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Easy Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

If you haven’t heard of jackfruit already, we’re sure you’re bound to in the near future. This versatile fruit is probably one of the most popular meat replacement options for vegans due to its uncanny ability to mimic whatever you flavor you pair with it. While all the other ingredients for this recipe may already be in your kitchen, you can purchase jackfruit in any Asian market or online. However, the key to achieving the proper texture for this recipe is to purchase young green jackfruit in water – not syrup. Feed this to your non-vegan friends and they'll be not only impressed, but full too!
 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4-5 servings
Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 (20 oz.) cans of young, green jackfruit in water (NOT in syrup)
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¾ cup of vegan BBQ sauce
  • Extra vegan BBQ sauce for topping
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse and thoroughly dry your jackfruit. Place in a mixing bowl and set aside
  2. Combine brown sugar, sweet paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder with jackfruit in bowl, and toss to fully season
  3. In a large Swiss Diamond Nonstick Fry Pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp. olive oil and the seasoned jackfruit. Cook for approximately 3-5 minutes to get some color
  4. Add BBQ sauce and begin to thin with a little water to make a sauce. Continue to stir consistently and reduce heat to low-medium. Cover with lid and continue to cook for about 25 minutes
  5. Remove lid and stir occasionally, about every 5 minutes or so
  6. Using two silicone forks, shred the jackfruit as it begins to cook down and the texture has softened
  7. After 25 minutes, turn up heat to medium-high and cook for 3-5 more minutes, or until you begin to see more of a color/texture that resembles pulled pork. Remove from heat
  8. Serve with coleslaw and extra vegan BBQ sauce!

Best when served immediately