Say whatttt? Yeah you read that right! BBQ jackfruit pizza coming in hot and it is everythingggg. I sometimes get that strong craving for some cheesy carb loaded goodness and this definitely fits the bill. Jackfruit is getting some attention for its meat-like texture and neutral flavor. It’s a vegan/vegetarian wondrous food that makes a perfect substitute for pulled “pork” sandwiches or shredded chicken. Nothing screams comfort food more than a BBQ pizza and what’s better than a healthier vegetarian version that tastes amazing?
I first ate jackfruit at this vegan restaurant in Austin, Texas that was super hipster but really cute (leave a comment if ya want the name!) I was really skeptical at first (how can a fruit really substitute for meat?) but I was so shocked with how good it was! I knew it was something I would want to experiment with in my own kitchen. Some techniques I’ve learned while preparing jackfruit are key to a successful recipe:
- Make sure to purchase canned jackfruit in brine or water and NOT syrup! Some places carry it and this will end up disastrous.
- You can find canned jackfruit at most Asian markets or online if you do not live close to one.
- Make sure to remove any seeds or seed skins when “shredding” the jackfruit. They can sometimes be left over and it’s important to get rid of any tracings.
BBQ Jackfruit Pizza
- 1 package pre-made dough (or homemade)
- 1 16 oz bottle barbecue sauce or homemade (about 2 cups)
- 1 28 oz can jackfruit (in brine or water)
- 1 jalapeno cut in thin wheels
- 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks
- 1/2 red onion sliced finely
- 1/2 cup vegan cheddar cheese (can substitute with vegan cheese I like Daiya brand)
- 1/2 cup mozzarella (can substitute with vegan cheese)
- cilantro for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
If making dough from scratch, follow recipe and set aside to rise
Drain can of jackfruit and place in pan on medium heat. Let cook for 5 minutes
Once jackfruit is tender and you can stick a fork in it, remove from heat and transfer to cutting board
With back of a fork, PRESS into the jackfruit pieces instead of shredding it like you would with meat. I found this to work better
Place back in pan on stove and add 1 cup of barbecue sauce. Let cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat
Lay out dough and spread a thin layer of the remaining barbecue sauce
Sprinkle cheese on top
Evenly space out onions, pineapple, and jalapeno slices
Top with jackfruit
Bake in over for 18-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted
Let cool and serve immediately. Leftover keep in fridge for about a week.
To make your own barbecue sauce mix the following ingredients in a saucepan over low-medium heat:
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons liquid aminos
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons chili powder