Jackfruit Pulled Pork Vegan BBQ Sandwiches

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The most flavorful jackfruit pulled pork vegan bbq sandwiches! It’s all about this easy gluten-free sauce and slow cooking this meatless pulled pork for the most tender rich flavors! Served in tacos, sandwiches or by itself with a side of delicious crunchy coleslaw or cucumber salad! Recipe includes stovetop or slow cooker methods of cooking.

vegan jackfruit pulled pork bbq sandwich

Jackfruit: a fruit

Jackfruit is a large fruit and commonly used as a “meat substitute” in vegan recipes. The fruit is great to use in place of protein in vegan pulled pork, smoothies, and shakes and comes in stores as fresh fruit or in cans. At first glance, this large fruit looks leathery prickly and bumpy. Jackfruit is a very large edible fruit of the jackfruit tree from South and Southeast Asia. In Bangladesh jackfruit is served in many ways. Jackfruit curry, stir fry, juice, chips, ice cream, milkshakes, and even baking flour are just a few of this miracle fruit’s remarkable ways it can be used. It can be dried, fried, slow cooked into BBQ pulled pork or go ahead and grill it!

Fresh vs. young

There are two version of finding jackfruit in stores. Either fresh or canned. Fresh jackfruit is ripe and has a sweeter taste that is perfect for baked goods, smoothies and milkshakes. The canned version is young jackfruit and is less sweet, making it wonderful to use in savory dishes such as vegan pulled pork.

Crockpot or Stovetop Vegan Jackfruit Pulled Pork

Health benefits of jackfruit

Jackfruits benefits are that they are rich in dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. It is high in vitamin C, vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. It is also a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron. Potassium is good for controlling heart rate and blood pressure. One bulb of jackfruit contains only about 95 calories with no trace of saturated fats or cholesterol, making it one of the healthiest treats to enjoy! Check out this post on cutting a fresh jackfruit.

Why this vegan meat recipe works

Jackfruit pulled pork is delicious in flavor, although, it is bland but picks up the flavors of whatever sauce and other ingredients it is mixed in, like this gluten-free bbq sauce. It also has a shredded texture that resembles pulled pork.

I made this recipe previously using chicken in my Crockpot BBQ Chicken Recipe, and decided to use the same recipe replacing chicken for jackfruit. There are a couple of meatless options that can be substituted in a BBQ pulled pork recipe. Two alternatives are jackfruit and mushrooms. Sounds strange, I know, but both can be shredded and turn into a tender meat-like consistency when slowly cooked in the crock pot.

What goes into this recipe

The ingredients look lengthy, but they are for the gluten-free bbq sauce used. You can also use a barbecue sauce that is already prepared. I promise it is worth all the flavor in these vegan BBQ pulled pork sandwiches!

young green canned jackfruit

How to make barbecue pulled pork sandwiches with jackfruit

young jackfruit with gluten free barbeque sauce ingredients in a slow cooker to make vegan jackfruit pulled pork

Stovetop: Add jackfruit pulled pork ingredients (first 17 ingredients) to large pot. Cover and bring to a boil then turn to heat down to simmer for 45 minutes. With a fork twist and pull the jackfruit apart to shred it. Optional to add the olive oil in.

Slow Cooker: Add jackfruit pulled pork ingredients (first 17 ingredients) to a slow cooker. Cook on high 4-6 hours. With a fork, twist to pull jackfruit into shreds. Optional to add fresh olive oil and mix in.

vegan jackfruit pulled pork in the slow cooker

Coleslaw: In a small bowl stir together green and purple cabbage, carrots and vegan mayonnaise until combined.

Assembling Sandwiches: Toast 8 gluten-free hamburger rolls. Lay them open faced. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, scoop the jackfruit pulled pork, draining extra juices, and add it on top of 8 slices of the buns. Top with coleslaw. Put roll top on and serve!

vegan pulled pork sandwich in gluten free bbq sauce

Tips for making pulled pork with jackfruit

If not using canned fruit, remove the skin and slice the whole fruit into a crock pot, or see this post explaining how to cut jackfruit for recipes. We use about 7-8 cups of the fruit or 4 cans. I had a hard time finding canned jackfruit at local grocery stores so I bought online a 6 pack of canned young green jackfruit in water.

Faqs

Does jackfruit taste like pulled pork?

Fresh jackfruit has more of a mango, banana, pineapple tropical flavor. Young jackfruit, typically found in a can has a bland taste that takes the flavor of the sauce or marinade it is mixed in and has a shredded consistency that resembles pulled pork and tastes like it when cooked. Though both young and ripe can be used for jackfruit pulled pork.

What part of the jackfruit do you use for pulled pork?

Jackfruit consists of the “pods” and seeds. Take the jackfruit pod, and pull it open and remove the seed with its “casing”. Remove the seed from its casing and place the seed in a container to save and discard the casing. Use the pods for pulled pork (the part that shreds when broken apart using hands).

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Jackfruit Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwhich with Coleslaw

The most flavorful jackfruit pulled pork vegan bbq sandwiches! It’s all about this easy gluten-free sauce and slow cooking this meatless pulled pork for the most tender rich flavors! Served in tacos, sandwiches or by itself with a side of delicious crunchy coleslaw or cucumber salad! 
Course Main, Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 357kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

Jackfruit Pulled Pork

Cabbage Slaw

  • ½ cup green cabbage shredded
  • ½ cup purple cabbage shredded
  • ¼ cup carrots shredded
  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 8 gluten free hamburger buns

Instructions

Stove Top

  • Add jackfruit pulled pork ingredients (first 17 ingredients) to large pot. Cover and bring to a boil then turn to heat down to simmer for 45 minutes. With a fork twist and pull the jackfruit apart to shred it. Optional to add the olive oil in.

Slow Cooker

  • Add jackfruit pulled pork ingredients (first 17 ingredients) to a slow cooker. Cook on high 4-6 hours.
  • With a fork, twist to pull jackfruit into shreds. Optional to add fresh olive oil and mix in.

Cabbage Slaw

  • In a small bowl stir together green and purple cabbage, carrots and mayonnaise until combined.

Assemble Sandwiches

  • Toast 8 gluten-free hamburger rolls. Lay them open faced. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, scoop the jackfruit pulled pork, draining extra juices, and add it on top of 8 slices of the buns. Top with coleslaw. Put roll top on and serve!

Notes

Notes 1: What part of the jackfruit do you use for pulled pork?

Jackfruit consists of the “pods” and seeds. Take the jackfruit pod, and pull it open and remove the seed with its “casing”. Remove the seed from its casing and place the seed in a container to save and discard the casing. Use the pods for pulled pork (the part that shreds when broken apart using hands).

Notes 2: Using canned or fresh fruit.

If not using canned fruit, remove the skin and slice the whole fruit into a crock pot, or see this post explaining how to cut jackfruit for recipes. We use about 7-8 cups of the fruit or 4 cans. I had a hard time finding canned jackfruit at local grocery stores so I bought online a 6 pack of canned young green jackfruit in water.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1279mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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