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Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

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These easy pulled BBQ jackfruit sandwiches are amazing! This plant based alternative to pulled pork is so easy, healthy, flavorful and economical! Only 5 ingredients you won’t believe how easy this is to whip up! I have included directions for Instant Pot, Slow Cooker and Stove Top.

BBQ pulled jackfruit topped with coleslaw on a bun.

Ever since I found this magical fruit, I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of recipes. This pulled BBQ jackfruit sandwich is so simple, using only 5 ingredients for the jackfruit filling! Even though this is a plant based meal, my carnivore friends ask me to make this for them all the time. The texture of the jackfruit is very similar to pulled pork. I have also included a very simple slaw to top these beautiful sandwiches.

How to make Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

This is such a simple recipe, there really isn’t a lot of prep work to do. However, let’s go through some of the steps you should expect.

Onion, bottle of BBQ sauce, can of jackfruit and 2 cloves of garlic.
  • First let’s drain and rinse the jackfruit. If you found the jackfruit canned in brine, make sure you rinse well to get the brine taste removed. As it sits in the strainer, I take this time to ‘squish’ the jackfruit a little to give it that pulled texture. Some people will cut the hard core from the ends of the jackfruit, I find this is not necessary. You will find little seed pods in the jackfruit, those are absolutely fine to leave in.
  • Next place the jackfruit in your pressure cooker along with the water and set for 4 minutes on high pressure. Manual release when done. Carefully drain the hot jackfruit.
  • Now add the olive oil and onion to back to the pressure cooke and saute, please make sure this has cooled off a bit. When ready add garlic and jackfruit. Finally add the BBQ sauce of your choice.
  • For the slaw. The slaw recipe I have included is very basic, but goes along with these sandwiches so well! Feel free to adjust to your preference. Or maybe you don’t want slaw on them at all! You can top with cheese, jalapeno, onion, lettuce or tomato. My husband will add those little crunchy onions to his, options are endless.
  • I used vegan Hawaiian buns for these sandwiches. They are very soft so I made sure to toast them up really good. You can use any type of buns or bread. Other choices could be pita bread or even in a tortilla!
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BBQ pulled jackfruit topped with coleslaw on a bun.

Pulled BBQ Jackfruit


  • Author: Candice
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Description

These easy pulled bbq jackfruit sandwiches are amazing! This plant based alternative to pulled pork is so easy, healthy, flavorful and economical!


Ingredients

For the Pulled BBQ Jackfruit:

2-20 ounce cans of young, green jackfruit.  In water or brine.  Rinsed and drained.

1 1/2 cups water

1 white or yellow onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, diced

1 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

1 TBSP olive oil

6 buns

For the Slaw:

4 cups coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage and carrots

3 green onion, chopped

2 TBSP olive oil

2 TBSP apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

salt and pepper to taste


Instructions

Instant Pot Method:

Rinse and drain the jackfruit.  Use your hands to ‘shred’ the jackfruit.  Set aside.

Set your instant pot to saute mode and add the olive oil.  Once hot, add the onion and saute for 4 minutes or until starting to brown.  Add garlic and jackfruit and stir to combine.  Add jackfruit and BBQ sauce and continue to stir on saute mode for 4 minutes.  Turn off heat.

FOR THE SLAW

Combine all ingredients in large bowl and stir.  You can make this a day ahead of time.

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

Place the BBQ jackfruit on toasted buns and top with the slaw.  Viola..simple as that!

Slow Cooker Method:

Rinse and drain the jackfruit.  Use your hands to ‘shred’ the jackfruit.  Set aside.

Set your stove top to medium heat, in a skillet add the olive oil.  Once hot, add the onion and saute for 4 minutes or until starting to brown.  Add the garlic during the last minute of cooking.

In your slow cooker, add the onion mix, jackfruit and BBQ sauce and stir to combine.  Set slow cooker on low for 2 hours.  Can stay on warm mode for up to 2 hours.

FOR THE SLAW

Combine all ingredients in large bowl and stir.  You can make this a day ahead of time.

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

Place the BBQ jackfruit on toasted buns and top with the slaw.  Viola..simple as that!

Stove Top Method:

Rinse and drain the jackfruit.  Use your hands to ‘shred’ the jackfruit.  Set aside.

Set your stove top to medium heat, in a large skillet add the olive oil.  Once hot, add the onion and saute for 4 minutes or until starting to brown.  Add the garlic during the last minute of cooking.

Add the jackfruit and BBQ sauce and stir to combine.  Turn heat down and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stir every couple of minutes.

FOR THE SLAW

Combine all ingredients in large bowl and stir.  You can make this a day ahead of time.

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

Place the BBQ jackfruit on toasted buns and top with the slaw.  Viola..simple as that!

Notes

Some people will cut off the hard core at the ends of the jackfruit pieces, I find this a waste, they will cook down and even give a nice texture.

This will keep in fridge for 5 days.  I actually make this for meal prep.  It not only is great as a sandwich, but also goes well over rice, noodles, potatoes, ect.

The time below is for the instant pot method. 

The nutritional content if the the recipe ingredients, as written including the slaw and hawaiian buns.  One sandwich is one serving.

Make sure to PIN this recipe for future reference!!!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: jackfruit, vegan, instant pot, slow cooker, plant based.

7 Comments

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  2. You have 1-1/2 cups water on the ingredients list but does not say to add in anywhere? Do you add to slower cooker with BBQ sauce?

  3. Can I use fresh jackfruit instead of canned? Sorry if this is obvious, this will be my first time making jackfruit!

  4. Amazing!!! I loved this recipe. New favorite jackfruit recipe

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