Pulled pork and chicken had a real moment a few years ago when this southern-comfort dish made it’s way north. So many restaurants were quick to pick up on the trend and add it to their menus. I definitely hopped on this bandwagon and made several slow-cooker versions of pulled chicken in my day. Now, I love a good pulled chicken sammy, but what about for the vegans or vegetarians out there? In an effort to eat less meat, unless sustainably raised and sourced, I heard about a meat-free version using jackfruit. Inspired by my favourite vegan blogger, Minimalist Baker, I whipped up a version with what I had on hand. What resulted is a super tasty Gluten-Free BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with a tasty slaw to accompany it.
The recipe takes far less time than the carnivorous version, but still packs a ton of flavour and really does emulate a “pulled” meat texture. It is best as a sandwich and would make a great game day snack or dinner party appetizer. Guests will be pretty impressed this is vegan! The great part is, it takes 30 minutes to prepare.
- 1 can Cha’s Organics jackfruit, in brine or water (not syrup) with core cut off
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 ground pepper
- 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Rufus Teague)
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 gluten-fre buns
for the slaw
- 1/2 head red cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1 beet, shredded
- 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 TBSP tahini
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- salt & pepper, to taste
- In a bowl, toss together jackfruit and spices. Add to a pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. When each piece begins to soften, you can start pull apart.
- Add BBQ sauce and half the water. Continue to pull the jackfruit apart as it cooks to allow sauce to absorb in. Add remaining water if needed, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, beet, red onion, and dill. Stir together olive oil, tahini, lemon, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Add to slaw mixture. Combine fully.
- Check on pulled jackfruit. Separate each piece as much as you can to allow it to soften with the sauce absorbs.
- Cut your buns in half (toast if desired), add a scoop of jackfruit and a scoop of slaw.
- And there you have it, a gluten-free pulled jackfruit sandwich even meat lovers will approve of!