I make this a lot during the summer months. The jackfruit gives this dish the unmistakable texture and flavor of the meat but without actual meat. the jackfruit has a slightly meaty texture and a somewhat sweet flavor. It is a great substitute for meat in any vegan or vegetarian dish. It pairs really well in this recipe with all the flavors of a good BBQ. It requires a little prep but nothing too hard and well worth it in the end.
2 cans of jackfruit, drained and rinsed
1 cup of your favorite bbq sauce ( I use organicville original bbq sauce)
1/4 cup Mustard ( I use dijon )
2 tsp hot sauce ( use less if you want it less spicy and more if you want more spice)
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup maple syrup (use less maple syrup if you want it less sweet)
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried thyme
- In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat add in about 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the jackfruit and allow to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. This softens the jackfruit and brings out more flavor. Drain and rinse very well to remove any leftover brine. Using two forks shred the jackfruit into shreds.
- Place back into the pan over medium heat and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes or until some pieces are deep brown around the edges.
- In a bowl combine all of the ingredients and pour into the pan and toss to coat. Cook the mixture for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thick and the jackfruit is evenly coated and cooked through.
- Remove from the pan and into a serving dish.
I serve this over rolls with vegan slaw and baked beans. Perfect for the summertime. Over the years, No one has ever known they were not eating meat and they request it several times during the summer.