This is the slow cooker jackfruit carnitas recipe that previously appeared in the main blog.
2 cans green jackfruit in water or brine, thoroughly rinsed and thoroughly drained
1/2 white onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 medium dried chipotle peppers, intact
1 medium orange, peeled and cut into segments
2 bay leaves
unsalted or low-sodium vegetable broth to cover two inches above the jackfruit & aromatics (see notes)
1 tb. red wine vinegar
3 tb. liquid aminos (substitute low-sodium soy sauce or tamari)
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1 tb. nutritional yeast
1 tb. smoked paprika
1 tb. dried oregano
1 tb. ground coriander
1 tb. ground cumin
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Thoroughly wash and drain the jackfruit as much as possible.
The pieces of jackfruit will tend to have hard end parts; slice off the bigger ones. Smaller ones will break down during cooking.
If you see any obvious large seeds, remove them now too; the rest will float to the top during cooking or be easy to remove when you shred the jackfruit later.
Warm a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet. When the oil is shimmering, add the jackfruit and a dash of liquid aminos. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the jackfruit has dried out somewhat.
Transfer the jackfruit to your slow cooker, along with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
Drain off the liquid (which you can reserve to use as a tasty chipotle vegetable broth, or even to make soyrizo!) and remove the orange segments, bay leaves and chipotle peppers. For extra chipotle flavor, squeeze out the seeds and juicy insides of the chipotle peppers into the jackfruit.
Use a fork or your hands to remove any intact seeds and pull apart the jackfruit into shreds (which should be very easy to do). Your jackfruit carnitas are now ready to eat!
I use homemade vegetable broth without any added salt, so that I can salt my individual foods to taste instead. If using a salty broth, omit the soy sauce or liquid aminos at first, and taste for seasoning before adding it. Alternately, you can just use water instead of broth.