vegan pulled ‘pork’ sandwich – for realz



pulled jackfruit sandwich
We don’t think we’re alone in saying that pulled pork sandwiches are a quintessential part of summer. With the warm weather months quickly slipping away (WAH!!!) we found ourselves yearning for one last sweet and spicy Carolina sammy. Vegans, Vegetarians and heck, everyone else, rejoice ‘cause we’re about to introduce this summer delicacy back into your diet – you can thank us later!

vegan pork. impossible? we think not.

Before I get too ahead of myself, let me introduce you to my new favourite thing (aside from coconut oil, that is) – jackfruit. This mother of a fruit (seriously, it’s the largest tree-borne fruit known to mankind) should get an academy award for its star performance as pork in this sandwich. Not only does it, when properly prepared, take on the appearance of meat but its heartiness and mild flavour also really helps it own the part. The fruit is rich in dietary fibers and potassium and is packed with vitamins and nutrients making it an awesome, natural, vegan alternative to meat.

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pulled jackfruit sandwich

You can find the recipe I used on the blog, Clean Green Simple.
She offers a ton of insight into the recipe and some awesome photographs so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. I highly recommend checking it out!

the good, the bad, the ugly (mostly good though)

• yum, yum, yum. Did I already mention I'm a fan?  – I’ll be making this again and again and again
• once you have all the ingredients it’s very quick and easy to make #winning
• jackfruit can be a bit tricky to find – your best bet for scoring the stuff  is at an Asian grocery store
• this recipe calls for 100% jackfruit in brine (can) – which is what I used. Rumor around the office is that fresh jackfruit can be quite stinky so experiment at your own risk!

Whip it up, you won’t regret it and let us know if you love it too!

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7 Comments »


Fresh jackfruit is stinky? I’ve never heard of that. I know that durian is stinky and it looks kinda similar to jackfruit… I’ll have to verify this next time I’m in Thailand (the only place I know that has fresh jackfruit).

Comment by Tara — August 22, 2012 @ 1:43 pm


Canned Jackfruit is pre boiled (cooked). If you buy it fresh you need to buy UNRIPE jackfruit. (The ripe one tastes like pineapple/ mango/ strawberries very tropical,its a rich butter yellow color and BTW is is not stinky… you are confusing Jackfruit with Durian).
Green Jackfruit needs to be peeled and sliced which is cumbersome. The fruit has a very sticky sap…your cutting area areas, hands and knife need to be oiled and can also can discolour from processing it. Pressure cook green jackfruit.. then it gets super tender. Its lovely when you use the fresh one: juicy, tender, kinda oily and everything desirable for this recipe. Hope this help.
Excellent idea, thank you.

Comment by Jaladi — August 22, 2012 @ 3:45 pm


Thanks for the tip @Jaladi! I’ve never dealt with fresh jackfruit but when i mentioned the recipe to my surrounding deskmates a lot of noses got scrunched! Figured it was better to add a disclaimer than lead people astray! Thanks for the clarification though… now I won’t fear fresh jackfruit like i did before!

Comment by Allessia — August 22, 2012 @ 3:50 pm


Where can you get canned jack fruit? I’ve seen fresh jack fruit in our asian store, but never seen it canned.

Comment by Dan — August 22, 2012 @ 4:09 pm


Jackfruit doesn’t stink but the fresh one does have a strong smell. Its yummy and sweet! You can get it everywhere in Asia esp Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia! Sounds like a delicious recipe. Will definitely try it ;)

Comment by Nurul — August 22, 2012 @ 10:21 pm


genius! perhaps i can (lovingly) trick the bf with this option. ;) go vegan!

Comment by Lo @ Namastilo.com — August 31, 2012 @ 5:01 pm


yum to fresh jackfruit!
It tastes so good that the Lugandan word for it “Fenne”, is the word we used to get kids to smile for the camera in Uganda!
I’ve seen Jackfruit trees in Both East and West Africa… to me it tastes like a mixture of strawberries and bananas and pineapples… oh my gosh… I’ve got the hugest craving now. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

Comment by L.Bo — September 6, 2012 @ 9:45 am


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