For some people, making the switch to plant based eating is fairly simple. When I decided to fully go for it, I didn’t have much trouble leaving animal products behind. I’ve been vegetarian a couple of times before, and even when I wasn’t, I mainly stayed away from red meat. Cheese was the very last thing I left behind, and thanks to some fabulous vegan cheese options, I have had literally zero regrets or cravings I can’t easily satisfy.
I’m grateful that it’s been a smooth transition for me, but I also realize that for some, it’s not quite as easy. My husband falls into this category. He, like me, sees the amazing benefits of a vegan lifestyle, and has made huge strides in changing the way he eats, but he struggles with missing some of his longtime faves. And that brings me to today’s recipe: the Instant Pot ‘Happy Pig’ BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich.
Jackfruit is quickly becoming a favorite food to have on hand around our home. Because of the almost “meaty” texture of the fruit, it’s a perfect way to satisfy cravings for things like pulled pork without actually needing to involve a cute piggy, which obviously makes it a must-have – especially for someone just venturing into the plant based world.
This flavorful and delicious dish is simple to make (bonus: it involves one of our favorite kitchen appliances – the Instant Pot) and it’s truly one of those that will make non-vegan friends (mainly the ones who think you only eat lettuce) raise an eyebrow.
So let’s get into how to make it.
Jackfruit is the star, and you can get it a couple of different ways. Lots of grocery stores sell the fruit whole, or in pieces (think: sort of spiky, huge watermelon if you’re looking for it fresh), or in cans. We went with the canned version because it’s easy/quick, and we love Trader Joe’s.
Drain the cans of jackfruit, and place the chunks into your Instant Pot. Break up the jackfruit with a fork. It’s going to look ‘meaty’ but this isn’t April Fools. All plants here.
Add all other ingredients to the Instant Pot and mix well. I know, weird. Still fruit.
Press ‘manual’ on your Instant Pot and time it for 20 minutes. You can let it manually release for 10 or so after it’s done cooking, or if you’re in a hurry, you can go ahead and speed up the process once you here the timer go off.
Eat in tacos, on a bun with toppings (as pictured below with homemade slaw, spicy pickles, and kale), or solo. The real goal is to finish the meal with BBQ sauce on your chin. Enjoy!
Instant Pot ‘Happy Pig’ BBQ Jackfruit Ingredients:
Four (4) 20 oz cans of jackfruit in brine (or the equivalent of fresh)
2 C of your favorite BBQ sauce (we mixed this one and this one)
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/2 lime, squeezed
1 T liquid smoke
2 t smoked paprika
2 t garlic powder
1 t mustard
1 t ketchup
Salt as needed (you should have enough from BBQ sauce, but add if your tastebuds want it)