Toasted buns piled high with bbq jackfruit and cole slaw

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sliders

There’s no better way to celebrate summer fun and food than by having a huge cookout with your family, friends, and favorite people. Going meatless at an event like this usually means bringing your own food to add to the feast. Instead of bringing a box of frozen veggie burger patties, test out this amazing recipe and bring a batch of BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sliders. They are sure to satisfy the tastebuds of even the biggest carnivore at the party!

Be sure to pile the jackfruit high with some Classic Vegan Coleslaw.

 

Health Benefits of Jackfruit

Jackfruit provides so many amazing health benefits including:

  • Antioxidants
  • Dietary fiber
  • B vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium.
Nutrition facts for BBQ Pulled Jackfruit, showing 83 calories, 0g fat, 20g carbs, and 1g protein per serving

Which type of jackfruit should you buy?

When you go to a grocery store to find jackfruit, you will come across it in two forms: the fresh, ripened version that is sold whole or in cuts, or the unripened canned version. Unripe jackfruit is best used in cooking, as it offers a bland base for meat-like dishes. Canned unripe jackfruit is the absolute perfect base for these BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sliders.

Slow Cooker vs. Stove Top

This cooking preparation for BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sliders uses a slow cooker, since it’s a great way to let the jackfruit absorb the sauce flavors. 

I finished it in the oven for faster flavor absorption and did a quick broil to dry out the jackfruit and really get a “pulled pork-like” chewy texture. 

If you don’t have a slow cooker or instant pot, feel free to use a large pot and follow the same cooking method. Simply simmer the ingredients together on low heat for an hour (or more). Most of the liquid should be absorbed so you’re able to tear the jackfruit chunks into pork-like shreds.

Toasted buns piled with bbq jackfruit and cole slaw, served with purple sweet potato fries

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BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sliders

When unripe jackfruit is slow simmered in a flavorful sauce, it perfectly imitates the texture of pulled pork and pairs perfectly with coleslaw when piled high on a toasted bun!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Plant Based, Vegan
Keyword: BBQ Pulled Pork, Jackfruit, Pulled Jackfruit, Slow Cooker
Servings: 10 People
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Maya Howard

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

For BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

  • 3 Cans Green Jackfruit in brine Do not use ripe or canned jackfruit in syrup, it's too sweet for this recipe.
  • 1 Bottle Spicy or Smoky BBQ Sauce Do not use a sweet or honey-bbq version.
  • 1 Large White Onion Sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1-2 Tsp Black Pepper Season to taste preference
  • ¼-½ Cup Bourbon Optional, but I personally like the flavor the bourbon adds to the BBQ sauce. Start with ¼ Cup, then taste to see if you’d prefer more.

For Sliders

  • Mini-Burger Buns
  • Cole Slaw

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Try to get all jackfruit chunks submerged in the bbq sauce. Add about 1/2 cup of water if you need additional liquid to cover. Add more water if you are not including bourbon.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours, stirring the mixture once every hour. In the last hour, use a fork or spatula to gently break up the jackfruit chunks into shreds. This is when you will really see the pulled “pork” texture forming.
  • Continue to cook the jackfruit in the slow cooker until most of the liquid is absorbed OR spread the mixture onto a baking sheet. Broil on low or high, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the jackfruit darkens in color, about 10-15 min. Be attentive not to burn the jackfruit. This step was a bit tedious but the result was very much worth it!
  • Enjoy the jackfruit as is or pile it high along with a creamy coleslaw onto a toasted bun.
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