Have you cooked with jackfruit yet? If not, this recipe could be the one to convince you to give it a try! Jackfruit is inexpensive, readily available at Asian markets and is the best minimally-processed meat replacement I’ve tried. It’s so meat-like it fools carnivores.
One of my favorite restaurants in the KC area is FuD. I love what they are doing with jackfruit, but can’t eat there as often as I would like. When I have a craving for their version of pulled pork created with jackfruit, here’s what I make at home.
Pulled “Pork” Jackfruit
2-20 ounce cans jackfruit, in water (not brine), look for cans labeled “Young Green Jackfruit” (20 oz. packed in water, 10 oz. after drained)
2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (my current favorite is this. Yes, it has coffee in it! This sauce from Organicville also works well and has no refined sugar.)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 small red onion, diced
Place drained jackfruit in crockpot. Do not chop or cut the pieces up, leave it in the wedges. Add garlic and onion. Stir in BBQ sauce. Cook for 3 to 4 hours on high. Using two forks, shred. You will notice some seed-like pieces. You may choose to pick those out, chop them up or simply leave them as they are. I leave them whole.
Jackfruit has a slightly vinegar-y taste. Keep this in mind when choosing your BBQ sauce. A North Carolina style BBQ sauce may not be the best pairing with jackfruit.
I tried this recipe with fresh jackfruit. Fresh jackfruit was expensive ($2 a pound) and there was a lot of waste. I bought a 12 pound jackfruit, which is small, and more than half of it was the outer peel and waste. The fresh did not cook up as well as the canned. I ended up with a very mushy mixture, it did not shred as well as the canned. It was terrific, though, to taste fresh jackfruit. It does taste a bit like Juicy Fruit gum.
I served this on one of the yummy new hamburger buns from Udi’s Gluten Free with a side of baked sweet potato fries. I’ve been using Frontier’s Bombay Veggie seasoning on sweet potatoes lately and really like it. I hope you will, too!
gfe--gluten free easily says
Johnna, this jackfruit barbecue was sooo good! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. 🙂
I'm so tickled you liked it! You've set me on a mission to find other uses for jackfruit now. More recipes to share soon!
Heather @Gluten-Free Cat says
I'm heading to an Asian market today to see if I can find jackfruit. If not, I'm going to have to resort to Amazon!
I hope you find it! I like the Aroy-D brand, but have eaten several brands and all worked fine. I stocked up this week now that I've got a taco recipe for it, too!
I am so thrilled to find meat substitute because I have a very hard time digesting them. But I still love the flavor and texture! Thanks so much for posting these great recipes!
Thanks, Susan! I’d love to hear if you try jackfruit!
How many servings does this make?
Hi Courtney! Thanks very much for your question. The size of my serving and your serving might be drastically different. If I make sandwiches with this (as opposed to pizza or quesadillas, which I also use this for), I would estimate approximately 8 mid-sized sandwiches. I hope that’s helpful? And thank you again for your question!
What crock pot setting did you use? Low or high?
Oops never mind 😉 I cannot wait to make this tonight!
No worries. I hope you enjoyed it!
I’m back! I’m going to see if I can fool my carnivorous step dad tomorrow for 4th of July. ???? I can’t wait! I haven’t had this in a several years. I had to laugh though. The cashier at my mom’s local Asian market asked if I knew how to cook it. When I assured him that I knew ONE way to cook it and loved it he said, “Oh good, cause only Asian people, buy this.” Ha!
Oooooh, I can’t wait to hear how it goes!!
Hi! I love FuD too! It’s such an amazing vegan restaurant.
Just wondering, about how many servings does this make? My father asked me to cater a dinner party for him, and I would like to make sure I have enough for everyone (and leftovers for me). Thanks!
Hi Jessie! I would say about 6 hefty sandwiches, but you might want to make a batch ahead of time just to make sure. It’s so tricky determining servings because my idea of a serving is different than that of others. I’d love to hear how the dinner party goes! 🙂