Barbecue Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich & eCookbook Giveaway

Barbecue Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich

I’m really excited to share today’s recipe for Barbecue Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches with you today for a couple of reasons!  The first is that anytime I can make a hearty vegan sandwich, I’m a happy man. The second is that today’s recipe includes an eCookbook Giveaway!!!

Now a lot of people have been asking me if I ever do gluten-free vegan recipes, and from time to time I do have some that are accidentally GF, but I normally don’t.  Well today I’ve got my gluten-free peeps AND my vegan peeps covered!

Today’s recipe comes from the Cookbook Healthier Steps: 125 Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes by Michelle Blackwood!  I’ve personally looked over the book and it’s packed with tons of great stuff!  One thing that Michelle does that I love is that for many of her recipes which call for oil, she offers an oil free alternative – though some things like baked goods do contain oil in the book.

Now I have to thank Michelle because she gave me a free copy of the eCookbook to review and she’s giving me TWO digital copies to give away to you guys!  If you prefer not to roll the dice and just want to get a digital or hard copy of the cookbook now, you can do that here! (Note: that’s an affiliate link, but I have cooked from and enjoy Michelle’s cookbook!)

If you want to win, you’ll see how to enter below the recipe!  Things like visiting my Facebook Page, Commenting on the this post, and tweeting about this post will all get you entires for the book. The contest will run from January 26th at 12:00a EST to February 1st at 11:59p EST!

Healthier Steps: 125 Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes

To find out more about Michelle, her recipes, or her cookbook, you can visit her blog! Okay so now you know how to score a free digital cookbook – let’s talk about this recipe!

I really loved cooking from this recipe because it had an entirely from scratch barbecue sauce included, which means I know each and every ingredient that’s in my sandwich!  On top of that the recipe turned out delicious and was super simple to make!  Plus with all the time I spend CREATING recipes it was nice to have directions for a change haha

I have also tried making pulled jackfruit in the past and failed miserably – but Michelle made a foolproof recipe, so I wasn’t left with a sandwich that fell flat this time!

I made a couple of BIG sandwiches with these, but it could make about 4-6 Sandwiches if you want to eat like a normal person. I made these right after Yoga, so I was in that mindset where you can just eat cause you worked, come on we’ve all been there haha

I paired this hearty sandwich up with some simple cut oven baked fries and I had a complete meal ready within an hour that kept me satisfied until dinner!

Now a question that I get a lot when I share ANYTHING jackfruit – is jackfruit REALLY like pulled pork, chicken, meat, etc?

The Honest Answer: It’s not the exact same, it’s not quiet as chewy and dense – but it comes pretty dang close – and closer then any whole food meat alternative I’ve tried!

It’s a hearty, unique, and fun way to treat yourself and your vegan friends to a barbecue pulled sandwich – so turn on the stove, pull out the jackfruit, and enjoy!

Barbecue Pulled JackfruitRecipe is shared directly from Healthier Steps: 125 Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes by Michelle Blackwood with permission from Michelle Blackwood

5.0 from 2 reviews
Barbecue Pulled Jackfruit
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Recipe From the Healthier Steps Cookbook
Serves: 4-6 Sm. Sandwiches
  • 1 (20-ounce) Can of Green Jackfruit in Brine
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil or ¼ Cup Water
  • 1 Small Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ¼ tsp Smoked Paprika (optional)
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Salt
Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil or ¼ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Molasses
  • ¼ tsp Dried Parsley
  • ¼ tsp Dried Thyme
  • ½ tsp Salt or to taste
Barbecue Sauce
  1. Heat oil or water in saucepan on medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add tomato sauce, coconut palm sugar, maple syrup, molasses, liquid aminos, parsley, thyme and salt.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes until sauce thickens.
Pulled Jackfruit
  1. Drain and rinse jackfruit using a colander, and set aside.
  2. Heat oil or water on medium heat in a large skillet.
  3. Add onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in jackfruit and add smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and salt, stirring to coat.
  5. Add water and barbecue sauce. Simmer, stirring until sauce thickens, for about 30 minutes.
  6. To serve, cut sandwich buns in half, top with barbecue jackfruit.
Tips and Ideas
If you can't find canned jackfruit at your local supermarket try a local asian market, they often carry it - and at a pretty low price too!

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  1. Lydia Claire says

    Can we use frozen jackfruit in this recipe? The only kind the Asian market near us carries is in syrup so we bought the frozen kind that has no syrup or brine.

    • says

      Hey Lydia!

      I’m sure you could – just make sure to thaw and rinse it before you use it! Then just throw it – you don’t need the brine to get the flavor.


  2. says

    Love the receipe! Tried it for the first time– doubled it to feed my family. I was hesistant to use canned jackfruit so I rinsed it throughily to remove excess salt and preservatives. My family and I really enjoyed the BBQ. It’s easy and looks and tastes like pork– without the cruelty.

  3. Jenn says

    This looks really good. I always wanted to try jackfruit but have been intimidated by it :-/

    • says

      Don’t be intimidated Jenn! I’ve ruined so many “exotic” ingredients but not know how they work (including jackfruit) just laugh and have fun with it – that’s how cooking should be ;)

      Best of Luck!

  4. says

    This sounds great! I pinned this! I am building a community of vegans and would love for you to hop over and leave a recipe

    • says

      Hey Carrie! Some health food stores carry it, but my trick is to go to an asian market! Almost always in stock and pretty cheap too :)

  5. says

    This looks so delicious!! I’m not going to lie, I had noooo idea how to use jackfruit until reading this recipe! I can’t wait to try it :) And btw, an awesome sandwich like this after a great yoga session sounds like a pretty awesome evening!!

  6. Laura H says

    I keep seeing jackfruit pop up everywhere but have never tried it. I do have to say I’m a bit skeptical but I hope to be pleasantly surprised!! Oh and I am GF due to a thyroid condition so I’m always looking for new GF vegan recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • says

      Hey Laura,

      I think you will be pleasantly surprised with it – it’s very good! And you’re welcome for the giveaway, good luck!


  7. RaeJean says

    Sounds really interesting. I will have to try it.

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