This week we were delighted to try a new product which has only just been released – the Sainsbury’s BBQ Jackfruit ready meal that everyone has been talking about. We LOVE jackfruit (as you may guess from our previous reviews), so we were really happy to try this one out.
The product looks a little scary when you first examine it. The white chunks of jackfruit slide around inside a brown sauce, and they either manage to look like an alien substance or – when coated in the sauce – a genuine chunk of meat. So, there’s that. Still, having experienced it before, we weren’t put off by the appearance.
We followed the cooking instructions, but they are a little awkward. First, you cook it in the tray for 25 minutes, then you have to take it out and pull apart the jackfruit with two forks. That wasn’t easy – some pieces were still a bit tough, and didn’t separate right away. I managed to lose a bit of sauce with one overzealous pull! It’s also a little disruptive when you’re cooking something else alongside the jackfruit, because it then goes back in for five minutes.
When we were ready to eat, I noticed some of the sauce ended up burning inside the tray despite following the instructions completely. The sauce was quite tasty, but not really a patch on other BBQ sauces we’ve had in the past. There was perhaps a little something missing.
As for the jackfruit itself, it tasted really bland. We were so disappointed as we have had really delicious jackfruit in the past. If someone was to try this as their first experience with jackfruit, they might not want to try it ever again, and that would be a real shame. Fingers crossed that they can refine the product or come up with something new that lives up to jackfruit’s real potential. In the meantime, we’ll probably give this one a miss in future.