BBQ Pulled Jackfruit (Fresh)
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Turn fresh jackfruit into delicious vegan BBQ pulled "pork."
Serves: 4-6
  • 5 lbs. fresh unripe jackfruit
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1½ tsp. liquid smoke
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup vegan BBQ sauce (your favorite store bought or homemade kind)
  • Buns for pulled pork sandwiches or corn tortillas for gluten-free pulled jackfruit tacos
  1. Remove the skin and outer ¼-1/2 inch of the jackfruit. Pull and cut the jackfruit to remove the stringy parts that are between the fruit. This is the part of the fruit that you will use to make the BBQ. Discard the rest or use it for something else.
  2. Saute the onion in olive oil over medium heat for about 7 minutes or until translucent, then add the garlic and saute a minute or so longer.
  3. Add the jackfruit, sugar, spices, and liquid smoke. Stir until the jackfruit is evenly covered.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until liquid is mostly absorbed.
  5. Transfer the jackfruit out to a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cover with bbq sauce.
  7. Return the jackfruit to the oven and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the jackfruit is lightly browned.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
*Be sure your jackfruit is pale in color, if it's ripe, it won't work for the recipe.
*WARNING: The jackfruit is VERY sticky. You'll have to wash your hands a few times to get all the stickiness off.
*For gluten-free, the pulled jackfruit is delicious on corn tortillas with sliced avocado.
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