Looking for a plant-based shredded BBQ option? Look no further than BBQ jackfruit! It looks just like real deal shredded BBQ, it’s loaded with BBQ flavor and it’s so easy to make. Use as a meatless option in your favorite BBQ recipes! 

Bowl of BBQ jackfruit in a bowl, resting on a folded kitchen towel. A wood spoon is on the side of the bowl.

Remember my hearts of palm BBQ sandwiches I made? After posting that so many of you said you have used jackfruit to make bbq as well! I knew I had to dig into it more and give it a try. It’s texture is comparable to shredded meat, even more so than hearts of palm so it works great as a meat alternative.

To say I’m excited about sharing this BBQ jackfruit recipe would be a huge understatement. I have been brainstorming and working on developing this recipe for a couple months now and it’s finally here! If you’re unfamiliar with jackfruit, head over to my “What is Jackfruit” blog post to get the full scoop on this awesome fruit that is making waves in the plant-based food space.

Bowl of BBQ jackfruit in a bowl, resting on a folded kitchen towel.

I shared a sneak peek of the BBQ jackfruit on my Instagram stories last week and had so many replies. Sorry I made you all wait a few days… I promise it’s worth the wait.

If you try this bbq jackfruit be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turns out! You can also take a photo and tag me on Instagram @eatingbirdfood and #eatingbirdfood! Your feedback is super helpful for me and other EBF readers who are planning to try the recipe. 


BBQ Jackfruit

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2


This BBQ jackfruit looks just like real deal shredded BBQ and it’s loaded with BBQ flavor. Use as a meatless option in your favorite BBQ recipes! 


  • 1 14 oz can green/unripe jackfruit packed in water
  • 2 teaspoons olive or avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce (store-bought is fine)*


  1. Drain jackfruit and break apart pieces by hand until shredded.
  2. Heat a medium/large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons of oil. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper and stir occasionally so the garlic doesn’t burn.
  3. While onions and garlic are cooking, combine BBQ spices (paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and sea salt) in a small bowl.
  4. Add shredded jackfruit and spices into the skillet. Toss well to combine. Turn heat to low and let jackfruit cook for 1-2 minutes with the spices before adding BBQ sauce. Coat jackfruit in the sauce and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until jackfruit is warm throughout. Serve warm.


*For store-bought BBQ sauce I like Annie’s and Simple Girl.

  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 225
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: BBQ jackfruit, vegan, barbecue, jackfruit

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  1. So, based on what I read about Jackfruit online I decided to give it a try. It took me about 4 hours to cut it up and separate the edible part from the rest of it. There was about 2 lbs of edible fruit and about 20 lbs of waste. Then it took another hour to cook it and make the “pulled pork” barbecue. I’m not seeing how people think this tastes like pulled pork. the only thing even suggestive that this is pulled pork is the texture and the barbecue sauce. The flesh of this fruit is so stringy and fibrous that you cannot break down the fiber no matter how long you chew it. After chewing, chewing and chewing you finally have to just swallow the fiber that is not broken down or spit it out. This may be acceptable for people who are accustomed to swallowing their food only half chewed but it does not work for me. I would describe the taste as fruity. To me it definitely does NOT taste like pork or any other kind of meat. Even if I could get past that fibrous texture, it was WAY too much work to extract the fruit. I ended up throwing it away and getting my money back. This fruit was expensive.

    • Hi Ellen,
      I have made the same mistake myself. These recipes do work really well with jackfruit in a can (i get the brined and not sweet cans). This isn’t stringy either. We can buy for about a dollar a can here. It never really tastes like pork but i do find smoked paprika along with the suggested spices gives a yummy savoury mix i put in tacos.
      Hope that helps

  2. I love your spice mix! I make my jackfruit using your recipe, but after the pot I spread it on a parchment lined baking sheet and put it under the grill for 10-15 minutes (my grill isn’t super strong, keep checking to make sure your jackfruit doesn’t burn). That way you get some crispy and caramilised bits along with all the warm and gooey bits! Really finishes the recipe in my opinion. Serve with some coleslaw on flatbread or a buttered and toasted hamburgerbun….yum! Bon appetit!

    • Incredible!! I didn’t have an onion so I had to omit that but otherwise the spice mix was delicious. I ate both servings for dinner. 🤤🤤🤤

    • You’ve got the right idea… Also in addition I squeeze the water out as well. Much like vegetarian meats I like to dry then it in the oven and let them rehydrate in the sauce for improved texture.

  3. […] finally ready to cook it myself. I bought a Can the other day and I am going to try and make these BBQ Jackfruit Sliders this weekend. Have you cooked with or ate Jackfruit before? What did you think of it? I have been […]

  4. I saw a woman on instagram post a pic for this and I mistakenly thought it was jackfruit mixed with meat. I didn’t realize there was no meat at all!

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