I came across the idea of BBQ pulled pork in sweet potatoes on my Flipboard (think Pinterest, but flippy-er). Out of curiosity, I did a google search for it and found many not-vegan recipes. This bummed me out because it’s sooo easy to recreate this dish compassionate-style. All you need are plants, specifically jackfruit and sweet potatoes, and a little BBQ sauce.
And not only is this meal cruelty-free and tasty, it is one of those “set it and forget it” type meals. The only prep is the jackfruit and that just involves cutting and sauteing for a bit. The oven takes care of the rest.
BBQ Jackfruit Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 4 large sweet potatoes, washed and wrapped in foil
- two 20 oz cans of jackfruit in brine (not the sweet kind)
- BBQ sauce
- vegan butter
Bake the potatotes in a 425 degree oven for about an hour. While that is going, drain the jackfruit. Cut out the hard center (the non-stringy part). Sautee the jackfruit on medium heat for about 5 minutes to cook out some of the liquid and get rid of the raw jackfruit and brine taste . Then add BBQ sauce so the jackfruit is thoroughly coated and sautee for another 5 minutes or so. Transfer the jackfruit to a baking pan and smush it so there is an even layer of BBQ jackfruit covering the pan. Stick it in the oven with the potatoes but only for 30 minutes, until some parts come out crispy (see this post for more info).
When the potatoes are done, it’s time to assemble! I check that the potatoes are done by gently pressing on the foil. If it smushes in easily, I know it’s done. I like to melt vegan butter on the inside of my potatoes and fluff them up a bit before adding the jackfruit.
The sweetness of the tender potato mixed with a little savory butter goes so well with the crispy sweet and spicy BBQ jackfruit. Yay! I can eat this and watch Babe without feeling all conflicty!