Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

Meet your new summer staple for cook-outs & parties. This BBQ Jackfruit Pulled Pork is delicious on a bun with a big juicy slice of pineapple.

Meet jackfruit: the BEST vegan pulled pork alternative! These Easy Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches are your new summer staple for cook-outs & parties.

Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

It’s about TIME I got a BBQ jackfruit recipe up on the blog. I feel like I’m not a true veghead without one. Forgive me?

Jackfruit came into the mainstream when everyone was like, WAIT HOLD UP, we can make vegan BBQ sandwiches out of this shiz! It can be a bit challenging to find it fresh, but thank goodness you can pretty easily find cans of the oh-so-versatile green jackfruit. Let’s keep this love of jackfruit going strong because my love ain’t dying down anytime soon. BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwiches now, jackfruit pizza/stir fry/bowls/everything else later.

A shredded bbq jackfruit sandwich served on a pretzel bun with lettuce and pineapple

What is Jackfruit?

If you’ve never heard of jackfruit, what rock have you been hiding under?! Kidding, kidding. For reals, let me fill you in: jackfruit is a type of tree that grows natively in parts of South Asia and produces the largest tree-borne fruit of any plant. Some jackfruits can get up to 80 pounds! That’s a lot of BBQ jackfruit sandwiches. 😉

Jackfruit is *magical* because when you cook the fleshy insides (sorry for that description), it very deceptively resembles pulled pork in texture. You can use the shreds in a variety of ways, such as jackfruit pulled pork sandwiches of course, but also seasoned on top of pizza, in bowls, in tacos, and so much more. Isn’t it amazing what plants can do? GO PLANTS.

A strainer filled with drained raw canned jackfruit

Ingredients for Jackfruit Pulled Pork

The jackfruit and the BBQ sauce are the stars of our vegan pulled pork and do a lot of the heavy lifting, so the rest of the recipe is pretty simple and made with ingredients you probably already have!

  • Jackfruit. This recipe calls for 2 20-ounce cans green jackfruit in water. Most recipes will prompt you to remove the core as it doesn’t shred, which you can totally do if you choose. But it’s just as meaty and totally edible so to me it’s wasteful to cut it out just because it doesn’t shred, so I vote keep it!
  • Onion. We’re using one whole diced yellow onion in this BBQ jackfruit recipe. Sweating the onion as the base of our jackfruit pulled pork adds some of the sweetness you’re looking for in a delicious BBQ recipe without adding sugar.
  • Garlic. All good recipes start with garlic, and this BBQ pulled jackfruit is no exception!
  • BBQ sauce. I used my homemade BBQ Sauce recipe, but you can totally use your favorite bottle of store-bought BBQ sauce in your jackfruit pulled pork
  • Smoked paprika. For a bit of smoky goodness.
  • Garlic and onion powder. While we do already have fresh garlic and onion, the powders add that boost of umami to our vegan pulled pork.
  • Liquid smoke. If you don’t have it you can leave it out, but this totally adds that summertime backyard barbecue flavor to our BBQ jackfruit.
  • Salt and pepper. Of course!

A pan of shredded bbq jackfruit being stirred with a wooden spoon

How to Make BBQ Jackfruit

This recipe comes together pretty easily and pretty quickly. Simply sweat the onions and garlic, then cook and shred the jackfruit, top with BBQ sauce and seasonings, and then pile it onto a hamburger bun with allllll the toppings! Done!

As far as toppings go, I went with homegrown lettuce, avocado, vegan ranch, and grilled pineapple on a pretzel bun, but you can totally make it your own! Other great toppings could be coleslaw, fresh tomato slices, pickles, shredded carrots or fresh red onion.

I swear you’ll want to make these for every summer cook-out this year! Serve them to vegans and meat-eaters alike, lay out all your toppings, let everyone build their own BBQ jackfruit sandwich and watch everyone’s faces light up with amazement. Then drive to your nearest Trader Joe’s (or log on to Amazon) and buy 2394789 cans of jackfruit!

A vegan pulled pork sandwich served on a pretzel bun with pineapple and lettuce

More Jackfruit Recipes

I can’t get enough of the shreddy goodness that is jackfruit. It’s the perfect go-to for vegan-friendly summer barbecues. If you’re looking for more delicious jackfruit recipes, check out one of these:


How to make:

Easy Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

Meet your new summer staple for cook-outs & parties. This BBQ Jackfruit Pulled Pork is delicious on a bun with a big juicy slice of pineapple.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
vegan pulled pork sandwiches served on a pretzel bun with a slice of pineapple
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Rating: 4.4 from 10 reviews


  • 2 20-ounce cans green jackfruit in water*
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce of choice**
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 whole-wheat hamburger buns (or gluten-free, if necessary)
  • Optional toppings: lettuce, grilled pineapple, vegan ranch, cabbage slaw, avocado


  1. Drain and rinse jackfruit.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, heat a little water or oil. Add onion; cook for 5-7 minutes, until tender. Add garlic; cook for another minute.
  3. Add the jackfruit, BBQ sauce, and 1/2 cup water. Stir and cover; turn heat down to medium-low. Cook for 15 minutes, then stir again, adding more water if needed. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes.
  4. Using a potato masher or a fork, shred the jackfruit until it resembles pulled pork. Add smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, liquid smoke, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Add more BBQ sauce if desired.
  5. Dress hamburger buns however you want with optional toppings and BBQ jackfruit.


*Most recipe will call for the core to be cut off and discarded, but I think that’s a waste. It won’t shred like the other pieces, but it still cooks and tastes just as “meaty.” I say, go for it!
**I used my homemade BBQ sauce recipe, but you could also use your favorite store bought sauce


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