With Father's Day coming up, we wanted to provide you with a quick and easy dish that dad will love as well as the rest of the family - no matter their eating style. This vegan BBQ sandwich is made with jackfruit and in case you aren't familiar with it - it really does have the texture of pulled pork. If you don't want to tell anyone it's vegan, you won't have to :)!
Jackfruit has gained a lot of popularity recently due to the fact that it has a similar texture to chicken or pork and is fairly neutral in flavor. Known as the "Jack of all Fruits" it takes on almost any flavor you put with it and pairs well with sauces. Making it the perfect ingredient for our vegan BBQ sandwich!
Let us tell you a little bit about our star ingredient: Jackfruit is a relative to the fig and is found in tropical areas like Southeast Asia, Brazil, and Africa. It is low in calories, contains no cholesterol or saturated fats like animal products, however, the fruit itself does not contain much protein. It does have a great amount of Vitamin C, A, Iron, Manganese and is a good source of fiber.
We thought this is a great recipe for those days when you want a break from meat as well as an easy dinner to whip up for dad on his special day! Although we love our fathers every day, this Sunday is the perfect time to spoil him and thank him for being the best around. Happy Father's Day to all and we hope you enjoy this recipe!
2 cans of Jackfruit (in water, not brine or syrup) drained and rinsed
3/4 cup BBQ sauce of your choice (just watch the sugar content) or more if you like
BBQ seasonings (we used 2 T coconut sugar + 1 tsp paprika + 1 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp chili powder)
1 T Avocado or Olive Oil
Bag of Broccoli Slaw (find this in the produce section of your favorite grocery store)
1/4 cup Veganaise or good quality mayonnaise
3 T Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 T Honey
1/2 tsp. Celery Seed
1-2 Chopped scallions
1.) Empty the bag of slaw into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
2.) In a small bowl, mix together the veganaise, apple cider vinegar, honey, and celery seed - stir to combine.
3.) Pour dressing over the bowl of slaw, add scallions and mix together. Place in the refrigerator so that the flavors have a chance to combine. If you can do this a day ahead of time - even better!
4.) While the slaw is cooling off in the fridge, start working on the BBQ jackfruit. Drain, rinse, and thoroughly dry the canned fruit. Slice off the center/core part of the fruit and discard.
5.) In a separate bowl, toss the jackfruit with the bbq seasoning so that it is covered evenly.
6.) Heat oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, add the seasoned jackfruit and sauté about 3-4 minutes.
7.) Pour the sauce over the fruit and stir. If you are using a thick BBQ sauce you can add a tablespoon of water. For a more shredded texture, use a fork to pull the pieces apart. Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and let cook for 20-30 minutes (the longer you let cook, the deeper the flavor).
8.) To plate, open your bun and place some slices of avocado on the bottom, then a spoonful of the slaw. Top with the BBQ jackfruit mixture and option to add a little more BBQ sauce on top. Place the other half of the bun on and ENJOY!!