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Pulled jackfruit smothered in barbeque sauce and paired with coleslaw is what dreams are made of. This BBQ jackfruit recipe only requires a few ingredients and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. Get yo grub on with this easy vegan recipe!

Pulled pork sandwiches were one of my favorite things to eat growing up, but since becoming vegetarian, I’ve had to get real creative with some delicious substitutes. This vegan pulled pork swap is so close to the real deal I’m almost positive you can trick your non veg friends 😉

hamburger buns, bbq sauce, coleslaw, jackfruit, and seasonings on wooden board

What is jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a tropical fruit common in Asia and looks like a HUGE spiky watermelon shaped fruit. Now I’ve watched YouTube videos on how to open a jackfruit, and it looks pretty crazy. Luckily they sell canned jackfruit which is way more convenient because one, we don’t have jackfruit naturally in the US, and two, it’s a lot easier to cook with.

Jackfruit is a game changer for those vegetarians and vegans out there. It’s a delicious meat alternative and tastes amazing on pizza or tacos!

hand pouring barbecue sauce over jackfruit in cast iron skillet

Where to buy canned jackfruit

  • Trader Joes
  • Asian Markets
  • Asian aisle of the grocery store

Note: Jackfruit is sold in a can with brine or syrup. Make sure to get the canned jackfruit in brine! Syrup would make for an overly sweet recipe disaster.

bbq jackfruit in case iron skillet

Unlike pulled pork that takes hours to make, this jackfruit recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes!

How to make BBQ jackfruit:

  1. Start by heating jackfruit on medium/high heat
  2. Using a potato masher (or backside of a fork), start mashing jackfruit until the chunks break up
  3. Stir in seasonings and BBQ sauce!

hand pouring barbecue sauce on jackfruit on bun

Pile the bbq jackfruit onto a bun, lather on extra barbeque sauce, and top with coleslaw for the ultimate plant-based meal. This sandwich is a great rendition of the American classic meal.

Note: For all my vegan babes, try a tasty vegan coleslaw recipe to pair with your jackfruit sandwich!

BBQ jackfruit sandwiches make the perfect dinner for Summer picnics and barbeques. Wow your meat lovin’ friends with this simple and healthy recipe!

bbq jackfruit sandwich with coleslaw and barbecue sauce

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If you like this jackfruit recipe, you’ll LOVE:

BBQ Jackfruit Pulled Pork Pizza
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bbq jackfruit pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw on wooden board

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

Tender pulled "pork" slathered in barbeque sauce and paired with coleslaw is the ultimate vegan meal. Try this quick and easy recipe for a delicious plant-based version of the American classic!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: jackfruit pulled pork, vegan summer picnic recipe, vegetarian bbq recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Amanda


  • 2 14.5-ounce cans jackfruit in brine (see notes for larger can sizes)
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Serving Suggestions:

  • hamburger buns
  • coleslaw


  • Drain the jackfruit and set it aside.
  • Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add jackfruit - you will want to use a little bit of oil if your pan isn't non-stick. Let cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • Once the jackfruit is warm, use a potato masher or the backside of a fork to mash jackfruit well until it resembles pulled pork. Remove seeds and seed casings (you don't have to get them all, they are perfectly safe to eat!)
  • Add paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Mix until seasonings are distributed. Add BBQ sauce and mix well. Let cook for 1-2 minutes stirring frequently.
  • Add jackfruit to a hamburger bun. Top with extra some vegan coleslaw.


  • I like using Trader Joe's jackfruit which come in 20-ounce cans as oppose to a standard 14.5-ounce can. You can use these and keep the recipe as is. Just adjust the seasonings and add more BBQ sauce if desired!
  • Leftovers keep for about 1 week. To store leftovers, keep jackfruit separate from coleslaw. When ready to eat, simply reheat jackfruit then top with cool coleslaw!
  • I used Trader Joe's organic barbecue sauce and it's so delicious! Highly recommend.


Serving: 1sandwich (filling only) | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.6g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 0.8g | Sodium: 998mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 16g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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