauce.
Allow everything to simmer on low heat for at least 30 minutes. The mushrooms will reduce considerably and absorb the BBQ flavor. Since BBQ sauces can vary so much, it’s smart to give the mushrooms a taste after 30 minutes to adjust any seasonings. Not salty enough? Add more sea salt. Want more heat? Throw in some cayenne. Need stronger acidity? Add more vinegar.
When everything is perfect, simply add the mushroom filling onto the mini buns (or full-sized hamburger buns) and serve. These aren’t super calorie-dense so 4 sliders or 2 full-sized buns might be a reasonable serving. Enjoy!