Are you looking for a vegan alternative to pulled pork? This recipe uses jackfruit: a large, spiky, fruit native to Asia. Jackfruit is popular in many vegan recipes because it resembles the consistency of pulled pork. You can purchase jackfruit at a local Asian grocery store or at Trader Joe's ($1.99 a can). Pulled jackfruit can also be a healthier alternative for people who are looking for a lower calorie option. 

I recommend serving this recipe either as a taco filling or on a sandwich. You can add vegan coleslaw, kimchi, or hot sauce to add new textures and flavors to the dish. I used Trader Joe's Organic Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce; it's 100% vegan and adds a spicy kick to the jackfruit. Although the recipe only requires 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce, feel free to add more! 

Vegan Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr
  • Total Time:1 hr 20 mins
  • Servings:3
  • Easy


  • 2 cans jackfruit drained and rinsed
  • 1 sm. yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 cup veggie stock
  • 2 tsp. olive oil for sautéing
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegan BBQ sauce
  • Salt/pepper to taste
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400° F. After rinsing the jackfruit, remove the inner core. The chunks should just have the fibrous exterior without the hard pith.

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  • Step 2

    In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.

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  • Step 3

    Add spices, salt/pepper, and jackfruit to skillet. Stir until combined.

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  • Step 4

    Pour in veggie stock. Cover & simmer on low heat for 15-20 mins, or until stock is absorbed.

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  • Step 5

    Scoop jackfruit mixture on to a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Using a fork, shred the jackfruit so it resembles the consistency of pulled pork.

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  • Step 6

    Bake in oven for 25-30 mins or until dry.

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  • Step 7

    Remove from oven, mix in sauce, and bake again for 10 minutes.

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  • Step 8

    Serve on sandwiches, over rice, or whatever way you'd enjoy pulled pork!

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