Thursday, June 16, 2011

A barbecue recipe... and a barbecue invitation!

 Man, we had some fun yesterday!

I mean, aside from watching the New York Philharmonic's production of Company starring Neil Patrick Harris (which is being shown in movie theaters across the country for three more days - tonight & Tuesday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 2.)  If you're a fan of NPH or musical theater, you should catch it.

Some of that fun was had in the kitchen, where Tom attempted to recreate the specialty of the now-closed Pure Luck restaurant... which, you may recall, was the location of an Adventure Wednesday last month

We found jackfruit! It's available at most Asian or Indian food stores.
Some recipes recommend getting it in brine, but we think it's better in water.

 Jackfruit is an Asian fruit that is sweet when ripened, but can be used in its unripe (or "young green") stage as a vegetarian base for curries or other dishes.  We LOVED Pure Luck's barbecue jackfruit sandwich, but now that it's closed, we're SO(Pure)L.  Or so we thought.

Thanks to a little Googlin', we got wind of a cooking method for jackfruit.  So yesterday, we tackled a recreation of that magical sandwich.  And it worked!

Here's how jackfruit looks before cooking.  Drain well and squeeze out whatever liquid you can.

Dice two cloves of garlic, and saute in a spritz of Pam for a few minutes. 
Then add the jackfruit and saute for another few minutes.

Move the mixture to your slow cooker or crock pot, and add your favorite barbecue sauce.

After about an hour, the jackfruit will start to fall apart.  It will look surprisingly like pulled pork.
Help it along with a fork - keeping in mind that the core may not shred as well. It's still edible.

Use your preferred bun and toppings (we used Trader Joe's rustic rolls, Vegenaise, dill pickles and onions)
and you've got a barbecue sandwich that is not only scrumptious, it's low-cal.

Can you believe it?

There are 100 calories in a cup of barbecue jackfruit... 
as compared to 528 calories in barbecue pulled pork.

Jackfruit really is surprisingly delicious.  But a word of warning - it is not chewy and firm like actual pulled pork.  It has a softer texture.  If you're a meat fan, you'll probably want to still enjoy pulled pork as a treat, but if you've got a hankering for barbecue sauce and don't want to spare those 528 calories, jackfruit will definitely hit the spot.

And speaking of hitting the spot...


That's right, everyone.  At our next Supper Club 600, we will serve a mouth-watering barbecue feast, complete with summery salads, home-made condiments (including our new concoction, tamarind barbecue sauce) and a dessert that is... the bombe.

We'd like to host it on Saturday evening, July 23.  And consider this your invitation!  Please RSVP here, on Facebook, Twitter, or to me directly. 

We don't yet have a firm location, but it occurs to us that our home isn't big enough to host this party series as it grows.  We have had one offer to host, and we'll try to firm that up soon.  And if you'd be interesting in hosting a Supper Club in the future, let us know.

In fact, this thing seems to be growing like a weed (a tasty, tasty weed) so we're going to do a little something different this time.  Tom and I are thrilled to plan, prepare, and cook for everyone.  In fact, we're passionate about it.  But in order to keep up with the pace we're setting, I don't think our finances can cover every ingredient for a huge dinner ever other month.  And instead of making it potluck (since the aim is to balance the calories, and push our culinary creativity) we'd like to open it up for donations, instead.

Just to make it clear - donations are in no way required of our guests.  And they don't have to be financial donations.  There are all kinds of ways you could contribute to this.

  • Open up your home for the party
  • Assist with set-up
  • Donate money to cover an ingredient/course/decoration for the meal (for instance, the jackfruit. We'd even list you as Official Jackfruit Sponsor on the menu!)
  • Lend plates, or tablecloths, or folding chairs/tables
  • Offer to drive a carpool to the location
  • Entertain the guests after the meal with your fancy dancing
  • Help clean up (this'll be an important one, especially if we're not in our own home.)

If you'd like to contribute, please let me know and I'll keep everything organized.  Any extra donated funds will NOT be kept by Tom and I; we'll simply keep a SC600 pool and apply it to the next party.  We want to make this a community celebration - not a business in any way.

OK!  We're really looking forward to sharing this with you.  So think about joining us - and take care of you today!


  1. I wish I was closer to come to a SC600 night! The BBQ looks amazing though and I have had a big hankering for it lately. This will be something to try out with the vegetarian boyfriend :) I may be in touch with you for tips!

  2. Did you say tamarind barbecue sauce?!?!?! Count me in!

    I may be out of town that day, but I'm putting in my tentative yes for this. I'll let you know as soon as I can confirm :)

  3. I am THERE, provided I don't get a MAGICAL ticket to Comic Con (which I'm waiting to hear about lol).

    I can't wait to try your jackfruit BBQ "pulled pork"!

  4. Tentative yes but I may be at Con. Yay BBQ.

  5. Evenings are tough for us, unless the venue has a dark, semi-quiet room we can put a portable crib into.

    I know it's called "Supper Club" but perhaps there will be a lunch version sometime? I'm sure Theo will love to try all the new foods, too.

  6. I am a new follower, thanks to your guest post at Kenz's site and live in Pasadena. I would totally love to come. Let me see if I can secure a babysitter and maybe the hubs and I can come out to play with you all that night.

  7. Stephanie - this is PERFECT for a veggie bf. And, I need you to call me for tips so I can hear more about veggie bf!

    @Keith - I hope you're in town... because we're dedicating the tamarind sauce to you, plus this one will be located a mere hop/skip/jump from your place!

    @Alexa - As much as I hope you get to nerd out at Con, I hope we get to have you, too.

    @Audra - that's funny, I just read an article about your employer not coming to Con. But if you do, maybe you can stop on the way back that night - it's at C&B's.

    @Jennie - the venue is a short ways from you guys, perhaps that will help. And of course there'll be lunch and breakfast and brunch versions in the future. :)

    @Patty - nice to meet you! Thanks for reaching out, I'm glad you found me through Kenlie. Let me know and I'll get you some details and see if we can't work it out!

  8. :( Mark and I will be at Comic Con.

  9. Aww, Mindy I'm bummed to hear it. Another time soon!

  10. Hi again. Hope you had a happy 4th. I've had a chance to settle my summer schedule and it looks like I'm open on July 23. If you've still got room, I'd love to come. I can't cook to save my life, but I'd be happy to contribute monetarily to the cause, and if anyone besides me is coming from the South Bay, I'd be happy to give them a ride. I can fit 3 other people in my car.

  11. If you don't cook it in the slow cooker and just simmer+stir fry it, the jackfruit will be much "meatier" in that, it will have more chew to it. I simmer in water+spices while I heat up the jackfruit, stir fry a bit and then combine with whatever sauce I'm using and then let it rest and marinate in the sauce to soak up the flavors.