Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit – eat it on a sandwich, in a taco, or by itself! Easy to make and customize based on your favorite flavor bbq sauce.
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“Uh, Kelly? You have BBQ and Fruit in the same sentence. I think you made a mistake in the title of this recipe.”
(This is how I imagine your reaction right now.)
No mistake here, friends.
I first heard of jackfruit while at Trader Joe's, as they sell cans of “young jackfruit” in brine. I bought a can, but had no idea what to do with it. So I let it sit a while.
Then when I visited Salt Lake City a couple months back, I had my first taste of bbq jackfruit – in tacos! I had known it was meant as a vegan meat substitute, but I didn't really believe it until I tried it.
From my understanding, fresh jackfruit is not all that tasty. But if you cook it up and add some sauce to it, it is!
Also, the texture allows it to be “pulled” like actual bbq (i.e. “pulled pork” or “pulled chicken”). What other fruit can do that?!
After shredding (and by shredding I mean mashing with a fork):
Looks like meat, no?
BBQ meat is big where I'm from (good old North Carolina) so I'm waiting for the day BBQ Jackfruit is offered at one of these southern restaurants.
Hey, it could happen.
This is one of those recipes where the taste greatly depends on the sauce used. I used a spicy sriracha and roasted garlic BBQ sauce from – you guessed it – Trader Joe's.
Since mine was already spicy, I didn't add any more spices. But if you use a plainer bbq sauce and find it's missing some flavor, I like to add some smoked paprika and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Vegan Pulled BBQ Jackfruit
- 1 20 oz. can green (young) jackfruit in brine or water (about 2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 white onion , chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1/2 cup bbq sauce , your favorite flavor / vegan if necessary (I used a sriracha and roasted garlic bbq sauce from Trader Joe's)
- 1/2 cup water
- Drain and throughly rinse jackfruit.
- In a medium stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes until onions turn translucent.
- Add rinsed jackfruit, bbq sauce and water to pot and cook for 5-10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Using a potato masher or large fork, mash the jackfruit to create the "pulled meat" consistency. Add more water if necessary, cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Add more bbq sauce if desired, and serve! Can be eaten by itself, made into sandwiches, or tacos.
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