While the brining is a great way to get layered flavors here. It’s not imperative. I made this just the other day with no fancy brine. I just rinsed the jackfruit after uncanny. And soaked it in freshwater (enough to cover) and 1 tablespoon of salt. It takes out the canned taste and citric acid if your brand has it yet in there. Let it sit an hour at least, up to overnight.
To Brine the jackfruit:
Open cans of jackfruit and rinse. In a large ziplock bag add all of the brining ingredients and jackfruit. Let sit in fridge overnight.
In the morning drain brine water and collect the jackfruit into another container. Toss out brine bag with contents.
In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add chopped onion. Gently brown the onion for 20 - 30 minutes until translucent and golden brown. Add celery and continue to gently cook until the bottom of the pan is dark and vegetables are caramelized. Deglaze the pan with 1 cup of white wine. Scraping the dark bits on the bottom of the pan, add the jackfruit to the pan with the herbs, spices, maple syrup and vegetable stock. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Checking every 20 minutes that the liquid is still covering the jackfruit. Keep heat lowered to a gentle simmer.
The jackfruit will soften and absorb all of the flavors. Remove cover and using the back of a fork or potato masher, mash the jackfruit until it looks like loose stringy meat.
Raise the heat under your pan to medium and sauté the meat until the liquid has all absorbed and it becomes a little bit dried out. This can take about 30 minutes. It will look drier than it is. Stir often to avoid sticking and burning.
Can be stored up to a week in the fridge or frozen for later.