Vegan Jackfruit ‘Ribs’ Taste Just as Good as the Real Deal (and They’re Way Easier to Make)

Just because you (or your dinner mates) are vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss the barbecue. Jackfruit ribs are just as tangy and lip-smacking as the real deal, but they're totally plant-based (made from jackfruit, a trendy meat substitute that has the consistency of pulled pork). Best of all, there's no outdoor grill required.

What You Need:
 - 1 cup water
 - Barbecue sauce
 - 20 ounce can jackfruit
 - 1¼ cup whole-wheat flour
 - 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
 - 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
 - 1 tablespoon onion powder
 - 1¼ tablespoons garlic powder
 - ½ teaspoon sea salt
 - 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Step 2: Place ¼ cup water, ¼ cup barbecue sauce and jackfruit in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Step 3: Combine the whole-wheat flour, yeast, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and salt in a large bowl and mix with a spoon until combined.

Step 4: Add the soy sauce, ¾ cup water and the jackfruit mixture to the dry ingredients and thoroughly combine. (Tip: Use your hands to make sure everything is fully incorporated.)

Step 5: Scoop the mix into a greased 9-inch by 9-inch pan and spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then let cool for 20 minutes.

Step 6: Cut your faux ribs in half and cover both halves with barbecue sauce. Flip and cover the bottom with sauce as well. Return the pan to the oven for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 7: Remove from the pan and cut into rib-shaped pieces. Top off your vegan-friendly ribs with more barbecue sauce and dig in.

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