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On Their Blogs By Their Hands: Vegan BBQ (faux pulled pork)

18 Comments 03 July 2012

On Their Blogs By Their Hands: Vegan BBQ (faux pulled pork)

After a full day of work, two flights, and an hour and a half drive in the dark, I was ready to retreat.  Thankfully, I arrived at the home of Shirley of gfe safely.  I would have to wait until morning to actually see the gorgeous countryside, the lake, the incredible mountain-style home with the screened-in back porch, and the towering trees.  All of that would feed my spirit in the days to come.

But I arrived to a welcoming group of pajama-clad food bloggers who were all tapping away at their iPads and laptops.   Immediately, laptops were closed, hugs went all around, and the refrigerator door opened.

“Oh, no, I’m not really hungry.”  I had missed dinner, but I had snacked and could wait until breakfast.

“But we had Johnna’s Vegan Pulled Pork for dinner, and we saved you some.”

Vegan Pulled Pork?  How can you turn that down, even at 11:00 p.m.?

It was astounding.  Not only was it a delicious late night snack, but it was so remarkably like eating pulled pork barbecue that it was hard to believe it was vegan.  Johnna was a genius.

Johnna of 52 Sweets (and various other 52 blogs) is a gluten-free vegetarian who started her blog by chronicling her quest to eat only one sweet treat every week for a year.  That lead to other 52 projects like 52 Donuts and 52 Foods on a Stick that you can read all about here. Johnna is so cool.

She is full of laughter, light, encouragement, and joy.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and can’t wait to see her again!  Until then, I can make the recipes from her blog and enjoy chatting online.

As soon as I got home I went on a quest for the secret ingredient in Johnna’s Vegan Pulled Pork.  Jackfruit.  I couldn’t find it at Whole Foods.  But I finally found it at an International Market, and I’ll be keeping them in stock!

Does anyone else get this excited to find recipe ingredients?

The next day, I made Johnna’s Jackfruit BBQ for a pool party, and everyone loved it, meat eaters and vegetarians alike.  The jackfruit is very tender, much more so than pork, and it takes on the flavor of the barbecue sauce perfectly.

Spooned into a corn tortilla, it made delicious Vegan BBQ Tacos.

The hardest part about making this Vegan BBQ was finding the Jackfruit.  The rest was a snap.  Toss the ingredients in the slowcooker, wait, and shred.  You can find Johnna’s Jackfruit BBQ Recipe here.  Johnna and I must have been on the same wavelength last week as she also posted a recipe for Jackfruit Tacos that incorporates wild rice.  I’m trying that one next.

Other On Their Blogs, By Their Hands posts:

And there are still more to come!

Readers, dish!

  • Have you found Johnna’s blogs?
  • Have you ever tried Jackfruit?
  • What missing ingredient have you had to hunt down?

Your Comments

18 Comments so far

  1. Heather, your photos clearly and beautifully show how amazing Johnna’s Faux Pulled Pork is! And yes, I get very excited when I find certain ingredients, too. LOL Especially when I know they will help me create amazing recipes! :-) Now I must make a taco version myself. I’m counting on our local international store to carry the young jackfruit. What type of taco shells are those you used? Homemade? They look more rustic than the storebought ones I’ve seen/used.

    Love this series! You are keeping the memories of our gfe retreat alive! :-)


    • Heather says:

      Shirley, I use the Sprouted Corn Tortillas by Food For Life. They don’t use corn flour or corn meal. Just sprouted corn. They are a little more rustic and slightly less durable than regular corn tortillas, but I’ll take messy if it’s healthier and tastier!


      • Heather, thanks for letting me know. I don’t mind messier or healthier, of course, but I have not used ANY Food for Life products since their Brown Rice Tortillas and Millet Bread tested positive for gluten via the Gluten-Free Watchdog (GFW) testing. To my knowledge and dismay, Food For Life has not even made an attempt to acknowledge/apologize or rectify the situation. :-( It’s GFW’s policy to re-test products that test gluten-full, so I’ll be very interested to see what the next testing of these FFL products shows. I’d love to see these tortillas tested, too. Many were using the other FFL products, having some issues, and not being able to figure out the source when the alert from GFW was posted. GFW’s policy is to alert the public when products test 20 ppm or more, but specific testing results are only available to subscribers. I’m a big fan of the GFW program. At $4.99 a month, I think it’s invaluable to those of us who need to eat gluten free and consume any ready-made gf products.


  2. Johnna says:

    Thanks for mentioning my BBQ Jackfruit, Heather! It was so much fun spending time with you and the other gals. I’m sure enjoying this series, so much great food!

    • Heather says:

      Johnna, it WAS such a great weekend and so wonderful to be with you. This BBQ was one of my weekend favorites and is quickly becoming a family favorite. Thank you!!

  3. Debi says:

    We are extremely lucky that an Asian market opened up REALLY close to us AND they carry jackfruit. I’m keeping at least one can in my pantry at all times now. lol You are not the only one that gets that excited. Chaz was staring at me when I found bittermelon at Kroger up here. I was HUGGING it! 😀 That’s how excited I get. lol

  4. Linda says:

    I’m really curious about this one since I didn’t get to try it. I’ll have to go hunting for Jackfruit.

  5. What fun! (the bloggers in PJs, I can only imagine :) Always fun to connect! This looks great, can’t wait to try it! :)

  6. My huge mistake is reading this at dinner time right now. I am literally drooling while I am thinking of this. I need to make this soon for my family! They will love it! Why is it that every time I read one of these recap posts it has me missing that weekend terribly…


  7. Ricki says:

    Sounds like such a great time! And I can’t believe that I’ve had a can of jackfruit in my cupboard for, literally, about a year, just waiting to be turned into “pulled pork”! Now that I have your recommendation I will have to try Johnna’s recipe instead! Looks amazing.

  8. I just discovered your blog and love it! I’ve made a BBQ jackfruit wrap, too, but with a homemade BBQ sauce. Absolutely delicious! Of course, it is all about the sauce!

    This was my version:

    • Heather says:

      I love it! Thanks so much for visiting and for giving me this link! What a fabulous recipe! Johnna’s makes use of a bottled barbecue sauce, which is quick and easy. I’m so glad to know how to do it from scratch now. Thanks!!


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