Remember that BBQ sauce I told you needs to be a staple in your kitchen? Well, if you haven’t tried it, it’s time because you need to give these BBQ jackfruit sliders a try.
What is jackfruit?
Jackfruit has become quite a popular ingredient in the past year or two. It’s grown in tropical Asian countries. I remember seeing it all around Thailand but never been brave enough to try it. It wasn’t known in the vegan world 7 years ago.
I’m so glad someone decided to experiment with this fruit because it’s such a versatile fruit. I love cooking with it. I get mine from Trader Joe’s for $2 a can and I literally buy 6-8 cans at a time so I always have some on hand. I’ve also seen it at Asian grocery stores before.
In South Africa, it may be harder to find but you can but it online here. Maybe one day soon it will be readily available everywhere but if you can’t find it, try this recipe with soy mince.
How to prepare jackfruit?
While canned jackfruit can be prepared as easily as opening the can, draining, rinsing and cooking in a sauce, I prefer to do it a bit differently.
While I follow the above steps of rinsing, I first season my jackfruit then I add my sauce over the jackfruit after removing the seedy-looking bits and I let it marinate for a few hours overnight.
This time allows the sauce to really flavor the jackfruit but if you don’t have the time, this step can be skipped.
What is a tostón?
A tostón (pronounced tos-tone) is a flattened plantain double fried. Or according to Sam, it’s Puerto Rican goodness. I can’t disagree with this. Green plantains get chopped up and fried, flattened and then fried again. Season and eat.
They are delicious on their own and make a really great bun for these sliders.
Sam came up with the idea of using tostones as burger buns and I couldn’t love my husband more for his creative food suggestions.
The BBQ jackfruit slider on tostones is born
The crunch from the tostón works so well with the bbq jackfruit and I made a simple slaw to add some freshness and avocado, because why not?
These BBQ jackfruit sliders are:
- Tasty as hell
- Get ya hands dirty kinda food
If you can’t find plantains you can use a regular bun for the BBQ jackfruit and you will have yourself a delicious sloppy Joe.
BBQ Jackfruit Sliders
A delicious twist on the usual slider. These sliders are served on tostones. They are bold in flavor and a weekend treat meal.
- 1/2 bbq sauce recipe (see link in notes)
- 1 can jackfruit (in brine)
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- 2 large plantains
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (for frying or oil of choice)
- 1/4 tsp Adobo seasoning (or salt)
- 1/4 cabbage
- 1/2 lime
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp chili flakes
- 1/2 avocado (optional)
Prep your BBQ sauce if you don't have some made already.
While the sauce is cooking, drain the jackfruit, rinse it and dry it on paper towel or a clean cloth.
Remove all the seeds of the jackfruit.
Add cumin and coriander to the jackfruit then add the BBQ sauce if leaving to marinade for 30minutes or more. IF you don't have time to marinade then add the coriander and cumin and fry the bbq jackfruit first, then add the BBQ sauce and cook. Adding the sauce once the jackfruit browns a bit.
Cook for 10 minutes and add 2 tsp coconut sugar or sweetener of choice. This will help to caramalize the jackfruit.
Let this cook on low heat so the sugar can work thier magic.
Peel the plantains and cut into 3 pieces per plantain.
Heat the oil on medium and fry the plantains on all sides.
Once slighly golden remove from the oil and place on your cutting board, using a can squash the plantain down.
Return the flattened plantain to the oil and cook on either side. This will take 30 seconds – 1 minute per side.
Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Sprinkle with salt or Adobo seasoning.
Shred your cabbage.
Squeeze over 1/2 lime or lemons juice and add a dash of olive oil if you like.
Sprinkle with some salt, pepper and chili flakes. Mix well and set aside.
Once all the components are complete assemble.
1. tostone add the bbq jackfruit top with slaw and avocado and a tostone lid
The calories are based on 1 and 1/2 sliders or 3 open tostones sliders. (no lids).
Cook more plantains if you want more sliders to nibble on.
If tostones look like too much effort I get it, why not add some BBQ jackfruit to this yumminess instead ;).
Let me know if you give these a try by rating them below and sharing on instagram. Tag me @the_hungry_herbivore
Until next time, happy cooking 🙂