A vegan pulled pork sandwich is easy to make with jackfruit. This bbq jackfruit sandwich recipe is cooked on the stove and then in the oven to give the shredded filling a slightly crisp that tastes amazing when served up on a bun.
Introducing the best vegan pulled pork sandwich!! BBQ jackfruit makes the perfect vegan stand-in for meat bbq! This vegan bbq recipe has the texture and lots of bbq flavor to make the taste pretty authentic.
Always a hit: A BBQ jackfruit sandwich is everyone's favorite at the dinner table!
Simple recipe: Making bbq pulled jackfruit requires only a handful of ingredients that any level cook can master!
Authentic flavors: Jackfruit pulled pork sandwiches means you can enjoy all the bbq flavors you love without the meat.
What is Jackfruit?
This fruit, known as the world's largest fruit, is related to breadfruit and figs. It is typically grown in Africa, South America, and Asia.
Green jackfruit or unripe jackfruit is most like a vegetable and is predominantly used in vegan cooking as a vegan pork substitute or other similar meats. Its stringy texture makes it similar to meat and it has a neutral flavor that absorbs whatever flavorings you add. It isn't a huge source of protein but is full of lots of other nutrients.
Most often it is available canned in the United States. Its popularity these days makes it much easier to find and you can even sometimes buy it fresh in markets.
Less than 10 ingredients are all you need to make veggie pulled pork. Many are basic, easy-to-find ingredients and even pantry staples you may already have in your kitchen.
Yellow Onion: The perfect aromatic to bring out the extra flavor to the dish.
Green Bell Pepper: Adds tons of fiber and nutrients to the jackfruit mixture.
Jackfruit: Look for the green or unripe variety that's canned packed in water. Many organic or health stores carry this product if you can’t find it in your local grocery store.
BBQ sauce: Any vegan bottled barbecue sauce will work.
Buns/Bread: Pick your favorite bun, bread, or roll to serve up your jackfruit bbq sandwich!
How to Make BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich
1) Using your fingers, shred the jackfruit and remove any tough pieces.
2) In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Once heated, add the onion and bell pepper and saute until they become tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.
3) Add in the jackfruit and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, adding the BBQ sauce halfway through.
4) Serve ¼ of the prepared jackfruit onto each bun half or bread slice topped with the red cabbage and another slice of bread or bun.
Expert Tips and FAQs
Choose green jackfruit: Be sure you use green, unripe jackfruit. Ripe jackfruit has a sweeter flavor and will not work in savory dishes.
Rinse and drain: Don't skip rinsing the canned jackfruit to remove the flavors of the brine it is stored in.
BBQ toppings: Add your favorites such as chopped or pickled onions, pickles, jalapeno peppers, or coleslaw.
Spicy flavor: The seasoning can make the jackfruit a bit spicy, so if heat is not your thing, use a sweeter BBQ sauce.
What is the BBQ jackfruit texture/taste like?
My experience has been that seasoning unripe, green jackfruit and then cooking it so it has delicious, crispy ends make it the best substitute for pulled pork. It easily absorbs the flavor you add and has the most authentic texture.
What kind of buns do you use for pulled BBQ jackfruit (vegan)?
White buns, like hamburger buns or white sliced bread, are classic in the South for serving up BBQ, but these days any type of bread works well. I prefer a softer roll rather than a hard roll for eating vegan pulled pork.
What Goes With BBQ Jackfruit?
All your favorite side dishes go with this BBQ jackfruit recipe. Here's some inspiration:
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