Delicious Vegan Jackfruit BBQ Recipe
So I don’t have an exact recipe per se, I just kind of make it to my tastes at the time. Happy to provide the general idea though.
I start with 2 or 3 14 ounce cans of jackfruit in water. I buy this brand on Amazon. I drain them, then chop them, generally cutting from the core (the tougher part) perpendicular outwards towards the softer fruit. This helps them have a more stringy texture. Once chopped and drained, they go into a sauté pan medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or so, stirring to prevent sticking. Add a cup or so of vegetable broth, and simmer until it is reduced.
Then I transfer the fruit into a mixing bowl, and mash them up. I use a fork, but I’m sure a potato masher would work as well, if not better. Try to get them pretty stringy, like pulled pork or chicken consistency. I then add BBQ sauce and/or seasoning to taste, and put them back in the pan for another 10 to 15 minutes. The sauce you choose has the biggest impact on flavor. I really like Sweet Baby Ray’s regular sauce, but I’m thinking about trying a white sauce next time.
After that, I add some more BBQ sauce, until it is a bit “wetter” than I want the final product to be. I put the fruit on a baking sheet, and put it in the oven, preheated to 400F. I leave it in there about 8 to 10 minutes, then pull it out, and mix it around, and spread it back even. Another 10 minutes in the oven and it should be developing a nicely glazed look. I then pull the pan out, mix in a bit more BBQ sauce to get the consistency I want, add a few dashes of hot sauce, because I like spicy food, and I plate it up.
I like it on whole grain buns with a bit of mustard, pickles, and a dash of hot sauce. A little yogurt can make for a nice cool substitute for mayo if you like. This stuff lasts forever. I’m still eating leftovers from the 4th.
You can also try adding brown sugar and BBQ spices before you saute, but I’ve found it doesn’t make a huge impact if you are using a tasty bbq sauce.