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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Barbecue Pulled "Pork"

While wandering around my local Asian market the other day, I came across a can of jackfruit. I have heard many people rave and rant over how great jackfruit is, but I had never tried it.
Although skeptical, I decided to buy some. I heard that when cooked it resembled pulled pork, so I decided to put the statement to the test and make some for myself.

I created my own barbecue sauce and simmered the fruit until- much to my surprise- it did start to look like pork!

The results are not going to be like a traditional mock meat, but they are great nonetheless. My variation is sweet and tender, not to mention delicious.

I had no expectations going into this venture, but I have to say that jackfruit will be a staple in my pantry from now on.

Note: Nutrition facts do not include bread

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 can (16-20 oz.) jackfruit

  • Spray sauce pan with non-stick cooking spray and set to medium heat
  • Saute onions along with 1 tbs. water until slightly caramelized
  • Combine tomato paste, vinegar, remaining water, and spices
  • Mix well and add to sauce pan
  • Shred jackfruit as much as possible with a fork and then add it to the pan
  • Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes
  • Stir and continue to shred jackfruit every 15 minutes
  • Eventually the pieces will pull apart easily, leaving you with barbecue "shreds"
  • Serve as you please*

*You can enjoy this pork in a variety of ways. I ate mine as a sandwich, but don't be afraid to try something different!
Some ideas are: filling for an Asian lettuce wrap, pizza topping, meat replacement for vegan Brunswick stew...
What else can you think of?


  1. I've never had jackfruit before, but this post has me interested in an experimentation session. I'll have to keep my eye out for some. By the way, I love the Nutrition Facts you have after each recipe post. How do you generate these? Is it an online application of some sort?

    1. It's a very versatile fruit; the only place I've been able to find it is at asian grocery stores.
      Thanks, I'm glad you like it! There are a few different sites where you can make your own nutrition labels- I use one from