For this recipe make sure you use YOUNG GREEN JACKFRUIT as shown in this photo. After draining the liquid from the can -- this is what the stuff looks like.
This recipe is super quick and easy. Really all you do is saute an onion, add grated carrots, shredded Jackfruit and then mix in BBQ sauce, and let it saute for a bit for the flavor to permeate the Jackfruit. That's it.
However, many store bought BBQ sauces are not vegan -- they often contain honey or Worcestershire sauce (which contains anchovies)-- and if they use plain old sugar for sweetening -- that sugar might be genetically modified or filtered through bone char. That's why I prefer to make my own BBQ sauce. The recipe I provide here, I have adapted to be less expensive than what I usually make for my family. When I make it for them, I sweeten with a combination of maple syrup and stevia -- but here I have substituted raw (turbinado) sugar (which I found at Checkers for 3.00 for a two pound box -- and it is labeled, "vegan", "gluten-free" "kosher parve --OU" and "non-gmo"). This keeps the costs down, while making it inclusive for lots of people.
BTW -- You can make this recipe completely oil- free, by sauteing the onions in water instead of oil -- but it's a bit more time consuming and tricky to get them to brown in water -- you have to watch them very closely and keep drizzling in just a tiny bit of water continuously to keep them from sticking. Since I created this recipe specifically to make for ECM's Veggie Lunch -- and will be making it for about 100 people -- using oil will make it much easier to prepare.
BBQ Jackfruit Recipe
1 onion diced
1 TBS olive oil
1/2 cup grated carrots
20 oz can of green jackfruit, drained
For the BBQ Sauce:
2/3 cup tomato paste
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
8 tsp turbinado sugar
2 tsp ground yellow mustard seed
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tsp molasses
- Saute the onions on high in the olive oil until they begin to brown, stirring frequently.
- While onions are cooking place all of the sauce ingredients into a blender and process until well blended.
- When the onions begin to brown add the carrots and continue sauteing and stirring 3 more minutes.
- Lightly smash the jackfruit and stir it into the onions, reduce heat to medium and continue stirring until everything is well mixed.
- Add the BBQ sauce, mix well, cover and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes -- stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking. The longer you cook it, the better it tastes!
Serve over rice, or spoon onto bread and eat as a sandwich.