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June 22, 2020

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches are the plant-based equivalent of pulled pork. Jackfruit mimics pork and is covered in a smoky, sweet barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Have you ever cooked with jackfruit before?

Honestly, I'm convinced that this fruit is one of the most versatile foods in a plant-based kitchen. You can use jackfruit to sub for meat, make it the star of a dish, or even use the ripe fruit for sweet recipes.

What is Jackfruit?

If you've never heard of it before, jackfruit is, as the name suggests, a fruit. It's in the same family as figs and mulberries.  

A whole jackfruit is actually pretty huge. It has a hard outer shell that takes a very sturdy knife to cut open. Don't worry though, you can buy it in a can, which makes cooking with it so much easier.

When ripe, jackfruit is super sweet. Dried ripe jackfruit and it tastes like candy!

When unripe, jackfruit is very mild in flavor. It will take on the flavor of the spices and sauces you use to flavor it.

Another cool thing about jackfruit is the texture. It is pretty tough so it mimics the texture of meat very easily. For example, I used it as a chicken substitute in my Jackfruit Lemon Quinoa Soup recipe.

We're going to do the same thing with these Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches. It's basically like plant-based pulled pork. When you cut the jackfruit into small pieces, it breaks apart just like shredded pork.

Besides jackfruit, there isn't too much else that goes into this recipe. We'll whip up a quick BBQ Sauce to coat the jackfruit and I suggest serving the jackfruit on a plant-based bun, with cabbage.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Ingredients

For the sandwiches themselves you'll just need jackfruit, barbecue sauce, and whatever toppings you'd like. I already posted my BBQ sauce recipe, but I'll go through it again here.

Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • Diced Tomatoes: Normally barbecue sauces have ketchup, but there is often added sugar in ketchup, so we'll stick with the whole food and build flavor with spices. AND to make it even easier, just buy canned tomatoes and you don't even have to chop them.
  • Date Syrup or Maple Syrup: It does help to have a little sweetness, so we'll use a healthy, plant-based sweetener. I prefer date syrup because it is made from fruit, but if you can't find date syrup or don't have any on hand, maple syrup is a relatively healthy option.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Vinegar adds a tang that barbecue sauce needs. You can also use white vinegar.
  • Mustard: Mustard also adds a necessary tang. I prefer Dijon mustard!
  • Liquid Smoke: Liquid smoke isn't vital to this recipe but let me tell you it makes it SO MUCH BETTER. It adds that smoky flavor that takes the barbecue sauce from good to great!
  • Paprika: This sweet spice perfectly complements the date syrup.
  • Cayenne: A hint of spice completes the sauce. If you prefer your barbecue sauce to be entirely sweet, you can omit the cayenne.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

How to make Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Step 1. Start by making the BBQ sauce. Add all the sauce ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth.

Step 2. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let simmer for 10-30 minutes. The sauce will thicken.

Step 3. While the barbecue sauce cooks, slice the jackfruit into thin strips.

Step 4. After the barbecue sauce has thickened, add the jackfruit to the saucepan with the sauce. Stir to coat. Cover and let cook an additional 5-10 minutes, until the jackfruit is warmed through.

Step 5. Serve the jackfruit on a bun along with the chopped red cabbage. Enjoy!

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for unique foods that allow us to eat healthy. We are grateful for the diversity of your creation. Amen.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

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Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches are the plant-based equivalent of pulled pork. Jackfruit mimics pork and is covered in a smoky, sweet barbecue sauce.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

4

Prep:

5

min

cook:

20

min

total:

25

min

Ingredients

Plant-Based Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 Cup Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Date Syrup or Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

  • 1 20 Ounce Can Young Green Jackfruit in Brine
  • 1/4 Head Red Cabbage, chopped
  • 4 Plant-Based Buns, gluten-free if necessary

Instructions

Plant-Based Barbecue Sauce

  1. Add all barbecue sauce ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let simmer for 10-30 minutes. The sauce will thicken.

Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

  1. While the barbecue sauce cooks, slice the jackfruit into thin strips.
  2. After the barbecue sauce has thickened, add the jackfruit to the saucepan with the sauce. Stir to coat. Cover and let cook an additional 5-10 minutes, until the jackfruit is warmed through.
  3. Serve the jackfruit on a bun along with the chopped red cabbage. Enjoy!

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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography