ASP.NET core setup in without OWIN

I am trying to implement Hangfire without using the OWIN packages.

I have it properly installed, and in my global.asax I have

Sub Application_Start(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
	' Fires when the application is started


End Sub

All the tables are created and there is a job enqued from my application. I cannot seem to get the actual hangifre process up and started. Everything I read points to using something in the startup.vb class in App_Code - but all of the examples are using IAppBuilder which is found in OWIN.

Can I do this without OWIN?