I have been so excited about trying to use jackfruit in my blog for the longest time. The first time I bought jackfruit from the grocery store I bought ripe sweet jackfruit which isn't what you need to make vegan pulled pork sandwiches. You have to buy young jackfruit that is not ripe yet. I chose to buy it canned in brine, also an important step because sometimes it can be canned in syrup. I have to admit, buying a fresh jackfruit seemed a little intimidating to me. I had no clue how to prepare jackfruit at all, even the canned version.
of course, I went to the all-knowing google to learn how to prepare the canned version and I suggest you do the same if you are also a jackfruit virgin. There was plenty of YouTube videos on the subject. I took a few pictures and will post here but I believe a video serves better on this subject and plan to do this for one of my meatless Monday's meals soon!
The jackfruit has a core like a pineapple and you will cut that part off. Within the flesh that is left, you will use there will be a seed here and there and you just take those out and pull apart the flesh to look like its shredded. It comes apart very easily. Pretty easy!
Definitely give this recipe a try. It's quick and easy and delicious! Also, it's plant-based which has many benefits for your health.
2 20 oz. cans of young jackfruit in brine.
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
Vegan BBQ sauce 1/2-1 cup. This is really to your preference.
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
For The Slaw:
1 package of shredded red and green cabbage with carrots. (I used Trader Joes Organic)
The juice of 1 Lime
1 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup
1/4 cup of tahini
Sea salt to taste
1 package of vegan sandwich buns.
Makes 4 sandwiches.
Prepare slaw by adding together all ingredients, mixing together well and let sit until ready to serve.
For the jackfruit, drain the fluid from the cans and dry off the jackfruit the best you can. Prepare and shred as described above.
In a medium saute pan on medium heat. Add olive oil, heat through. Add the prepared jack fruit and all the spices. Add BBQ sauce and mix together. Add water a 1/2 cup at a time until it's a little bit watery (see picture) and all the flavors can combine.
Continue to cook on medium heat until the mixture thickens enough to put on a sandwich. You don't want those buns to get soggy!
Toast buns quickly if you prefer. Then top with the jackfruit mixture and the slaw.
Pairs great with a salad or some roasted potatoes!
Hope you enjoy