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How to Prepare A Vegan BBQ Pulled “Pork” Sandwiches: Complete Details

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Vegan BBQ Pulled “Pork” Sandwiches Recipe

Introduction: Indulge in the deliciousness of classic BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with a vegan twist! This recipe uses jackfruit, a versatile tropical fruit, to create a meat-free alternative that’s tender, flavorful, and satisfying. Simmered in a homemade BBQ sauce, the shredded jackfruit mimics the texture and taste of traditional pulled pork. Served on buns and topped with coleslaw, these Vegan BBQ Pulled “Pork” Sandwiches are perfect for gatherings, picnics, or anytime you crave a hearty, plant-based meal.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour


For the BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional, for extra smokiness)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spiciness)

For the “Pulled Pork”:

  • 2 cans young green jackfruit in water or brine (not syrup), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • Salt to taste

For Serving:

  • Vegan coleslaw
  • Burger buns


  1. Prepare the BBQ Sauce:
    • In a medium saucepan, whisk together all the BBQ sauce ingredients.
    • Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer.
    • Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Jackfruit:
    • Drain and rinse the canned jackfruit under cold water. Cut off the hard core of the jackfruit pieces, if any.
    • Use your hands to shred the jackfruit into smaller pieces that resemble pulled pork. Set aside.
  3. Cook the “Pulled Pork”:
    • In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
    • Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute until fragrant.
    • Add the shredded jackfruit to the skillet and sauté for about 5 minutes to allow it to absorb the flavors.
  4. Simmer with BBQ Sauce:
    • Pour the prepared BBQ sauce over the jackfruit in the skillet and stir to coat evenly.
    • Pour in the vegetable broth or water and stir again.
    • Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the jackfruit simmer for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will help the jackfruit absorb the flavors and become tender.
  5. Assemble the Sandwiches:
    • Toast the burger buns if desired.
    • Pile a generous amount of the BBQ jackfruit onto the bottom half of each bun.
    • Top with vegan coleslaw for added crunch and creaminess.
    • Place the other half of the bun on top.
  6. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve the Vegan BBQ Pulled “Pork” Sandwiches immediately with extra coleslaw on the side.
    • Enjoy the flavors, textures, and satisfaction of a classic BBQ sandwich, all while indulging in a plant-based meal!


  • Choose young green jackfruit in water or brine, not in syrup, to ensure the best texture and flavor.
  • Adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less cayenne pepper to the BBQ sauce.
  • Liquid smoke adds an authentic smoky flavor, but it’s optional if you prefer a milder taste.
  • Feel free to customize your coleslaw with your favorite ingredients, such as shredded cabbage, carrots, vegan mayo, and vinegar-based dressing.

Enjoy your delicious and cruelty-free Vegan BBQ Pulled “Pork” Sandwiches!

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