Monday, July 2, 2012

BBQ Jackfruit

This is becoming more popular lately. It sounds like it has the potential to be amazing! I made my batch last week and it was good, but not spectacular. I would like to try it again though! I got this recipe from The Sexy Vegan. He's pretty funny.

2 15 oz cans young or green jackfruit in water or brine, drained, rinsed, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
pinch cayenne
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
a couple grinds pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil plus 2 teaspoons for the pot
1/2 yellow onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
1 teaspoon vegan worcestershire
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
couple drops liquid smoke
6 ounces beer
1 cup barbecue sauce, heated
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted

Heat a dutch oven or large pot to medium. In a medium sized mixing bowl toss together the jackfruit, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, cayenne, brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add the remaining oil to the pot and add the jackfruit, onion and garlic. Let the jackfruit brown on one side 5 to 7 minutes then toss and let the other side brown an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, worcestershire, vinegar, liquid smoke, and beer. Cover and simmer on medium for 90 minutes or until liquid is gone and the jackfruit is soft. Then break up the jackfruit with a wooden spoon.

Preheat your oven to 400 F. Spread the jackfruit out on a foiled and oiled sheet pan and bake it for 20 min. Next add 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce, toss to coat, and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. or until some of the edges of the jackfruit get a little dried out and browned. Place the jackfruit in a mixing bowl and toss it with the remaining BBQ sauce.

The Sexy Vegan says it makes 4 sandwiches....I made about 6, but I guess it depends on how much you like in your sammie and what kind of bread/bun you use.

Here is his video on how to make it. The brother is kind of annoying, but hey.. he loves his meat (sigh)

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