Faux pulled pork made with canned young, green jackfruit is a great vegetarian option for anyone missing a nice meaty meal. BBQ jackfruit will deliver the taste and texture of your favorite BBQ pork. This jackfruit recipe is basically a BBQ sauce delivery system. Young, green jackfruit makes a great meat substitute that works well as a substitute for either pork OR chicken. Jackfruit is a plant, but even when cooked it retains a texture that can pass for meat, especially when used in this BBQ jackfruit dish. Canned jackfruit is easy to use, its inexpensive, and a very versatile ingredient. Unripe jackfruit adds a nice texture when pulled apart, and its neutral flavor makes it ideal for many recipes, including faux pulled pork BBQ, meatless tacos, breakfast hash, and I’ve even used it as a substitution for chicken in a vegetarian version of chicken tikka masala.
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Ingredients for Jackfruit “pulled pork” BBQ
1 20oz can young, green JACKFRUIT
1 medium ONION
2-4 cloves GARLIC
your favorite BBQ SAUCE
1 tsp CUMIN POWDER
½ tsp CHILI POWDER
some SALT and PEPPER
OIL for sauteing
How to Make Vegetarian Pulled Pork BBQ with Jackfruit
Rinse and drain the young, green jackfruit. Make sure to buy unripe green jackfruit and NOT the
yellow ripe jackfuit.
Shred the jackfruit. I do this by hand, it’s very easy, but you can use a knife, too.
Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.
Add thinly sliced onion and finely chopped garlic and saute 3-4 minutes.
Add in seasoning.
Add jackfruit and a little BBQ sauce.
Raise the temperature and heat the jackfruit through, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the dish reduces as the water cooks out of
the onion and jackfruit.
Add more BBQ sauce to desired sauciness, and then remove from heat.
This vegetarian pulled pork substitute is great all on its own, over rice, or perfect on a soft roll or bun.
Definitely give it a try. If you like pulled pork BBQ, you will be amazed at this vegetarian option.
What is Jackfruit?
Jackfruit is exactly what it sounds like, a fruit, but it’s HUGE. A 50 pound jackfruit is not uncommon. This giant tropical fruit grows on
trees and is very popular in Asia. Unripe, jackfruit can be treated like a starch, cooked and used in savory dishes. Ripened jackfruit can be eaten raw and is very juicy and sweet; quite a combo. Buying and cleaning a fresh jackfruit is quite an endevour. For me, canned jackfruit is a perfect ingredient. I prefer unripe,
young, green jackfruit and find it to be a terrific ingredient to experiment with in a variety of recipes. The texture of unripe jackfruit makes it a fantastic faux meat, and the mildness of its flavor allows it to be incredibly versatile. I’ve used it as a meatless pulled pork BBQ, as a faux meat filling in tacos, in an Indian-style variation of Jackfruit Tikka Masala, and as a potato hash for breakfast. Its super nutritious, readily available at Asian markets, and well worth giving a try.
For more jackfruit dishes, take a look at a playlist of my favorite Canned Jackfruit Recipes
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