BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich

jackfruit pulled pork sandwich
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins

Jackfruit is a tropical fruit rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. When unripe, it shreds well and makes a great neutral canvas for other flavors. Marinated in our homemade BBQ sauce, jackfruit takes on a braised meat-like quality that's similar to pulled pork.


BBQ Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil

  • ½ large yellow onion, finely diced (1 cup)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (from 2 to 3 cloves)

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • 2 (10-ounce) jars or packs plain young jackfruit, rinsed and well drained

  • 8 potato sandwich buns, preferably Martin's

  • Shredded iceberg lettuce and mayonnaise, for serving

  • Potato chips, for serving (optional)


  1. BBQ Sauce:

    In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add onions and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, until onions are softened and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute more. Stir in ketchup, Dijon, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, and paprika. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  2. Sandwich:

    Remove any large knobby pieces from jackfruit and discard. Pour BBQ sauce over jackfruit and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and preferably overnight. To serve, heat jackfruit in a saucepan or microwave. Heat buns, cut-side down, in a dry cast-iron grill or skillet over medium-high until toasted, about 2 minutes. Spread buns with mayonnaise and top with jackfruit and lettuce. Serve, with chips alongside if desired.

Cook's Notes

We like Chaokoh Young Green Jackfruit in Brine and Upton's Naturals Original Jackfruit, which both have a lighter color and milder flavor.


To make this recipe vegan, swap out the Worcestershire for low-sodium soy sauce, and use vegan mayonnaise, such as Sir Kensington's Fabanaise, and vegan buns.

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