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These vegan pulled BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches are healthy, satisfying, and also so easy to make! In addition, they are gluten-free, cooked in a pan, quick, and can be made into sliders.
This pulled BBQ jackfruit is smoky, tender, delicious, and also perfect for adding coleslaw and serving in a bun. You can use slider buns and serve them as an appetizer as well or make jackfruit pizza!
I love using it in my recipes like jackfruit stew, vegan chicken noodle soup, jackfruit tacos, vegan buffalo chicken dip and burrito bowls because it is so easy to make. Since it is the perfect meat replacement, this recipe is a perfect alternative to a traditional pulled pork sandwich.
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 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 Sandwiches
This recipe makes 2 sandwiches 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 more than 2 sandwiches.
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 sandwiches taste like it was grilled on a barbecue.
Oil & Salt
How to Make Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches
- 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 coleslaw on the bottom sandwich buns (gluten-free if preferred) and then top with a generous serving of pulled BBQ jackfruit. You can also add more barbecue sauce for serving if you want.
- 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.
- You can also make the coleslaw while the jackfruit is cooking.
- To make them spicy, you can add cayenne or crushed red peppers.
- Always adjust to taste, add more salt if needed.
How to store pulled BBQ Jackfruit
You can store the leftovers in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 to 4 days and then reheat it on the stovetop until warm. I don't recommend storing it with the coleslaw and bun since they will get soggy.
How to Serve them
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 classic twist
- Roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes on the side!
This vegan BBQ jackfruit sandwiches are very easy and quick. They are also:
- Hearty & Comforting
- 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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These vegan pulled BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches are healthy, satisfying, and so easy to make! They are gluten-free, cooked in a pan, quick, and can be made into sliders.
- 1 (20 oz) OR 1 + ½ (14 oz) can young green jackfruit in water (NOT in syrup)
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Pinch salt
- ¼ tsp liquid smoke
- ⅓ cup BBQ sauce
- 2 to 3 tbsp water (optional to thin the sauce)
- 2 servings of vegan coleslaw
- 2 buns (gluten-free if preferred)
- More BBQ sauce for topping
- 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 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 coleslaw on the bottom sandwich buns (gluten-free if preferred) and top with a generous serving of pulled BBQ jackfruit. Optional: add more barbecue sauce for serving.
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.
Make the coleslaw while jackfruit is cooking.
To make them spicy, you can add cayenne or crushed red peppers.
Always adjust to taste, add more salt if needed.
- Serving Size: 2
- Calories: 378
- Sugar: 63.3g
- Sodium: 636mg
- Fat: 8.6g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 77.3g
- Fiber: 4.1g
- Protein: 4.3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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