BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

BBQ your summer holidays into awesomeness with this BBQ pulled jackfruit! It’s everything savory and fantastic about a summer barbecue! You will love it!

You have probably seen this before somewhere on the Internet and didn’t really believe that it was possible, right? But guess what, it is! You can make a BBQ pulled pork bagel without actual pork, without cruelty, and without any nasty, unhealthy ingredients! Jackfruit is the star of this show, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to work with! When cooked and seasoned the right way, it turns into something utterly amazing, and it can fool any meat-eater. If you haven’t tried to make pulled jackfruit before, don’t waste any more time and dig into this recipe because I guarantee it will become your new obsession! 

(serves 2)


BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

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BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

  • 1 can young jackfruit in water *
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped


  • ½ cup sugar-free ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce (if you can’t find a vegan one in your store, use soy sauce instead)
  • A dash of Tabasco
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

**Or ¾ cup ready-made BBQ sauce


  • ¼ small red cabbage
  • ¼ small white cabbage
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 3 tablespoons vegan yoghurt
  • Juice squeezed from 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  • 2 vegan bagels
  • A handful of arugula

* Make sure that you buy canned young jackfruit in water; any other type isn’t going to work for this recipe. 


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking tray and line it with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat 3 tablespoons water and add chopped garlic and onion. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Drain jackfruit from the can and cut the chunks into smaller pieces (I cut most of them in half). Add to the pan and cover with ½ cup water. Simmer for 5 min.
  4. Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, yeast flakes, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika. (Alternatively, you can just add ready-made BBQ sauce although it will not taste quite the same) Mix thoroughly using a spatula and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  5. By this point, the jackfruit should be soft and will start breaking down into strips. Take the pan off the heat, and, using a potato masher, mash the jackfruit so that there are no big chunks left. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Transfer the jackfruit onto the prepared baking tray; drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. While the jackfruit is in the oven, prepare the slaw. Thinly slice the onion and both the white and the red cabbage and place in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cut the bagels into halves and toast them, then build by placing first the jackfruit, then the slaw, and finish with some fresh arugula and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve while still hot!


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