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I’M A VEGETARIAN, EXCEPT for sausage. And maybe an annual celebratory filet mignon cooked black-and-blue. However, I do admire the appearance of a pulled-pork BBQ sandwich, and I’ve found this appearance can be pulled off adroitly with jackfruit.
The Jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus, is a tree of the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family, native to southwest India. Its fruit has the distinction of being the largest of tree-borne fruit, some jackfruit measuring 35 in. long, with a 20-in. diameter, and weighing 120 lb.
The jackfruit’s fruit and seeds are edible. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and the official fruit of two Indian states.
Jackfruit Barbacoa is a simple recipe, once you find canned jackfruit (mine comes from Trader Joe’s), select a favorite barbecue sauce (I like Kinder’s Roasted Garlic BBQ), and gather an onion, two carrots, three cloves of garlic, and allspice, cumin, oregano, and paprika.
Suggested Technique. My Trader Joe’s Green Jackfruit is in brine, so I begin by draining and rinsing it well to remove some of the salt. Let it drain again while preparing the onion, carrots, and other stuff.
Peal and slice the onion into thin strips. Caramelize these in butter over low heat, perhaps for 15 minutes. During this time, pull apart the jackfruit chunks by hand.
Peel and grate the carrots, add them to the onion, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Move these to one side, add the minced garlic, and let it brown for a bit.
Mix in the spices, drained jackfruit, and barbecue sauce. Raise the heat well beyond simmer to brown the jackfruit a little. Maybe add water or broth if the mixture looks too dry. Continue intermittent watching, stirring, and pulling (this time, with a wooden spoon) for perhaps 10 minutes.
Then lower the heat, put a lid on, and let it simmer for another 15 minutes.
Jackfruit Barbacoa Options. Pulled-jackfruit sandwiches are great; cole slaw (I get mine at KFC) makes a tasty addition. Jackfruit tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or pita sandwiches are other options.
Maybe I’ll eschew sausage after all. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2019