BBQ Pulled Pork Jackfruit Burgers Recipe

It’s nearly the end of February but the warm wind of summer isn’t that far away. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m dreaming of picnics, beach days and bbqs!

Recently, me and a friend of mine (@katie_vegan on Instagram) checked out the local Asian grocery store in our town and found tins of young jackfruit. We knew that other vegans managed to pull off beautifully textured pulled pork with the fruit, so we picked up two tins of it to try it out for ourselves! We were having a dinner party later that day so we decided to try something new – bbq pulled pork burgers!

vegan pulled pork

It turns out they’re actually incredibly easy to make! Like, it’s fool proof!

Ingredients: 

  • A large tin of jackfruit (we picked up two but only needed one for four burgers!)
  • 2 tbspn soy sauce
  • 2 tbspn brown sugar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic purée (powder is fine too)
  • Half tsp black pepper
  • Half tsp chillies
  • Half tsp salt
  • Half bottle bbq sauce of choice

Method:

All you have to do is drain and wash the fruit and dry it as much as you can before popping in a bowl.

Combine all of the other ingredients except the bbq sauce.

vegan pulled pork

Mix into the jackfruit and ensure all the fruits are coated.

Heat a little oil on a pan over a medium heat.

Pour in the jackfruit mixture and let it cook for approx. 10 minutes.

Pour bbq sauce generously over the fruit and turn up the heat.

As it cooks, mash the fruit with a fork so that it starts to separate into pulled pork-like tendrils.

Cook for another half an hour (or longer, depending on how soft you want your “pork”) then use an ice scream scooper to spoon the mixture onto burger buns.

vegan pulled pork

I paired the pork with lightly fried onions and rocket/iceberg lettuce on wholemeal buns for my dinner and my guests loved it! Guacamole and some melted cheese would also work brilliantly with this recipe.

Enjoy! 

Note: I haven’t tried it myself, but I imagine this would also work beautifully if left in a slow cooker so that the “pork” is REALLY tender. Have fun experimenting!

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Use Sauerkraut As Pulled Pork Substitute – Vegan Tip #4

If you’ve already gathered for a barbecue with your friends and family this summer, you may have noticed a particular gaping absence – pulled pork. Before I was vegan, I for one would’ve eaten pulled pork for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could have as it was one of my all time favourite foods.

If you’re looking to recreate that taste and texture and the mess of eating it in a big sloppy joe burger – look no further! Sauerkraut is your best friend as it almost exactly mimics the texture of pulled pork. You may not have tried it before, or you might have just dabbled with it on salads, but get familiar with this pot of goodness because it’s not only versatile, but also very good for you.

Sauerkraut is very good at sticking together so it’s easy to mould into burger shapes. If you have some trouble, however, just pour a little agave nectar into a bowl of sauerkraut with vegan barbecue sauce and mix before moulding. You’ll end up with sweet, succulent bbq bites that are perfect sandwiched between two fresh baps!