Monday, March 8, 2010

pulled pork sandwich

i live in kansas city, and there is no shortage of good barbecue sauces here.  and man, do i love a good bbq sauce - especially grilled up on some veggies. since it's winter and too cold to grill, lately i've been enjoying it on pulled pork sammies.  there are a variety of ways to make vegan pulled pork - my personal favourite would have to be using young green jackfruit, as it has a nice shredded texture and absorbs the bbq flavour well. i get it at my local asian grocer. you can find a handful of pulled pork recipes using jackfruit online - it's not a new concept - but here is the recipe i've created and always use. 

  • 1 can young green jackfruit
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon bragg liquid aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2/3 veggie broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup hickory bbq sauce
  • 1½ tablespoon heinz 57 sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

drain the quartered jackfruit from the brine or water it's in (be sure to use young or green jackfruit).  rinse all the pieces thoroughly and squeeze each piece to remove as much water as possible. while draining and squeezing, shred each piece (it's very tender) before putting into a 2 quart saucepan.  after all the jackfruit pieces are in the pan, add in the water, garlic, onion and mustard powder, bragg's and ground pepper.  turn the heat on medium high and cook for approximately 12 minutes or until the water has completely evaporated.  since the water content is so low, be sure and stir often - almost saut√©eing.  if it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan but hasn't started to darken up a bit, add in a couple tablespoons of water...  but be sure to cook that off again.

after the water is gone, the jackfruit should be a little darker in colour, almost like a very light brown or dirty white.  at this point, turn the heat to low and stir in the rest of the ingredients. cover and simmer on low heat for about an hour and a half, removing the lid half way through.  the sauce should reduce an thicken up considerably.  after it's done cooking,  let it sit for about another hour to really allow the jackfruit to marinate.  finally,  toss it back on low heat for about another 15-20 minutes and then serve.  with pickles.


Gina said...

I had only heard of jackfruit recently, and it still makes me nervous! They do have it at my local grocery store though, I should give it a try I guess :)

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I'm another jackfruit newbie!Your sandwich looks especially good. I'm going to have to track some down.

Bianca said...

I've heard about this method and still haven't tried jackfruit. Seen it at Asian grocery stores. I really must give it a try. I typically use a mixture of crumbled tempeh and shredded carrot for "pulled pork" but the jackfruit looks more authentic. :-)

jessy said...

pulled pork was one of my favorite "omni meals" in my pregan days. i haven't found anything yet that has a similar texture, and i can't believe i haven't used a jackfruit. totally gonna give it a go, Miss. V.! i need to get to my local asian market soon to stock up on a few goodies, so when i go i'm gonna snag one while i'm there. oooh, i can't wait!

The Voracious Vegan said...

This looks RIDICULOUSLY GOOD! Oh man I love barbecue sandwiches, this is going to get made here for sure. Thank you so much for this recipe!

VivaciousVegan said...

Seriously....does it taste like a pork BBQ sandwich, cause if it does, I will drive and hour to go buy a jackfruit!
I never thought of using jackfruit, I have heard about it used in taco's though.....

I am from the Kansas City area!!!

Mike K said...

I need to try this pulled pork jackfruit idea - it looks so good! I'm glad you note which kind of jackfruit you use - I've meant to buy some and try this, but I was confused by which kind of jackfruit (green or ripe) is best to use in this. Thanks!

Jeni Treehugger said...

I've been meaning to try jackfruit for ages but I'm gonna have to find out what it's called in Chinese and check out my local shop. Thank goodness for Google Languages.
Your sammie looks deliscious.

Anonymous said...

Please someone who has tried this, does it really taste anything like barbecue?

Thank you,


chris said...

Does the jackfruit have a flavor of its own? I may need to try this jackfruit out if it easily takes flavor. Gonna try to make avegan kalua pork type recipe at some point.