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Succulent, "fall apart" vegan ribs, made with meaty king oyster mushrooms and jackfruit. Impress your friends with this cruelty free recipe at the next BBQ cookout!
As a native from St. Louis, Missouri, it feels good to be able to enjoy ribs again without having to harm an animal!
But it also pairs well with vegan soul food recipes like dairy free mac and cheese, pressure cooker collard greens, and spelt cornbread. Plus it is high in protein, low and fat, making it a great post workout meal for healthy vegan weight gain.
So what exactly does it take to make vegan ribs''?
Vegan Ribs Ingredients
- King Oyster Mushrooms: This website is no stranger to vegan oyster mushroom recipes. You can find these type of mushrooms at your local Asian Market. These mushrooms help with the "fall apart" texture.
- Jackfruit: This also helps with a "fall apart" meaty texture on the inside of your ribs.
- Vital Wheat Gluten: Popularly known as "seitan" when it is made into a meat substitute, is a type of flour that that is processed in a way that removes the starch and keeps the gluten or wheat protein. You might of seen this go viral on Tik Tok where people are "washing" their flour to remove the starch. Well vital wheat gluten saves you the trouble of doing all that as it has already been processed for you. It it has a very chewy and meat like texture and because of that, it is vital for this type of recipe.
- Vegan Butter
- Nutritional Yeast
- Vegetable Broth
- Spices: For that smokey flavor I used smoked salt, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and brown sugar
How to Make King Oyster Mushroom Ribs?
*Please read detailed and printable recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions.
Substitution, Cook, & Storage Tips
- King Oyster Mushrooms is the star of this recipe. If you cant find King Oyster Mushrooms, you can substitute with regular oyster mushrooms. Lion's Mane could also work well with this recipe. You can try with regular mushrooms too like white button but keep in mind those mushrooms don't shred.
- Vital Wheat Gluten is a type of flour that cannot be substituted with regular baking flour. Please more above about this flour. . If you are sensitive to gluten, you try this recipe with unflavored soy protein powder (NOT soy flour) or unflavored pea protein powder. I have not tried this and cannot guarantee a good outcome.
- This recipe will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze it for up to a month. To reheat, place on pan and bake in oven on low heat.
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King Oyster Mushroom Vegan "Ribs"
- 1 20 ounce canned jackfruit in brine (not syrup), shredded
- 6-8 cups filtered water (enough for boiling) optional; note 1
- 1 medium king oyster mushroom note 1
- 1 ½ teaspoon applewood smoked salt, divided note 2
- 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder, divided
- 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder, divided
- 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
- 2 tablespoon vegan butter
- 1 ¼ cup vital wheat gluten note 3
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable broth
- Vegan BBQ Sauce (for topping) note 4
- This step is OPTIONAL however I highly recommend you do it to avoid the brine taste in your vegan ribs. You can do this ahead of time, in batches, so that you will already have neutral-tasting jackfruit ready and prepared.
- Add water to a large pot and bring to a boil. Rinse and drain your jackfruit and then add them to the pot of boiling water. Boil for an hour.
- Drain jackfruit from the water. If the brine taste is still in there. Boil in a new pot of water for 30 more minutes. (It should be gone or lessen drastically after the first hour of boiling). Allow jackfruit to cool for 10 minutes and dry with a paper towel absorbing as much excess water as possible.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Clean mushroom with a damp paper towel. Begin to cut off the bottom ends of the king oyster mushroom as that part is very tough. Cut off the tops and chop them up. You will want to keep this part as it's very tender.
- Take your fork and comb through mushroom, creating a shredded texture. Transfer all your pieces to a baking pan, along with your shredded jackfruit. Be sure to use a big enough pan to separate the mushrooms from the jackfruit.
- Sprinkle ½ teaspoon each of applewood smoked salt, garlic powder, on powder, and smoked paprika on top of both shredded king oyster mushroom and jackfruit. Toss to coat.
- Next take some pieces of vegan butter and place it on top off the shredded king oyster mushrooms only, The butter helps "tenderize the mushrooms". I don't add butter to the jackfruit to dry them out and make them more "meaty." Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Once done, remove from oven and set aside. Keep oven on.
- Grab a large mixing and add to it vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon each of applewood smoke salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Add ½ teaspoon of brown sugar to the flour batter mix together. Then add your baked jackfruit, oyster mushrooms, and vegetable broth to the bowl.
- Begin to mix the ingredients together until liquid fully covers the flour, and quickly after begin to knead your mixture for a 1- 2 minutes. Do NOT over knead it. Just enough to fully combine the mushroom and jackfruit with the dough. Don't worry about if it isn't completely combined or perfect. Baking will help combine everything together.
- Shape your dough into a rectangle loaf shape about 1 inch thick, and place it on of the same pan you used to bake your jackfruit and mushrooms. Top with Vegan BBQ Sauce and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Once done, allow to cool for 5 minutes. top with more Vegan BBQ Sauce and cut horizontally into strips. Serve with some vegan potato salad, vegan baked beans, and vegan coleslaw!
- KING OYSTER MUSHROOM: You can substitute with regular oyster mushrooms if you like. Or if you cannot find any oyster mushrooms, feel free to use just jackfruit for this recipe.
- SMOKED SALT: This salt is amazing and helps gives your ribs a nice smokey flavor. You can buy it on Amazon or your local Whole Foods. You can also substitute with liquid smoke.
- VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN FLOUR: Please DO NOT substitute this flour with gluten free flours such as chickpea flour, almond flour, etc. Please read more about vital wheat gluten in the post above as this is a very different type of flour. If you are sensitive to gluten, you try this recipe with unflavored soy protein powder (NOT soy flour) or unflavored pea protein powder. I have not tried this and cannot guarantee a good outcome.
- VEGAN BBQ SAUCE: This is a homemade bbq sauce recipe and is super delicious with this recipe. I highly recommend it or you can use favorite brand of BBQ sauce.
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