The jackfruit is so juicy with a deep barbecued flavor and it pushes the spicy meter to the max… it was just perfect. Once it’s stuffed in a bun with some freshly sliced avocado and pickled red onions… Oh, those pickled onions! It’s over!
JACKFRUIT “PULLED PORK” SANDWICH WITH PICKLED RED ONION
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Pickled Red Onion
1 large red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
To make the “pulled pork,” preheat the oven to 350°F.
Heat the oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add paprika, cumin, and mustard and sauté until the spices are toasted, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in 1/4 cup Sriracha, the water, and the brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has the consistency of barbecue sauce, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Taste and add more Sriracha if desired.
Drain the jackfruit and rinse under cool running water to reduce the saltiness. Transfer to a large bowl and use two forks to pull the jackfruit into shreds. Add the Sriracha mixture and toss until the jackfruit is evenly coated. Transfer to a nonstick or parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the jackfruit firms up and the sauce dries slightly, adhering to the jackfruit. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To assemble the sandwiches, divide the “pulled pork” among the buns. Top with avocado slices and pickled onion. Serve immediately.
Substitute gluten-free hamburger buns, or wrap the “pulled pork” in gluten-free tortillas or large leaves of iceberg, Boston, or Bibb lettuce.
Mizz Kassim, is a, Creative Artist, Psychotherapist, Grandmaster Reiki-Teacher & Holistic Practitioner who wishes to inspire & motivate other humans to become healthy & lead abundant lives.