Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwiches with BBQ Jackfruit

BY : PUBLISHED : May 10th, 2022

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. 

Estimated Cost Per Serving: $1.05

completed bbq jackfruit alongside bbq sauce and bread against white surface

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.

Make it into a meal with all your favorite vegan bbq side dishes such as vegan coleslaw, potato salad, and pinto beans.

Want more bbq and comfort food recipes? I think you're going to love this collection of veggie burgers or this bbq tempeh sandwich.

Why This Recipe Works

  • 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.

If you like this ingredient you can also cook Jackfruit Carnitas or Jackfruit Chicken Noodle Soup.

What Goes Into This Recipe

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.

clear bowl of jackfruit alongside measured out ingredients for BBQ jackfruit
  • 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.
  • Smoked paprika, cajun seasoning, garlic powder: Easy pantry staple spices make up the seasoning mixture to coat the jackfruit and give it some flavor.
  • Fresh garlic and diced onion: Aromatics that add more depth of flavor to the dish.
  • BBQ sauce: Any vegan bottled barbecue sauce will work. 
  • Liquid smoke: Optional but it gives the sauce a bit more smoky flavor
  • Bread or roll: Pick your favorite roll or bun to serve up your jackfruit bbq sandwich!

How to Make BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich

  • 1) To get started preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. While it’s heating, open up the jackfruit and rinse under cold water.  Remove the bottom triangle section of the jackfruit. Let the excess water drain off the jackfruit.
  • 2) In a small bowl, mix the paprika, cajun seasoning, and garlic powder together.
  • 3) Place the jackfruit in a bowl with the minced garlic and diced onion. Add the seasoning mixture and toss until evenly coated.
  • 4) Add the jackfruit mixture to a nonstick pan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 5) Add the BBQ sauce and continue to cook for 15 minutes.
  • 6) Transfer the jackfruit mixture from the pan to a nonstick baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • 7) When it’s ready, add it to your bun and top with your favorite vegan bbq sandwich toppings.
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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.

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What Goes With BBQ Jackfruit?

All your favorite side dishes go with this BBQ jackfruit recipe. Here's some inspiration:

Or serve them up with something new!

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Easy Vegan Mushrooms Sandwich

Vegan Vietnamese Báhn Mi Sandwich

Buffalo Tofu Sandwich

Sweet Potato and Jalapeno Burger

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

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Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Jackfruit

Terrence Paschal
This bbq jackfruit recipe cooks the jackfruit twice. Once on the stove to season it and then in the oven to crisp it up. It makes a great vegan pulled pork sandwich the whole family will love.
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 358 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 34 ounces of jackfruit in water
  • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ cup of diced onion
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of liquid smoke optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Rinse the jackfruit under cold water. Remove the bottom triangle section of the jackfruit.
  • In a small bowl, mix the paprika, cajun seasoning, and garlic powder together.
  • Toss the jackfruit pieces, minced garlic, and diced onion in the seasoning mixture until evenly coated.
  • Add the jackfruit mixture to a nonstick pan and cook on medium for 10 minutes.
  • Add BBQ sauce and continue to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove jackfruit mixture from the pan and add to a nonstick baking sheet.
  • Place in oven for 10 minutes.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 764mgPotassium: 454mgFiber: 3gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 535IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 1mg
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About Terrence Paschal

Plant based food, micro brews, punk rock, and running are what I am about.

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  1. Janaye says

    5 stars
    Yummy looks delicious!

  2. Amanda says

    5 stars
    Yes, please! What a brilliant sandwich recipe!

  3. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    Heavenly!! I can't get over how close the texture is to the traditional dish and the taste is amazing. Such a favorite!

  4. Teodora says

    5 stars
    This sounds great, I can't wait to try it!

  5. Tina says

    5 stars
    I love jackfruit recipes, and am excited to add this into the rotation!

    • Andrea White says

      Same! Jackfruit recipes are my fave!

  6. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    Loveeee this jackfruit recipe so much! So tasty!

  7. Choclette says

    5 stars
    I often make pulled jackfruit. Next time I'm going to try your twice cooked method. I like the idea of crispy bits.

  8. Katie says

    5 stars
    Jackfruit recipes are my favorite, and this was delicious!!

  9. nancy says

    5 stars
    totally hit the spot. I can't believe how delicious jackfruit could be!

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