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This vegan pulled BBQ Jackfruit pizza is healthy, satisfying, and also so easy to make! In addition, easily made gluten-free, quick, and made from pulled jackfruit.
This vegan barbecue pizza is smoky, tender, delicious, and also perfect for dipping in vegan ranch and topping with vegan parmesan cheese! You can also serve it with coleslaw for a perfect summer meal.
I love using it in my recipes like jackfruit stew, vegan chicken noodle soup, BBQ sandwiches, jackfruit tacos, and burrito bowls because it is so easy to make. Since it is the perfect meat replacement, you can find so many ways to use it.
But, before we jump into the recipe, let's talk about how you can customize it and learn some tips.
What is Jackfruit
It is a very large and prickly fruit that grows on a tropical tree so it is most common in Asian cuisines. It is also increasingly being used as a vegan and vegetarian substitute for meat.
But if you buy it in brine, make sure to rinse or even soak in water to get rid of the brine taste before cooking it. Very important to mention that you do not want to use the cans that are in syrup because that will make the recipe too sweet.
How to Make Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Pizza
This recipe makes 1 pizza so we will be using 1 (20 ounces) can or 1 ½ (14 ounces) cans. You can double the recipe if you want to make 2 pizzas.
You can use your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe so use whatever you like best. Make sure that it is good quality and doesn't have unnecessary additives and sugar.
Garlic powder gives that garlicky taste but you don't have to worry about garlic burning while cooking it. We will be coating the jackfruit before cooking it so we can enhance the flavor.
Smoked paprika is my favorite spice because it gives an amazing smoky flavor. It works great in this recipe so I don't recommend omitting it.
Maple Syrup (optional)
Adding just a touch of maple syrup makes this pulled jackfruit sweet. But you can omit it if you think the BBQ sauce you are using is already sweet.
A splash of liquid smoke is a great way to add a smoky flavor to any dish. This also makes the BBQ pizza taste like it was grilled on a barbecue.
Oil & Salt
I like using store-bought gluten-free pizza dough but you can use regular if you want. You can also use homemade dough or cauliflower crust.
Topping it with red onion, jalapeno, pineapple, vegan cheese works great with pulled jackfruit. But you can use whatever vegetables you like such as bell peppers, mushrooms or corn. For serving, you can sprinkle vegan parmesan cheese!
How to Make Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Pizza
- First, we will prep the jackfruit so rinse, drain and dry it to start. You can chop it into small pieces but my favorite way is to pull it apart for that "pulled" texture. You can also chop the seeds small instead of discarding them. And then, add the garlic powder, smoked paprika, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and salt into the bowl with jackfruit and combine.
- Next, we will be cooking the seasoned jackfruit on medium heat for a few minutes while stirring frequently so it doesn't stick to the pan. And then, add the barbecue sauce to the pan and cover, cook on low heat for 20 minutes. If the barbecue sauce is too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin it out.
- Now, you can uncover the pan and then raise the heat to medium and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes stirring it around, remove from the heat.
- Place the dough on a flat surface and then add some barbeque sauce to cover. Now, add the vegan cheese, pulled jackfruit, red onions, jalapeno slices, and jalapeno slices and then bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 425 F until the dough is golden brown. Slice and serve.
- You can chop the jackfruit pieces as big or small as you want.
- If you are using a can that is in brine, I highly recommend soaking it in water for a few hours to get rid of the brine taste. You can prep it first by using your hand or chopping and then soaking it in water. Don't forget to drain and rinse again before cooking it.
- To make them spicy, you can add cayenne or crushed red peppers.
- If you want less spicy, omit jalapeno slices.
- Always adjust to taste, add more salt if needed.
How to store pulled BBQ Jackfruit pizza
You can store the leftovers in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 to 4 days and then reheat it in the oven until warm.
How to Serve it
You can make it into a meal by serving these with some side dishes such as:
- Cucumber tomato onion salad for a healthy pairing
- Vegan potato salad or baked beans for a hearty meal
- Vegan Mac and Cheese for a cheesy addition
- Roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes on the side!
This vegan BBQ jackfruit pizza is very easy and quick to make. It is also:
- Gluten-free & soy-free
- Healthy & Filling
- Also so delicious!
More healthy plant-based recipes to try
- PAD THAI (EASY & HEALTHY)
- EASY FALAFEL BOWL (GLUTEN-FREE)
- THAI PEANUT NOODLES
- PASTA SALAD (EASY & QUICK)
- LENTIL BOLOGNESE
- BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER WINGS
- SMASHED CHICKPEA SALAD SANDWICH
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This vegan pulled BBQ Jackfruit pizza is healthy, satisfying, and so easy to make! Easily made gluten-free, quick, and made from pulled jackfruit.
- 1 (20 oz) or 1 and ½ (14 oz) can young green jackfruit in water (NOT in syrup)
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup (sub for another sweetener of choice)
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Pinch salt
- ¼ tsp liquid smoke
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce
- 3 to 4 tbs water to thin the sauce
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce
- ¼ small red onion (sliced)
- 1 jalapeno (sliced)
- ½ cup pineapple (sliced)
- ½ cup vegan cheese
- 1 pizza dough (gluten-free if preferred)
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Rinse, drain, and dry the canned jackfruit. Using your hands to pull it apart or chop it and then add it in a bowl. Add the garlic powder, smoked paprika, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and salt into the bowl with jackfruit and combine.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the oil and seasoned jackfruit. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes stirring frequently.
- Add the ¼ cup barbecue sauce to the pan, mix it and cover. Lower the heat and cook on low heat for 20 minutes. If the barbecue sauce is too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin it out.
- Uncover the pan, raise the heat to medium and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes stirring around. Remove from the heat.
- Place the pizza dough on a flat surface and spread a thin layer of ¼ cup BBQ sauce. Sprinkle cheese on top and add the BBQ jackfruit. Evenly distribute the onion, jalapeno and pineapple slices.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until the dough is golden brown. Slice and serve immediately. Optional: add vegan parmesan cheese.
Chop the jackfruit pieces as big or small as you want.
If you are using jackfruit in brine, I highly recommend soaking the pulled or chopped jackfruit in water for a few hours to get rid of the brine taste. Don’t forget to drain and rinse again before cooking it
To make them spicy, you can add cayenne or crushed red peppers.
If you want less spicy, omit jalapeno slices.
Always adjust to taste, add more salt if needed.
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 329
- Sugar: 37.7g
- Sodium: 565.5mg
- Fat: 4.5g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 68.7g
- Fiber: 3.1g
- Protein: 5.9g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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