This spicy BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich is the ideal mouthwatering comfort food! Made with homemade BBQ seasoning and an easy BBQ sauce, you'd never know it's jackfruit.
This vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich is one of my favorite recipes on the blog. I made it with homemade chipotle BBQ seasoning and a quick and easy BBQ sauce.
My BBQ Seasoning really is what makes this BBQ jackfruit recipe. It's made with brown sugar, chipotle powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dry mustard powder, and salt and pepper.
Another BBQ recipe is my BBQ Tofu. It is incredibly easy with not much prep time before baking it.
What Does BBQ Jackfruit Taste Like?
If you haven't tried jackfruit yet, you've come to the right place. This BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich is one of the best ways to eat jackfruit in my opinion.
Young jackfruit has a mild flavor, so it's like a blank canvas. It soaks up the flavors you pair with it. Here, the jackfruit takes on the flavors of the BBQ seasoning and sauce.
It's the perfect substitute for pulled pork because it can easily be pulled apart and has a similar texture. It also tastes great in Vegan Jackfruit Enchiladas.
- Olive oil: To cook the jackfruit mixture. You could use any neutral high-heat oil.
- Onion: Adds a sweet pungent flavor.
- Garlic: Adds a pungent flavor.
- Jackfruit: Has a similar texture to pulled pork. I used canned young green jackfruit.
- BBQ seasoning: I used a homemade BBQ seasoning that is sweet and spicy. Use your favorite.
- BBQ sauce: I used a homemade 4 ingredient sriracha BBQ sauce. Use your favorite.
- Salt and pepper: Enhances flavors and adds flavors.
To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
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Drain and rinse jackfruit. Place in a bowl. Shred jackfruit with two forks or your hands. Add BBQ seasoning and mix well until the jackfruit is fully coated.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add chopped onion. Cook until translucent.
Add garlic. Cook 30 seconds. Add seasoned pulled jackfruit. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add Sriracha BBQ Sauce and water. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, until liquid is cooked down and jackfruit is tender.
Assemble sandwiches with avocado, pineapple, cilantro, or coleslaw, and more Sriracha BBQ Sauce if desired.
This recipe will last 5-7 days in an airtight container in the fridge. I suggest making sandwiches right before serving.
- You may want to use a different BBQ seasoning, but I would try this one first. It is the star of the BBQ jackfruit!
- The BBQ sauce is good as well, but if you need to cut a corner for time, I would sacrifice the BBQ sauce before the BBQ seasoning.
- Adding water and BBQ sauce to the jackfruit allows the jackfruit to soak up the flavors as the water cooks down.
- You don't really need more sriracha BBQ sauce when you assemble the sandwiches in my opinion, unless you want to add more spice.
- I've included avocado, pineapple, and cilantro to go on the sandwiches because I love the combination of sweet and spicy. It also makes it easier than making coleslaw, which adds an extra step. These ingredients also help cool the spicy flavors of the BBQ jackfruit.
What Type of Jackfruit Should I Use?
For this recipe, you'll need young green jackfruit. I used canned jackfruit in brine. If you get jackfruit in brine like I did, you'll need to thoroughly rinse it.
Any of these would work well:
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich
- Place jackfruit in a bowl. Pull apart jackfruit with your hands or two forks.
- Add BBQ seasoning. Mix well. Set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add onions. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic. Cook 30 seconds.
- Add BBQ seasoned jackfruit. Cook about 5 minutes.
- Add sriracha BBQ sauce and water. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the water is cooked down and the jackfruit is tender.
- Assemble sandwiches with BBQ jackfruit, sliced avocado, pineapple, cilantro, or coleslaw.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.