Jackfruit is everywhere right now. Every time I buy one fresh, I have at least one person stop me in the grocery store to ask me what it is, how it tastes, and how to cook it. I’m not really surprised -- it is super delicious and very versatile. Check out my recent video where I compare fresh jackfruit, canned ripe jackfruit, and canned jackfruit in brine.
One of my favorite ways to eat jackfruit is as a savory meat substitute. The internet is overflowing with recipes for pulled pork (I even have my own video here). I wanted to do something different, using one of my favorite flavor combos: salty, sweet, & smokey.
Jackfruit Bacon Bites
1 can jackfruit (unripe, packed in water or brine)
1 tbsp liquid smoke
3 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp tamari
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
Pinch of smoked paprika
Trim the jackfruit to remove any tough parts and then slice thinly. Press between two clean cloths to remove excess moisture. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and toss with the trimmed jackfruit. Marinade in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread jackfruit on parchment paper in a single thin layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through the baking time.