If you're not up for tracking down and wrangling what looks like a 20lb sea urchin, there are a ton of restaurants getting in on the jackfruit "pulled pork" action, with tons more sure to pop up in the near future. A few recs I received were Tasty Harmony in Fort Collins, Colorado; Lulu's Local Eatery in St. Louis, Missouri; and Amazing Cafe in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Obviously I had to try this magical fruit
I decided I just had to get my hands on some. I'm a carnivore, and really, the idea that a bizarre tropical fruit can be subbed for BBQ pork sounded too good to be true. Right? It has to be too good to be true. Fortunately, I live pretty close to a vegetarian restaurant in Downtown Kansas City, called FüD, so I hopped in to grab its jack BBQ sandwich.
I was apprehensive. I've always been a picky eater, and while my diet includes a greater variety of foods than it did when I was a kid, I still stick pretty close to my "regulars." When I brought the box from FüD to the table, I was expecting something off-putting, a chunky fruit covered in too-sweet barbecue sauce and liquid smoke.