Vegan “Pulled Pork” BBQ – made with Jackfruit

One of my all-time favorite foods is barbecue.  In my “former life” when I was a meat eater, a delicious pulled pork or shredded chicken sandwich was at the top of my list of favorite foods.  It wasn’t until recently that Nathan and I discovered Jackfruit.Jackfruit  In this recipe we use a can of green Jackfruit from Trader Joe’s.  We haven’t yet ventured far enough in to Jackfruit cuisine to learn how to properly cut and prepare a whole Jackfruit (which are HUGE, by the way).  Regardless, the canned version here works beautifully.  The texture is great and mimics that of pulled pork or shredded chicken quite well.  I encourage you to give this a try.  We might try homemade vegan Jackfruit Tamales next.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can green Jackfruit
  • 5 Tbsp homemade BBQ Sauce

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Directions:

Add the canned green Jackfruit to a medium sauce pan brine and all.  Add a little more water to make sure the fruit is covered.  Boil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, prepare your onions and garlic.  After 5 minutes, remove the Jackfruit from heat and drain completely.  Add the Jackfruit to a medium mixing bowl and using two forks pull it apart (or shred it).  Let the Jackfruit cool and then finish shredding it by hand until you get the basic look and consistency of shredded chicken (there will be some small chunks that resemble chopped chicken as well).

Preheat your oven to 450°

Next, in a large skillet saute the onions and garlic in 1 Tbsp of olive oil until the onions are just beginning to turn translucent.  Add the shredded Jackfruit to the pan mix thoroughly and heat through (approximately 5 minutes).  Once the Jackfruit mixture is hot, add 5 Tbsp of your homemade BBQ Sauce (recipe here).  Mix thoroughly and heat through for 3 to 5 minutes.

Pour the BBQ Jackfruit onto a cookie sheet and spread into a thin layer.  Bake at 450° for 15 minutes.  The goal is to dry out the Jackfruit slightly to give it a better texture.

Once cooked, you can use this BBQ Jackfruit just like you would BBQ pork or chicken.  We put it on some homemade bread and enjoyed it with a delicious homemade pasta salad.

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