Saturday, 2 April 2016

Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

I've had a vegan BBQ pulled Jackfruit 'pork' bookmarked for a long while (2012) by Clean Green Simple who was given the recipe by a friend of a friend who owned a restaurant in Los Angeles, USA called Pure Luck (now sadly closed).  The Pure Luck restaurant and its famous eats are even acknowledged in the cookbook Thug Kitchen which inspired the authors BBQ Bean Burritos with Grilled Peach Salsa recipe.

Anyway, I was then reminded of my bookmarked recipes when a fellow blogger shared on Facebook a link to Buzzfeed Food of a film clip called BBQ Pulled Jackfruit That'll Fool Meat-Eaters.  
I've had Jackfruit a few times in a curry, but it never crossed my mind to share it on my blog as its one of those dishes that I take for granted and don't think of it being overly unusual or exotic, but when I saw Jackfruit being used as a substitute for meat and in a BBQ type dish, well like any greedy vegetarian person, I wanted to try it.  



I  finally got round to making vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit last year, but never got round to photographing it as it was made always late in the evening and scoffed down very  quickly.  The other delay in sharing it with my readers is Jackfuit is not easy to come by. Fortunately I found some at a Bangladeshi Greengrocers and have stocked up. 
So here it is, not stuffed in a burger bun, but on a plate with sweet potato wedges and steamed broccoli.  It was really very very good and mimicked meat well with its sinew stringy texture.  

I am not going to post a recipe here as you get the idea from my blog post and the links including one from my fellow blogger Sarojini who blogs over at The Yogi Vegetarian has a awesome seitan variation of BBQ pulled pork which I have also bookmarked to make, it has me drooling.  So expect to see that appear on my blog soon for a weekend brunch or lunch. 
Here is a link to More Vegan Blog who also made a recipe inspired by many other vegan bloggers, but I think her blog post is insightful for those of you not familiar with Jackfrruit. 

16 comments:

  1. I have never had jackfruit so this has me very intrigued...I'm glad you liked it.

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    1. Kari, I think you will like it too. Hope you get to try it some time soon.

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  2. Very interesting recipe. I have never seen jackfruit in the shops, but would be intrigued to try such a recipe, if I'll ever manage to get some!

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    1. Thanks, it is hard to come by in the supermarkets, unless you go to a specialist South Asian or Oriental supermarket. I hope you find some.

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  3. I've also had recipes for pulled jackfruit bookmarked forever, and have yet to make it, as I've never been able to find it anywhere (and I've been on the lookout for ages!) Looks great too! Have you ever used it in tacos or Mexican food?

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    1. Hi Joey, whose recipe do you have bookmarked as all vary. I am hoping to have Jackfruit in tortilla wraps, my husband is not keen on tacos in the UK as they just crumble to crisp whilst prepping. Have you tried South Asian green grocers that is where I found mine.

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  4. Hi Shaheen, I love Jackfruit, it's definitely a treat to get the sweet ripe fruit here, but canned green is always available in the asian shops and on amazon. It's so versatile picks up flavors great, it's been used in everything from poriyal to tortillas! :)

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    1. Thanks Emily. I'm hoping to make it for tortilla soon as suggested by Joey.

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  5. I love BBQ jackfruit! I think it's even better left overnight to let the flavours get cozy together. I've been meaning to blog about it for ages (along with a hundred other things!)

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    1. So lovely to hear from you. I miss your blogging, but understand that your world has changed for the better x

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  6. I really want to try this but I think I am worried I wont like it - esp as I had jackfruit on sweet pancakes for the first time recently and did not warm to it - and I never have had or missed pulled pork - but it does look fantastic and disturbingly meaty. Great to see it worked so well for you.

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  7. Oh Jhanna, perhaps I should have mentioned that I too have never in my life eaten pork in any form, so don't know how close it is - but D has once upon a time, even pulled pork and he was impressed. I have been told the sweet jackfruit that you may have had on pancakes is very different from the young green jackfruit. So I hope you won't dismiss it and try it if you ever find it. I've just picked up 4 cans for other recipes.

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  8. oh yes, I loved a similar recipe so I imagine yours was delish. Jackfruit is basically the architecture of the dish but it needs a strong sauce for it to taste good. I made a jackfruit souvlaki that was very good, too, if you have any more leftover. :)

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    1. Thanks Janet, I will have to check out your souvlaki, if I haven't done so in the past.

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  9. I'm definitely trying this!

    ~Have a lovely day!

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