June 22, 2020

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches are the plant-based equivalent of pulled pork. Jackfruit mimics pork and is covered in a smoky, sweet barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Have you ever cooked with jackfruit before?

Honestly, I'm convinced that this fruit is one of the most versatile foods in a plant-based kitchen. You can use jackfruit to sub for meat, make it the star of a dish, or even use the ripe fruit for sweet recipes.

What is Jackfruit?

If you've never heard of it before, jackfruit is, as the name suggests, a fruit. It's in the same family as figs and mulberries.  

A whole jackfruit is actually pretty huge. It has a hard outer shell that takes a very sturdy knife to cut open. Don't worry though, you can buy it in a can, which makes cooking with it so much easier.

When ripe, jackfruit is super sweet. Dried ripe jackfruit and it tastes like candy!

When unripe, jackfruit is very mild in flavor. It will take on the flavor of the spices and sauces you use to flavor it.

Another cool thing about jackfruit is the texture. It is pretty tough so it mimics the texture of meat very easily. For example, I used it as a chicken substitute in my Jackfruit Lemon Quinoa Soup recipe.

We're going to do the same thing with these Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches. It's basically like plant-based pulled pork. When you cut the jackfruit into small pieces, it breaks apart just like shredded pork.

Besides jackfruit, there isn't too much else that goes into this recipe. We'll whip up a quick BBQ Sauce to coat the jackfruit and I suggest serving the jackfruit on a plant-based bun, with cabbage.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches


  • Young Green Jackfruit: you can find jackfruit canned. Be sure to buy the jackfruit in brine, not in syrup.
  • Plant-Based BBQ Sauce: I recommend my homemade plant-based BBQ sauce, but you can use a store-bought sauce if you want.
  • Red Cabbage: you could also use green cabbage or coleslaw. Or just omit the cabbage entirely.
  • Burger Buns

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches Ingredients

How to make Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Step 1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit. Shred/slice into strips.

Step 2. Add the jackfruit and BBQ sauce to a medium saucepan. Cover and let cook 5-10 minutes, until the jackfruit is warm.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches Steps 1 & 2

Step 3. Serve the jackfruit on a bun along with the chopped red cabbage. Enjoy!

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches Step 3

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for unique foods that allow us to eat healthy. We are grateful for the diversity of your creation. Amen.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

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Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches are the plant-based equivalent of pulled pork. Jackfruit mimics pork and is covered in a smoky, sweet barbecue sauce.















  • 1 20 Ounce Can Young Green Jackfruit in Brine
  • 1 Recipe Plant-Based BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 Head Red Cabbage, chopped
  • 4 Plant-Based Buns, gluten-free if necessary


  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit. Shred/slice into strips.
  2. Add the jackfruit and BBQ sauce to a medium saucepan. Cover and let cook 5-10 minutes, until the jackfruit is warm.
  3. Serve the jackfruit on a bun along with the chopped red cabbage. Enjoy!
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April 28, 2022
Jean Mastin
Elizabeth: Thank you so much for making my meal times wonderful again. I am 86 yrs plus, and was finding eating dull and dreary. Now it is " scrum delicious time to eat". . Blessings de Jean
Hi Jean - Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you are enjoying my recipes. Please let me know if you ever have recipe requests or if there's anything else I can do to keep your meals delicious!
April 9, 2022
Can you leave nutritional info for your recipes? Serving size/calories would be so helpful! Trying mushroom lentil stew tonight! and looking forward to crispy chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes very soon. Thanks for creating healthy, attractive recipes!
Hi Katie - so excited to hear that you are trying some of my recipes! I'd love to hear how they go. I haven't posted nutritional information for my recipes because I know it can be difficult for some people with disordered eating to see nutrition facts. I've gotten a lot of requests to add them recently, so I'm working on a solution that can provide information for those who want it but not be triggering for others. In the meantime, if you're curious about the nutrient info about a particular recipe, I recommend using Cronometer. It's a website/app to track and understand nutrient info and I think it does a great job of emphasizing all the nutrients (not just macros). I hope this helps! Please let me know if I can help in any other way.
April 9, 2022
U mentioned date sugar on this recipe but it’s not in the instructions. I know u add it but just in case u wanna add to instructions. Love ur recipes! Thank u. I’m thinking of going to vegan a little nervous tho lol
Hi Vickey - thanks so much for catching that! I am updating the post now. So happy to hear you enjoy my recipes. And exciting that you are thinking about going vegan!! If there's anything that I can do to help, please let me know.
March 28, 2022
Sr Maureen Egan
I'd love to try this soup. What are the nutritional values, like how much fat does it contain, carbs, etc.
Hi Sr Maureen - I usually don't post macronutrient information because I know each person has their own goals and I don't want to encourage or discourage anyone's specific goals. But I often use Cronometer as a tool to understand the nutritional profile of my recipes. I plugged the ingredient information for this recipe into Cronometer and got the following nutrient information per serving: 521 calories, 44g fat, 23g carbs, 16g protein. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions and if you try the recipe!
March 26, 2022
Margareta Ahle
This curry is absolutely delicious.
Thank you so much! It's one of my favorites :)
March 23, 2022
Martha maloney
Thank you I have been doing the fruit and oatmeal, etc for years and I love it. I will try the pears. I refrigerate my left over oatmeal and with a touch of milk or fruit juice liquid it’s fine the next day. Just a warning about tofu; it interferes with some medicines especially Thyroid medicine. Thank you for the short prayers, there are lovely.
Hi Martha - thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you like the prayers! As someone who doesn't take any medications I have no issues with eating tofu and encouraging others to eat it too (it's a great source of protein!). That said, you should always consult with your doctor about possible interactions with medications. I have plenty of recipes without tofu, so hopefully you can find things that work for you!
March 3, 2022
Susan Cunningham
I made this for Ash Wednesday and it was delicious. It was also simple and not much work time once the mushrooms and onions were cut.
Hi Susan - I'm so glad you liked it!
March 1, 2022
When you say shape into a rectangular loaf, what dimensions? 1/2 thick by 8 inches long or?
My loaf was about 7" long and 4" wide with about 1" of height. Then I sliced it 1/2" thick along the long end to get 12ish biscotti. I will clarify this in the post! Let me know if this makes sense and if you have any other questions.
January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography