Jackfruit is the future! Seriously. The large, green, bumpy fruit is considered a miracle crop and a survival food as it’s easy to grow, survives pests, high temperatures, droughts and can feed a whole family for a whole day. Sustainable, delicious and oh yeah, it can also double as an insane plant based alternative for pulled pork!

These BBQ Jackfruit sandwiches are out of this world and so easy – don’t let all the spice ingredients intimidate you. The broccoli slaw is optional but provides and awesome, creamy, crunch. Surely not my healthiest recipe up here but much better than the real thing! Avocado also makes a great whole food substitute for the vegan mayo.

These sandwiches have zero cholesterol, little to no saturated fat, no hormones or antibiotics and all the flavor and texture of a traditional meat based pulled pork without the cruelty, health implications or environmental impact. If you are skeptical about plant based eating this is definitely one of the first recipes to try. It will turn you into a believer!

Canned jackfruit can be found at most Asian and Indian Markets, online health food retailers, Amazon and I believe Trader Joe’s recently launched one as well. Aroy-D is my favorite brand so far. This recipe is best using Jackfruit in brine or water.

5 from 1 vote

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

Servings 6


  • 2 20 oz cans jackfruit , in brine or water
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil optional
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke optional
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce  divided
  • 1/4 cup water

Broccoli Slaw:

  •  1 12 oz bag of broccoli slaw
  •  1/2 cup vegan mayo
  •  1 tbs vinegar , white, apple cider or coconut
  •  1-2  tbs sugar
  •  1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  •  1/4 tsp salt


  • Burger Buns
  • Vegan mayo
  • Leafy greens
  • Hot sauce
  • Pickles or other pickled veggies


  1. Drain and rinse the canned jackfruit. Optional: cut off the core.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the spices: smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, pepper and salt. Add the jackfruit and toss until throughly coated in spices.

  3. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add oil. Once hot, add the jackfruit. Cook for about 3 minutes until jackfruit begins to yellow.

  4. Flip jackfruit and pour 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce mixed with 1/4 cup water overtop, liquid smoke if using and and give a gentle stir. Adjust heat to medium-low. Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

  5. While the jackfruit simmers make your broccoli slaw by whisking together mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Toss with the broccoli slaw and set aside.

  6. Once jackfruit is done shred with 2 forks. Then add the other 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce and cook for a few minutes more.

  7. Remove the jackfruit from heat and assemble your sandwich. Spread bun with any condiments, layer BBQ jackfruit, extra BBQ sauce, slaw and any other desired toppings like greens or pickled veggies and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you are looking to give this recipe a boost of protein, sub out 1 can of the jackfruit for whole or mashed lentils (or another bean/legume of choice).