Here’s how to make plant-based BBQ with shredded jackfruit! These BBQ jackfruit sandwiches are loaded with BBQ flavor and so easy to make. Plus they looks and taste like the real deal!
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!
What is Jackfruit?
If you want the full breakdown check out this jackfruit 101 post to learn more about this awesome fruit that is making waves in the plant-based food space! I’ll give you the cliff notes here:
Jackfruit is super sweet when it’s ripe but when it’s unripe it has a mild flavor that takes on the flavors of the dish.
The texture of jackfruit is similar to shredded meat which makes it a great plant-based meat alternative.
It’s low in calories but high in antioxidants, fiber, potassium and vitamin C. It doesn’t have a lot of protein so be sure to pair it with higher protein foods for a full meal.
You'll find pre-packed jackfruit either near the tofu and tempeh in a cooler by the produce or in a can near other canned goods.
Here’s What You Need:
jackfruit – get 1 can of green/unripe jackfruit that is packed in water.
olive or avocado oil – to sauté the onion and garlic in.
vegetables – onion and garlic to add a delicious savory flavor base!
seasonings and spices – paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, sea salt and pepper.
I love this recipe because it’s layered with flavor! You start by sautéing the onion and garlic. Then you add the jackfruit along with the spices – it’s almost like a dry rub base! Lastly, you’ll mix in the BBQ sauce and you’ve got flavor on flavor on flavor!
Serving & Storage Suggestions
I love eating this on a bun like a pulled pork sandwich! Highly recommend topping it with coleslaw and pickled onions. This would also be delicious as BBQ tacos or wraps. You can’t go wrong!
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. I wouldn’t recommend freezing as the texture would change when frozen and thawed.
Drain jackfruit and break apart pieces by hand until shredded.
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.
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.
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.