Triple-Barbecue Pulled Jackfruit & Protein Sandwiches

 

 

Makes 6 sandwiches

 

Jackfruit is often used as an alternative to pulled pork, and any product that takes the place of meat is a good thing in my book. But in and of itself, jackfruit isn’t a good protein source. Even an average serving of broccoli has about 4 grams of protein, whereas a serving of jackfruit has about 2 grams.

For extra protein and heartiness, this recipe pairs jackfruit with plant protein cut into short narrow pieces or shreds to more or less match the jackfruit’s texture. The triple barbecue flavoring comes from the seasonings added to packaged jackfruit, your favorite barbecue sauce, and barbecue seasoning.

 

INGREDIENTS

6 to 8 ounces plant protein (plant based chick’n, seitan, or baked tofu)

1 (10-ounce) package barbecue-flavored jackfruit

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

2 teaspoons barbecue seasoning

6 whole-grain rolls or hamburger buns

Coleslaw

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the protein into short, narrow shreds or run it through the grating blade of a food processor. If you’re using a firm variety of baked tofu, grate it with a box grater. You may also want to break up pieces of the jackfruit that are in large clumps; lightly mash it with a fork, and it will flake nicely.
  2. Combine the shredded plant protein, jackfruit, barbecue sauce, and barbecue seasoning in a medium skillet. Cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the sauce envelopes the mixture nicely and is sizzling hot.
  3. Distribute the jackfruit mixture over the bottom halves of the rolls, then distribute the coleslaw evenly over it. Cover with the tops of the rolls and serve at once.