3 Ultimate Ways To Making Vegan Pulled Pork

MARCH 11, 2021

Plant Pulled Pork Has Never Tasted That Good

Instead of calling it Vegan Pulled Pork, we should actually call it 100% PLANT-BASED PULLED PORK I think. Isn't it crazy that you can take the peel of a banana, a torn apart king oyster mushroom or pieces of a young jackfruit and turn them into amazing plant dishes that look just like real meat or chicken? I honestly couldn't believe my eyes nor my taste buds the first time I tried "Barbecue-flavored banana peel pulled pork", "Asian-marinated king oyster mushroom pulled pork" and "jackfruit pulled pork in a spicy jalapeño salsa".

Sound like something you'd love to try? I promise, you will never forget this plant food experience! 

What You Need To Make Vegan Pulled Pork

Well this is all on you. You decide if you would like to go for King Oyster Mushrooms, Jackfruit, be courageous and try banana peels or try all of them at once. In the recipes below, I share three completely different options to show that basically everything is possible. You will find a recipe for

- Young Jackfruit Pulled Pork in a spicy Mexican Jalapeño Salsa

- Asian-marinated King Oyster Mushroom Pulled Pork

- American Barbecue-Flavored Banana Peel Pulled Pork

I suggest: Use these different "marinate" options as inspiration to get creative and swap them around however you like.  Jackfruit, king oyster mushrooms and the banana peel have a pretty "neutral flavor". Imagine them like tofu. The marinate is what makes them shine.

I am pretty sure that not only Jackfruit tastes pretty amazing with a Mexican Jalanpeño salsa, but also the King Oyster mushrooms. And if you happen to only have Indian spices at home, take the recipes below as a starting point and go and experiment with the Indian flavors. This is next on my cooking agenda as well :) 

The Best Vegan Pulled Pork

One question I get asked regularly when I speak about my Vegan Pulled Pork experiments: "Karo, so which one is the best?" - My answer: Clearly depends on your preferences and taste buds. In my opinion, all of them are deliciously unique in their own way and I normally serve all variants on big taco fiestas - which hopefully will happen soon again (post COVID). 

Tacos Or Sandwich? - The Best Ways To Serve Vegan Pulled Pork

Next question: How should you serve the Vegan Pulled Pork? - I personally love to prep them as a taco filling. Though, they also taste wonderful on top of a delicious lunch sandwich or as a side to any sort of grain, pasta, wholegrain rice and co. 

In the image below, I used a wholegrain slice of bread, topped it with fresh and seasonal purslane, barbecue banana peel

Can Plant-Based Pulled Pork Compete With Real Pulled Pork In Terms Of Flavor? 

Being a plant-lover at heart, I truly believe homemade plant-based meat alternatives can definitely compete with real high-quality meat IF - and this is of utmost importance - they are made with high-quality ingredients full of original flavor. Please, forget about the highly processed meat alternatives you can find in the supermarket. They are a completely different category. Just like high-quality meat needs its preparation time to shine on your dinner table, veggies do as well. Therefore: If you go plant-based, use high quality ingredients, work from scratch with and I promise, you can make plant magic happen. 

Vegan Taco Shopping Tips

Except of the special Mexican pickled Jalapeños, the recipes below don't include any special ingredients and you should be able to find them in a "regular or organic supermarket". The Jalapeños though are a bit more challenging. I ordered these online from a MexicanStore called MexGrocer. I used to cook with these Jalapeños in Mexico and simply haven't found any other European brand that is able to make pickled Jalapeños shine as the original Mexican manufacturers do. But I'll keep you posted. Of course, I'm also working on my DIY version. :)

More Plant-Rich Creations

Hooked and ready to deep-dive into the health-enhancing and flavorful world of plant food? Then take a look at some of my other creations such as..

1. Deliciously healthy Raw Pasta with Cashew Crunch

2. Vegan, Raw Spirulina Cake

3. Cucumber-Cashew Gazpacho with Spicy Jalapeños 

Share Your Vegan Pulled Pork Love With Me!

