Pull out your slow cooker, you’re going to need it to make this tangy, delicious whiskey pineapple vegan pulled pork recipe! Everyone will be shocked when you tell them it’s not really pulled pork, it’s actually pulled jackfruit! Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
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Pulled jackfruit is so similar to pulled pork, it’s a little scary! Have you tried it yet?
Honestly, I don’t even know if anyone would be able to tell the difference if I didn’t say anything. It’s the same size, same color, and same texture as pulled pork! I think that the only giveaway might be the flavor of the jackfruit; I like to describe it as tasting like a cross between pork and pineapple.
We also love jackfruit as a substitute for beef in classic mushroom stroganoff!
After all, jackfruit is a fruit. It makes sense that it has a fruit-like taste, even though it looks just like meat. Once it’s covered in tangy bbq sauce and piled high with coleslaw on a soft Hawaiian roll, It’s really hard to tell the difference.
This Vegan Pulled Pork Recipe is Perfect For a BBQ
I made this vegan pulled pork recipe last weekend to celebrate the 4th of July holiday weekend. Travis and I both love to have holiday-themed meals so some type of BBQ was definitely happening.
Classic BBQ food usually consists of ribs, pulled pork, and burgers. I definitely wasn’t making any of that so I pulled a few cans of my go-to meat substitute out of the pantry –> Jackfruit!
Since we watched the “What the Health?” documentary on Netflix last week, Travis has been even more open to eating less meat. He even told me to stop buying the organic turkey meat that he uses for sandwiches every day for his lunch! Finally!! Woohooo, that’s a huge victory for us!
Tips for Cooking With Jackfruit
- Rinse and drain canned jackfruit well before cooking with it.
- Be aware that if you buy a fresh jackfruit that it’s very time consuming to prepare it.
- 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 water, not syrup! The syrup will not rinse off.
Slow Cooker vs. Saute: Which is Better?
I decided that it was time to attempt making BBQ jackfruit sandwiches again. I cooked the jackfruit in a skillet last year for the first time, and it was good– but not amazing. I might have used the jackfruit in syrup, I’m not sure. Now I know better!
This crockpot vegan pulled pork recipe is fantastic! Honestly, it’s leaps and bounds better than the first time I made it. The pulled jackfruit is tender, juicy, flavorful and perfect on a sandwich. I like to shred most of it but leave a few bigger chunks in the mix to give a meat-like appearance.
I think cooking the jackfruit in the slow cooker gives the “meat” a better texture and really tenderizes the edible seeds. The first time I made it in the skillet, I was not a fan of the seeds and picked most of them out. This time, I really didn’t even notice them, they blended right in with the rest of the “pulled pork.”
Plus, it’s summer and it’s hot; who wants to turn on the stove and heat up the house if you don’t have too!
What’s in This Vegan Pulled Pork Recipe?
I had planned on making the BBQ sauce from scratch but who has time for that? Not me!
Throw a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce, pineapple chunks, a shot of whiskey for extra flavor, a diced onion, and drained jackfruit into a slow cooker and you’re well on your way to vegan BBQ heaven!
I served this jackfruit vegan pulled pork recipe on soft Hawaiin rolls with a ring of pineapple and our favorite Asian ginger coleslaw (dairy-free) on top. Yum! Slice up a watermelon or whip up some healthy macaroni and cheese for a side dish and you’re ready for a holiday feast!
Will Meat-Eaters Be Able to Tell?
Honestly, I don’t think so. Just by looking at the picture, would you be able to tell that it wasn’t a real pork slider? The shredded jackfruit is so realistic in appearance and flavor that I’m confident it would please carnivore’s, omnivore’s, and vegans alike! Travis gobbled them right up and went back for seconds AND thirds!
I encourage you to try it and see what you think! If you have any tried and true jackfruit recipes, I’d love to hear about them!
Put the diced onion, jackfruit, pineapple chunks, whiskey, and BBQ sauce into a slow cooker. Stir to coat the jackfruit with the sauce.
Cook on high for 3 hours.
Remove the slow cooker lid, shred the jackfruit with two forks, 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 rolls or buns. Top with coleslaw and enjoy!
- You don’t have to serve the jackfruit as sliders, you could serve bigger portions on hamburger buns too.
- I haven’t tried it but I think that 6-7 hours on low might turn the jackfruit to mush. In my experience, the 3+ hours on high is just enough heat and intensity to cook the jackfruit and its seeds to the best meat-like consistency.
- You definitely don’t have to make the recipe with whiskey, it just adds a bit of tangy flavor to the sauce. If you omit it, the recipe will still turn out delicious!
- The pineapple rings on the sliders are optional.
- You could substitute corn starch or white flour for arrowroot powder.
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