Well, I have absolutely no excuse for not posting for a couple of weeks. I was basically wallowing in a state of virtual unemployment. I took a lot of bubble baths, I read a book or two, and started studying for the GRE. But I have literally nothing to show for my time. Except a book recommendation, go pick up “The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly,” it’s short, sweet, and perfect for an afternoon at coffee shop. Actually, I made a lot of really delicious food in the last couple of weeks consisting of a vegan pizza, some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, a loaf of bread, banana french toast, and a really yummy veg benedict. Maybe someday in the near or very distant future these will wind up on here… eventually…maybe.. don’t count on it but I’m being optimistic. Luckily, I started working again so I’m feeling somewhat motivated! And with this motivation brings some BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Tacos!
If I’m being completely honest I have never eaten jackfruit before today so for all I know this could be the worst jackfruit ever. But, you know, even if that were true then the worst jackfruit is pretty darn good… Ok moving on.
Jackfruit is this massive prickly fruit (I imagine that this is what an alien pod would look like) and originates from South and Southeast Asia. You’ll probably be able to find this in an international foods aisle or an Asian foods market. This is probably the one time when I recommend against buying something fresh over canned because jackfruit is typically sold by the pound and there is a LOT of waste.
When jackfruit is ripe it’s cooked as a fruit in dessert dishes, but when it’s unripe (or green) it is used in savoury dishes, like coconut curries, and works great as a meat replacement. I have no idea what ripe jackfruit tastes like but the green jackfruit is pretty flavourless if not slightly bitter. This makes it perfect for soaking up just about any flavour you can imagine! It works in this dish well because when it cooks up, it pulls apart much like pork. The transformation when cooking this was super weird because it went from looking like this:
Then it magically cooks up in my crockpot and I shred it with a fork and we’re left with…
… something that looks a lot different and reminiscent of pulled pork. Thankfully, no pigs were harmed in the making of this meal!
This recipe is by no means an original creation of mine and you could probably find about a million and a half variations on the wonderful internet.. but here you are and here is my version. You can use the pulled jackfruit in just about anything like sliders, nachos, or whatever your stomach desires.
I made mine into tacos!
I used whole wheat tortillas, lettuce, and some shredded beets. We are such a beet household. C walked over to the plate of shredded beets that I had and ate a whole bunch of it plain! I think the deep earthiness of the beets complimented the smoky bbq flavour really well here.
I think my favourite thing about this (after eating it of course!) was being able to throw everything in a crockpot and just enjoy the bbq smells. I hadn’t broken out the crockpot for a while and now I’m inspired to use it so much more! Crockpots are just too easy to be true.
But eating it was by far the best part. By FAR! I am so excited to experiment more with jackfruit in the future! Maybe I’ll do fajitas or coconut curry!
BBQ Jack fruit tacos
makes 8 tacos. active time: 10min. total time: 3-6 hours.
- 2 cans green jackfruit in water or brine, drained.
- 1 bottle (400 ml) of your favourite vegan bbq sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp liquid hickory smoke
- 8 whole wheat tortillas
- shredded green lettuce
- shredded beets
- In a crock pot add jackfruit pieces, bbq sauce, hickory smoke, and water (Note: I just filled the bbq sauce bottle about halfway with water and shook it up to get the remaining sauce!). Set on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours. Walk away and do something nice for yourself.
- When the jackfruit is done, grab a couple of forks and start shredding until it reaches a consistency similar to pulled pork. It’s ok to have a few chunks left over, it all tastes good! Give it a stir.
- Prepare your taco ingredients! In a dry pan, heat up on tortilla at a time. Flip it over when it puffs up to heat up the other side. Then loosely fold it in half to help it keep a taco shape.
- Assemble your tacos! About a half of a ladle of jackfruit per taco worked well. Then lettuce and beets! Or maybe avocado or coleslaw or hot sauce. Get creative!
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!