I love trying new things. Isn’t it crazy that you can use a fruit to make vegan pulled pork?! Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and it’s commonly found in South and South East Asia. It’s actually the national fruit of Bangladesh and it can reach up to 80 lb in weight. I only had pulled pork once at Thanksgiving in Canada and I can’t really remember exactly how it tastes like, but Flo said these jackfruit pulled pork sandwiches with avocado and vegan ranch sauce we had the other day were really close to the original.
I don’t know who first had the idea to use jackfruit to make vegan pulled pork, but to whoever did: “Thanks so much!”. This was such an awesome idea! It’s not only super delicious but also really easy to make: First you remove the core and put the jackfruit pieces in a mixing bowl. Then you need to stir in the spices (paprika powder, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes) until the jackfruit pieces are nicely covered. I also used liquid smoke, which I think is great for hearty dishes like this one. You might find it in large supermarkets or you can just order it online.
Besides, I added a pretty good amount of BBQ sauce (make sure the brand you use is vegan). While the jackfruit is cooking (this will take about 20 minutes), you’ve got enough time to prepare the vegan ranch sauce, the lettuce, the tomatoes, and the avocado. All in all, the pulled jackfruit sandwiches won’t take much longer than 30 minutes.
Make sure to use young jackfruit in brine or water, not in syrup. It’s available in Asian supermarkets or on Amazon.
I hope you like these jackfruit pulled pork sandwiches. If you give them a try, I’d be happy to know how they turned out. :-)