BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

Who doesn’t love a messy BBQ sandwich? I love sandwiches, I admit it. If I was stranded on a desert island and I only had sandwiches to eat, I would really be OK! But, my quest was to understand how I could have these delicious treats in a manageable size that was also healthy. BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches are yummy! They resemble pulled pork and even my kids could not tell the difference. Score! Try them for yourself and see.

You will need:

2 15 oz cans young or green jackfruit in water or brine, drained, rinsed, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
pinch cayenne
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
a couple grinds pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil plus 2 teaspoons for the pot
1/2 yellow onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
1 teaspoon vegan worcestershire
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
couple drops liquid smoke
6 ounces beer (Or skip but it does taste nice in here)
1 cup barbecue sauce, heated
8 slider buns

Heat a dutch oven or large pot to medium. In a medium sized mixing bowl toss together the jackfruit, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, cayenne, brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add the remaining oil to the pot and add the jackfruit, onion and garlic. Let the jackfruit brown on one side 5 to 7 minutes then toss and let the other side brown an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, worcestershire, vinegar, liquid smoke, and beer. Cover and simmer on medium for 90 minutes or until liquid is gone and the jackfruit is soft. Then break up the jackfruit with a wooden spoon.

Preheat your oven to 400 F. Spread the jackfruit out on a foiled and oiled sheet pan and bake it for 20 min. Next add 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce, toss to coat, and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. or until some of the edges of the jackfruit get a little dried out and browned. Place the jackfruit in a mixing bowl and toss it with the remaining BBQ sauce. Now make sandwiches.  I like to top mine with dill pickle and coleslaw cabbage.

Makes 8 sliders

*The Sexy Vegan

*Photo from Love Life

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