Finger-licking vegan pulled pork is made in the slow cooker with only 6 ingredients and it’s sure to please everyone! Vegan and gluten-free.
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Does Jackfruit Really Taste Like Pulled Pork?
Honestly, I really don’t think that anyone would be able to tell the difference if I didn’t say anything. Vegan pulled pork looks just like animal-based pulled pork and it tastes absolutely delicious!
We also love jackfruit as a substitute for meat in the best vegan enchiladas!
In my opinion, jackfruit tastes like a cross between pork or chicken and pineapple. Jackfruit is a fruit, so it makes sense that it has a fruit-like taste, even though it looks just like meat. However, once it’s covered in tangy bbq sauce and piled high with coleslaw on a soft roll, It’s really hard to tell the difference. Vegans and non-vegans alike will love this recipe!
How to Make Vegan Pulled Pork
It is so easy to make vegan pulled pork in the slow cooker! Begin by putting the diced onions, jackfruit, pineapple chunks, BBQ sauce, and whiskey (optional) into the slow cooker. Stir it all together, cover it, and let it cook on high for 3 hours.
After 3 hours, remove the lid, and use two forks to shred the softened jackfruit chunks or use a potato masher to lightly break it up. Add the arrowroot powder and stir it to combine. Leave the lid off but let the BBQ vegan pulled pork continue to cook for 10-15 more minutes or until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency. Serve the vegan pulled pork on soft buns with coleslaw!
You can also make the BBQ jackfruit on the stovetop if you don’t have time to wait for the crockpot. Begin by sauteeing the diced onions in 1 tbsp of olive oil or vegetable broth (you may need to add more) over medium heat until translucent. Rinse and drain the jackfruit and add it to the pan along with the pineapple, BBQ sauce, and whiskey. Mix it well, cover it, and let it cook for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and use a wooden spatula or potato masher to lightly break up the jackfruit. Leave the lid off and reduce the heat to low, let it cook for 2-3 more minutes or until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.
Tips for Cooking With Jackfruit
- Rinse and drain the canned jackfruit very well before cooking with it.
- There is a difference between the fresh ripe jackfruit that you find in the produce section and the canned young jackfruit. You eat the ripe jackfruit as is and you have to cook the canned jackfruit.
- Don’t throw out the jackfruit seeds, they’re loaded with minerals and protein!
- Much like tofu, jackfruit picks up the flavors of what you cook it with. By itself, it can be a little bland. Make sure to pair it with flavorful sauces!
- Only buy canned jackfruit in brine not syrup, you can’t use sweet jackfruit in savory recipes.
What Else Can You Make With Jackfruit?
Jackfruit is so versatile! Like tofu, it doesn’t have much flavor by itself so it really picks up the flavors that you season it with. We love making chipotle jackfruit tacos, white bean jackfruit stew, the best vegan jackfruit enchiladas, and slow cooker jackfruit wild rice soup.
Check this recipe roundup out if you want even more delicious vegan jackfruit recipes that taste better than meat!
Recipes to Serve With Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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Slow Cooker Whiskey Pineapple Vegan Pulled Pork Recipe
- Put the diced onion, jackfruit, pineapple chunks, whiskey, and BBQ sauce into a slow cooker. Stir to coat the jackfruit with the sauce.
- Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
- Remove the slow cooker lid, shred the jackfruit with two forks (or lightly mash it with a potato masher), and stir in the arrowroot powder. Leave the lid off and let it continue to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
- Serve on soft rolls and top with coleslaw, pineapple rings, or guacamole!
- You don’t have to serve the jackfruit as sliders, you could serve the filling in tacos too.
- The whiskey is an optional ingredient, it just adds a bit of tangy flavor to the sauce. If you omit it, the recipe will still turn out delicious!
- You could substitute corn starch for arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce if you prefer.
- Stovetop instructions are written within the post.