Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Upton's Jackfruit: Bar-B-Que and Chili Lime Carnitas

I was so excited when Kittee shared her win of Upton's jackfruit from a contest on The Sexy Vegan with me, and even moreso when I received the fun care package from the company.

I was a bit trepidatious because of my last run-in with jackfruit, so I tucked it in the fridge for the time being (although refrigeration isn't required). Then one day when leaving work I was craving a hardy dinner. I remembered the bar-B-que jackfruit, so I stopped off to pick up a beauteaous roll on my way home. While I was in the HFS it occurred to me that I needed slaw. I'll be honest, from the prepared section I glanced over at the produce: cabbage, carrots, etc, and then I turned my back on them. I knew I needed slaw, I just didn't want to actually make it. So, I picked up some prepared kale slaw and was on my way.

The seasoned and sauced BBQ jackfruit come in a neat pouch and the directions on the box say you need only to heat it on the stovetop for 1-2 minutes to warm; that's my kind of lazy ass cooking. So, in the time it took to cut and dress my roll, the jackfruit was ready.

Success! The sammie looked and tasted great.

Next up: chili lime carnitas jackfruit. I knew I had to eat the them in tacos, but when I went food shopping I remembered everything...except the tacos. Argh. Luckily I was able to steal tortilla chips from VM, so what I made up in saving myself from a trip back to the supermarket, I lost in making my taco dreams come true. Not to say that the nachos weren't terrific in their own right- they just weren't tacos. I really enjoyed that you could taste the lime in the carnitas and that they were bite-size pieces instead of the unruly ones you usually find in canned jackfruit. Next time, though, I think I'll try them in a 7-layer dip.

Needless to say, given that Upton's jackfruit is so much better (not to mention easier) than my own, I will never bother trying to make it myself again. I'm a believer!

Oh, and in case you were wondering if I made good use of those adhesive 'staches from the Upton's care package...

We sure did :-)


  1. 89! So cute!

    I've only tried jackfruit once, but it was pretty good. I've noticed the Upton brand, I guess I should try it!

  2. Aww I love prepping jackfruit! I think your previous effort looked every bit as tasty as the Upton's :)

  3. 89 should be the spokesmodel and sales would soar.


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