Simple BBQ Pulled Jackfruit
A healthy and incredibly tasty vegetarian and vegan alternative to pulled pork or chicken. Quick and easy to make. Even carnivores love it! Adapted from Sam Turnbull's recipe "It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken"
If you are new to jackfruit you are in for a treat! You can often find it at your local Asian market in cans. This recipe uses young green jackfruit in brine or water (not syrup). When the jackfruit is young it is not sweet. It actually doesn’t taste like much nor does it taste like chicken, but the cool thing about it is that once cooked, it has this pulled, shredded texture that is totally fun. Toss it with some BBQ sauce, and you are on your way to one of the best vegan sandwiches I have ever encountered.
To prepare your jackfruit, drain and rinse it, then cut the jackfruit into smaller pieces. For optimal texture, cut the slices from core to the outer edge as seen in the picture above, which breaks up the tougher core as much as possible, and makes for the best “pulled” texture. Sauté onions and garlic in a bit of oil, and once tender add in the chopped jackfruit. Add in the vegetable broth and cover and simmer for another 8 to 10 minutes until the jackfruit is tender enough to mash.
Sauté onions and garlic in a bit of oil, and once tender add in the chopped jackfruit. Add in the vegetable broth and cover and simmer for another 8 to 10 minutes until the jackfruit is tender enough to mash.
Use the jackfruit how you like! I suggest putting it on a bun with a simple coleslaw of shredded cabbage and carrots tossed with Coleslaw Dressing. Yum! This would also be super satisfyingly scrumptious in tacos, on pizza, or nachos as just a few ideas! Don’t be surprised if you see these recipe ideas coming up in the future.
2 20oz cans young green jackfruit, in brine or water (not in syrup!)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
3/4 cup BBQ sauce
Preheat your oven to 400F. Lightly grease a baking pan.
Drain and rinse the jackfruit. Cut the jackfruit into smaller pieces by cutting it from core to the edge for the most pulled texture (see photos).
Add the olive oil to a large frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat, and when hot add the onions and garlic. Sauté until the onions are tender and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add in the chopped jackfruit and vegetable broth. Cover and continue to cook another 8 to 10 minutes, until the jackfruit is soft enough that it can be mashed. Mash the jackfruit with potato masher, until it breaks apart and looks pulled or shredded.
To finish the jackfruit spread in an even layer across the baking pan and then pop it in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and pour over 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and stir to combine. Toss it back in the oven for about 10 minutes, until it looks delicious and golden and even a few strands get a bit burnt. Remove from the oven and if desired stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce to make it even saucier.