Vegetarian Pulled Pork

Oh. My. This was so good! Although, surprisingly, husband wasn’t a big fan of it. This was better, I think, before I added the sauce. It was easy to make, but it does take some time. The longer you cook it, the better it is, supposedly. Next time I would use a different sauce. Husband said the sauce was too sweet. I ate this the next day on a bun for lunch, and it was perfect. For dinner, I served this was macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and hush puppies.

rating: 9

Vegetarian Pulled Pork
time needed: 45 min.

2 cans young green jackfruit packed in water
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper


Begin by draining the jackfruit and rinsing well under cold water. Using your fingers, massage the jackfruit and break the pieces apart; set aside.
In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil, add the onion and jackfruit; sauté until the onion is slightly caramelized.
Add the remaining ingredients and continue to sauté over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir often because brown sugar will burn easily.
Once cooked, use a fork to press the remaining larger pieces of jackfruit so that the pieces fall apart and resembled the fibers of cooked pork.
At this point, you have two options – first, you can purchase jarred pulled pork sauce at your local grocery store, or second, you can make your own sauce by following these next steps. If you decide to use store-bought sauce, be sure to read the label, not all sauce is vegetarian.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ cup brown sugar, 2 cups ketchup, 1 cup water, ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup vegetarian Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. You can add liquid smoke too if you desire.
Poor the sauce over the jackfruit, lower the heat to medium-low, and cook for 15 minutes.

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