Jackfruit Barbeque or BBQ (faux pulled pork)

Have you cooked with jackfruit yet?  If not, this recipe could be the one to convince you to give it a try!  Jackfruit is inexpensive, readily available at Asian markets and is the best minimally-processed meat replacement I’ve tried.  It’s so meat-like it fools carnivores.

One of my favorite restaurants in the KC area is FuD.  I love what they are doing with jackfruit, but can’t eat there as often as I would like.  When I have a craving for their version of pulled pork created with jackfruit, here’s what I make at home.

jackfruit bbq sandwich from In Johnna's Kitchen

Pulled “Pork” Jackfruit
2-20 ounce cans jackfruit, in water (not brine), look for cans labeled “Young Green Jackfruit” (20 oz. packed in water, 10 oz. after drained)

2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (my current favorite is this.  Yes, it has coffee in it! This sauce from Organicville also works well and has no refined sugar.)

2 cloves minced garlic
1 small red onion, diced

Place drained jackfruit in crockpot. Do not chop or cut the pieces up, leave it in the wedges. Add garlic and onion. Stir in BBQ sauce.  Cook for 3 to 4 hours on high.  Using two forks, shred.  You will notice some seed-like pieces.  You may choose to pick those out, chop them up or simply leave them as they are.  I leave them whole.

Jackfruit has a slightly vinegar-y taste.  Keep this in mind when choosing your BBQ sauce.  A North Carolina style BBQ sauce  may not be the best pairing with jackfruit.

I tried this recipe with fresh jackfruit.  Fresh jackfruit was expensive ($2 a pound) and there was a lot of waste.  I bought a 12 pound jackfruit, which is small, and more than half of it was the outer peel and waste.  The fresh did not cook up as well as the canned.  I ended up with a very mushy mixture, it did not shred as well as the canned.  It was terrific, though, to taste fresh jackfruit.  It does taste a bit like Juicy Fruit gum.

I served this on one of the yummy new hamburger buns from Udi’s Gluten Free with a side of baked sweet potato fries.  I’ve been using Frontier’s Bombay Veggie seasoning on sweet potatoes lately and really like it.  I hope you will, too!

Jackfruit BBQ from In Johnna's Kitchen



    • says

      I hope you find it! I like the Aroy-D brand, but have eaten several brands and all worked fine. I stocked up this week now that I've got a taco recipe for it, too!

  1. Susan says

    I am so thrilled to find meat substitute because I have a very hard time digesting them. But I still love the flavor and texture! Thanks so much for posting these great recipes!

    • says

      Hi Courtney! Thanks very much for your question. The size of my serving and your serving might be drastically different. If I make sandwiches with this (as opposed to pizza or quesadillas, which I also use this for), I would estimate approximately 8 mid-sized sandwiches. I hope that’s helpful? And thank you again for your question!


  1. […] Faux Pulled Pork (aka Jackfruit Barbecue) from Johnna over at In Johnna’s Kitchen—This is one of those recipes that you have to make and sample to believe! Young Green Jackfruit purchased from your local Asian or international market is the star of this recipe. It’s sort of a star in disguise though as once it’s combined with the barbecue mixture, slow cooked for several hours, and shredded, it’s a dead ringer for the classic barbecue. Serve on your favorite gluten-free vegan bun; your guests will love you! Faux Pulled Pork from In Johnna’s Kitchen […]

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