I love to cook, I love to eat, I love all things purple and I just happen to be vegan!
Grilling season is in full force now, leaving us vegans searching for recipes that keep us from looking like rabbits at the family barbecue LOL. I am currently out of town visiting my family and since I have been vegan for a little over 4 years now my family is pretty used to me having a different menu then what they are having. My aunt usually keeps a supply of different beans and rice so if all else fails I always have beans and rice! When I got to my aunt's house this week she told me she had bought me a can of jackfruit. I have never tried jackfruit but over the past couple years I have saved a bunch of recipes using jackfruit so what better time to give it a try then at the family barbecue!?
If you aren't familiar with jackfruit it is a tropical fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. You are likely to find it at Asian grocers fresh. It is also available canned.
If you are having a hard time finding jackfruit in your city, it is available on Amazon. (This is an affiliate link)
After trying it out I will definitely be ordering cans to have on hand for those lazy days!
Since I am not at home I did not have my supply of my usual spices, seasonings and vegan staples at my disposal so this recipe was something I totally winged but the results were pretty darn convincing even to my very omnivore uncle!
Barbecue Jackfruit with Avocado Slaw
For the Slaw:
For Barbecue Jackfruit:
1. Drain jackfruit and rinse with water. Place in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for 1 hour.
2. While jackfruit is soaking make the avocado slaw. Place avocado, onion, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, lime juice and start with 1 tablespoon of water into food processor/blender. Blend until creamy. If avocado dressing is too think to your personal liking add water a tablespoon at a time until you reach a good consistency.
3. Place shredded cole slaw into a bowl and pour avocado dressing over it and mix well. Cover and refrigerate.
4. After jackfruit has soaked for an hour, drain, rinse again and set aside.
5. To skillet add water, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, and liquid smoke. Simmer on medium heat for about 5 mins until all seasonings are well combined with the water.
6. Add jackfruit to the skillet, turn down heat and simmer until all the liquid has evaporated (approximately 12-17 minutes).
7. Once liquid has evaporated add barbecue cause and 1/3 cup of water and barbecue sauce and continue cooking on low heat for 10-15 more minutes. Turn off heat and remove.
8. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of jackfruit onto bun and top with slaw.
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