I hope you enjoyed this little read into the world of plant cuisine. Like always, I would love to see your delicious plant-rich creations and repost it on my social channels. So make sure to tag me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Besides, if you have any feedback for me, questions with regards to the recipe or if you just want to say "hey", comment below or shoot me a personal message through my contact form

Love & Plants, Karo

3 Ways To Making Vegan Pulled Pork (Jackfruit Pulled Pork, King Oyster Mushroom & Banana Peel)
6-8 SERVINGS PREP TIME : 60 min COOK/REST TIME : 20 min
Vegan Pulled Pork is one of the coolest things in the Vegan world I believe. Not only do the plant-loaded alternatives look confusingly similar, they also have an incredible flavor if seasoned just a tiny bit. This recipe is all about my favorite vegan meat alternatives. Enjoy.
INGREDIENTS PREPARATION
INGREDIENTS :
    • VERSION 1: MEXICAN JACKFRUIT VEGAN PULLED PORK :
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      3 Pickled Jalapeños plus 3 pickled carrot slices from Herdez (original Mexican brand)
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      500g (1 jar) Organic Jackfruit
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      1 medium-sized red onion (cut into small dice)
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      Oil to fry
    • VERSION 2: SPICY BANANA PEEL VEGAN PULLED PORK :
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      200g Organic Banana Peel (only peel weight)
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      Filtered Water (roughly 200ml - water reduction)
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      25g Tamari (or Soy Sauce)
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      15g Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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      2 Tbsp Organic Tomato Paste (additive-free)
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      1 Garlic Clove (minced)
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      Ground Coriander
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      Chili Flakes according to taste
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      Optional: Chili Powder
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      Oil to fry
    • VERSION 3: ASIAN-SPICED VEGAN PULLED PORK WITH KING OYSTER MUSHROOMS :
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      160g King Oyster Mushrooms
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      2 Tsp light brown Miso
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      1 Garlic Clove (minced)
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      25g Tamari (or Soy Sauce)
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      1 Tsp Cumin
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      1 medium-sized red onion (cut into small dice)
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      Oil to fry
    • QUICK & EASY COLESLAW :
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      400g White Cabbage (1/2 small white cabbage)
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      10g Apple Cider Vinegar
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      1 Tbsp Raw Honey
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      100g Greek Yoghurt (or Vegan alternative)
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      1/2 Lemon
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      1 Garlic Clove (minced)
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      Fresh Coriander according to taste
PREPARATION :
  1. Mexican Jackfruit Pulled Pork: Take the Jackfruit out of the jar and break the chunks into small pieces that look like pulled pork. Take the pickled Jalapeños and carrots and mash them carefully. They should be very soft out of the jar. Pour the Jalapeños mash "salsa" over the jackfruit pulled pork and combine well. Heat a frying pan with oil and sauté the diced onion. Then add the Jalapeños-Jackfruit mix and fry until golden brown.
  2. Spicy Banana Peel Pulled Pork: Important for this recipe are organic bananas as we are eating the entire peel. Start by taking the flesh out and put it aside (use the flesh for a smoothie or your breakfast oats). Then take a fork and scrape down the peel until you end up with "banana peel spaghetti" . Place the "spaghetti in a bowl and add the seasoning (add ingredients listed except of water). Combine well and marinate for at least 30min before frying. Then, place the banana peel into a heated oily pan and fry for a few moments until the peel starts to turn golden brown. Then, add a few splashes of water and let the mix simmer (water evaporate). Repeat process 2-3 times until the banana peel is cooked through. Remove mix from the stove and prep to serve.
  3. Asian-Spiced King Oyster Mushroom Pulled Pork: Wash your King Oyster Mushrooms. Then, take a fork to tear the mushroom apart by continously scraping down from top to bottom . Place the mushroom pieces in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Marinate for at least 30min. Then fry the mushrooms just like you fried the jackfruit in a heated frying pan (First fry the onion, then add the mushroom and fry until golden brown).
  4. For the Coleslaw take your white cabbage and cut it into small (thin) stripes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Let the mix sit for at least 30min before serving. I personally love to prep the salad a few hours before so that the cabbage has time to soften and absorb the marinate.
  5. Serve with tacos, wholegrain bread or any other kind of "healthy carbohydrate source" plus leafy greens :)

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