Exploring the Recipe of Montreal’s Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich
Enrico Frank Andreoli, a Montreal native, loves nothing more than his hometown’s cuisine. He has started a series of blogs to invite readers everywhere to visit Montreal and try out some of the most popular dishes in some of the most beloved restaurants in town. Enrico Frank Andreoli has some blogs where he lists the best food establishments and their most popular dishes, while in other blogs, such as this one, he shares recipes of some of the world-class menu items.
One of Enrico Frank Andreoli’s favorite Montreal dishes is the Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich from Depanneur Le Pick Up. Even if this particular item has a non-vegan variant, Enrico still prefers the vegan version simply because of its uniqueness.
Enrico Frank Andreoli is sure that countless people have attempted to create a vegan sandwich that tastes like it isn’t a vegan sandwich to varying results. He is confident, however, that the good folks at Le Pick Up have perfected it. The secret is that they used one of the more surprising fruits available – jackfruit.
Jackfruit can be preserved in syrup as a sweet fruit, tasting like pineapple and banana in equal parts. However, for this recipe, jackfruit was preserved in brine and used a substitute for pork.
Below, Enrico Frank Andreoli shares the recipe for the Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich, as seen in PoweredbyPlantz.com
- 1 20oz can young green jackfruit in brine
- 3 – 6 garlic cloves – smashed
- 1 tsp olive or coconut oil
- 1/2 – 1 cup (low sugar) BBQ sauce
- 1-2 T adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers (optional)
water, as needed
- Shredded cabbage or coleslaw
- Hot pepper rings
- Fresh arugula or spinach
- Drain the jackfruit and rinse thoroughly, squeezing out as much excess water as possible
- In a small saucepan or medium cast-iron skillet, sauté the garlic in the oil.
- Add drained, squeezed jackfruit, a pinch of salt, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Dial the heat down to low, add the BBQ sauce, and stir to coat.
- Simmer on low, partially covered, occasionally stirring for about an hour. Add more sauce or water as needed.
- Once the jackfruit is cooked, it will start to fall apart quite easily. Shred it with a fork if necessary.
Optional: To let the flavors meld, set the dish aside for a couple of hours or even overnight, then reheat to serve. This is great to prepare in advance and heat up on the fly.
Enrico Frank Andreoli hopes you love this gem of a dish as much as he has.
Enrico Frank Andreoli, a Montreal native, chronicles the best meals in his city on his blogs. Click here to follow his culinary adventures.