Over the past months I have been watching lots of vegan YouTube cooking videos and a recurring trend has been using Jackfruit as a substitute for pulled pork. I love a good pulled pork sandwich! Spicy, saucy tender meat topped with tangy crisp coleslaw on a fresh roll is one of my favourite lunches. Since we have stopped eating pork I have naturally been intrigued by the is jackfruit recipe – intrigued but sceptical!
My first hurdle was finding jackfruit. I live in a town of about 50k people and we have 3 large grocery stores and 1 large specialty ‘health food’ grocer. None of these carried jackfruit or were able to order it in for me. I turned to Amazon, but they were sold out. Marmalade offered to bring me some from Calgary on her next visit but then I found some in Superstore in a nearby city. Jackfruit comes packed in either water, syrup or brine. My store didn’t have the water packed so I settled for brined and gave it a thorough rinse before cooking.
- 1 can Jackfruit (in water or brine)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp water
Once you have rinsed the jackfruit trim off a little bit of of the core of each piece.
Melt the coconut oil in a sauté pan on medium heat. Add the jackfruit and cook for 2 minutes. Add 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. If you used jackfruit packed in water you should add a pinch of salt here. Cook jackfruit for another 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add this mixture to the pan with the jackfruit and bring to a light boil. Cook this mixture for another 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Mix the corn starch and water together and add to the pan. Stir until thickened and reduce heat. Using two forks break up the pieces of jackfruit. I found a combination of shredding the larger pieces and pressing the smaller ones with the back of a fork will make this process easy.
You will be amazed at the texture and taste of this jackfruit, it definitely satisfied my craving for pulled pork. I served it as sliders with coleslaw on top. Both my meat-loving husband and I give these two thumbs up!