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Pulled Portobello BBQ Sandwich on a board and a spoon with bbq sauce on it.

Pulled Portobello BBQ Sandwiches

Sweet. Smoky. Spicy. And finger-licking good! Pulled Portobello BBQ Sandwiches come together in about 30 minutes and are freezer friendly! vegan + easily gluten free
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Pulled Mushroom, Vegan BBQ Sandwich, Vegetarian BBQ Sandwich
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 - 3 Sandwiches
Calories 361kcal
Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean


  • 3 (450g) Portobello Mushrooms about 1 lb
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Oil unrefined
  • 1 C (150g) Yellow Onion diced, about 1/2 a medium onion
  • 1/2 C (100g) Homemade Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce* or favorite brand + more for serving (see note)
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp Liquid Smoke I like hickory (optional but recommended)
  • 2- 3 Hamburger Style Buns gluten free if needed

Serve With (optional):


  • Preheat oven to 425F (220C), place oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a sheet pan with silpat or parchment paper. 
  • Remove the stems of the portobello and set aside (they don't need to be roasted like the tops.. they're already dry). Turn the mushroom caps, bottoms up, on a work surface. Using a small metal spoon, gently scrape out the "gills" on the underside of the mushroom. Doing this helps reduce the moisture content further (toss the gills into the yard, garden or compost!). Place the mushroom caps, bottoms up, on the sheet pan and roast for 20-25 minutes. This helps dry them dry out. 
  • While the mushrooms are roasting, add the oil to a saute pan and heat until it shimmers. Turn the heat to low to medium-low and add the onion, stirring occasionally until tender, about 10 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, slice the stems removing the smallest amount possible at the base to remove the tough edge. Use two forks to "pull" the mushroom stems separating pieces with your fingers if needed until they are shredded. Set aside in a medium bowl. 
  • Remove the portobello from the oven and once cool enough to handle, and using two forks again, shred the mushrooms, separating larger pieces with your fingers if needed until they are shredded. Add them to the same bowl with the shredded stems. 
  • To the sauted onions, add all the shredded mushrooms, BBQ sauce and liquid smoke. Cook on medium-low for about five minutes to warm through stirring occasionally. Put the lid on to keep warm until ready to serve. Serve on warmed buns, stuffed into a sweet potato or cooled slightly in sturdy lettuce wraps. Top with coleslaw or pickles and serve with potato salad, corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans... anything that you love with BBQ!
  • Store in a lidded container in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two weeks. Thaw in the fridge overnight and gently reheat on the stove-top. 


*A Note on BBQ Sauce: For this recipe, use your favorite store brand, recipe or you can opt to make my Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce. My homemade sauce contains bourbon and Worcestershire (v+gf).  Opt to use what best fits your diet/needs whether a traditional bourbon/whiskey or a sorghum based whiskey, you can leave it out all together if preferred. Conflicting information remains regarding distilled spirits being okay to consume for some gluten free individuals, but may not be okay for all. 


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 966mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2.5mg