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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Plant Based BBQ Pulled "pork" Jackfruit Tacos

Looking for a vegan dish that tastes like BBQ pulled pork? You have to make this plant-based "meat" recipe! This meat substitute has a meaty texture and an amazing barbecue taste. One bite is all it takes to go meatless.

Jackfruit is a plant-based meat alternative that takes on a stringy, “meat-like” texture when cooked.
Most people have not heard about jackfruit and have no idea what it is. I. myself, have just discovered it. Jackfruit is a fruit that can be used as a vegan or plant-based meat alternative. When unripe jackfruit is cooked it soaks up flavor well and has a stringy, “meat-like” texture. 

 When jackfruit is cooked in sauces like barbecue sauce it has a taste and texture similar to pulled pork. So many people who follow a plant-based or vegan diet love to make sandwiches or tacos with this amazing keto-friendly fruit. 

Since discovering my milk allergy, I have been trying to follow a plant-based diet. I am also choosing to eat at allergy-friendly restaurants. For vegans and vegetarians, craving pulled pork, meaty jackfruit can be slow-cooked in barbecue sauce to make this satisfying plant-based meat substitute.

Plant-Based BBQ Pulled "Pork" Jackfruit Tacos

~ Has a meaty texture
~ Is slow-cooked in barbecue sauce 
~ Is Plant-Based
~ Perfect for Meatless Meals
~ Satisfies a meat craving
~ Makes the best sandwiches

  What is jackfruit?

 Jackfruit is a large fruit tree-borne fruit that is a green oblong fruit with a bumpy, fleshy exterior. This fruit can weigh up to 100 pounds and grow up to three feet long. The average size of the fruit that is sold in stores is 10 to 25 pounds. On the inside, jackfruit contains many pale-yellow, plump bulbs, which are edible and joined at the core. The seeds can also be cooked, eaten on their own, or ground into flour.

What Does Jackfruit Taste Like?

 When eaten ripe and raw, jackfruit is sweet and has a taste similar to pineapple or mango. When jackfruit is unripe, it has more of a neutral flavor, like a potato, and works well for a meat alternative like this pulled "pork" sandwich recipe. Jackfruit is great for keto-friendly recipes. Check out this homemade Keto-friendly barbecue sauce that turns jackfruit into delicious tacos.

Where do I buy jackfruit?

 I have seen jackfruit in stores like Sprouts in the produce section but I have never bought it that way as the fruit is very large and ripe. Fresh jackfruit is huge and hard to process! So you need to buy jackfruit in a can.

 I buy my jackfruit in a can at places like Trader Joe's and Sprouts. For this recipe, look for unripe jackfruit in brine and not syrup. The ripe jackfruit is canned in syrup and would be too sweet for this recipe. If you are looking for sweet fruit, then buy ripe jackfruit as it is delicious. 

 Just remember Unripe jackfruit is canned in brine and Ripe jackfruit is canned in sweet syrup. Look for canned jackfruit at stores like Sprouts, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.

For vegans and vegetarians, craving pulled pork, meaty jackfruit can be slow-cooked in barbecue sauce to make this satisfying plant-based meat substitute.

          Jackfruit is loaded with nutrition
Two cups of jackfruit contain 310 calories as well as the following nutrition
  • Fiber: 6 grams
  • Protein: 5.6 grams
  • Vitamin A: 20% of Recommended Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Vitamin C: 36% of RDI
  • Riboflavin: 22% of RDI
  • Magnesium: 30% of RDI
  • Potassium: 28% of RDI
  • Copper: 30% of RDI
  • Manganese: 32% of RDI
  • the seeds are high in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron.
  I found all my information about jackfruit at foodrevolution.org. If you want to know more about this unique fruit, then check out this website for more, including a video of how to cut a fresh jackfruit.

Check out my recipe for homemade low-sugar BBQ sauce

This delicious BBQ sauce is keto-friendly 

Have you tasted jackfruit?

Check out this Jackfruit Vegan Tuna Salad Recipe https://www.momknowsbest.net/2023/10/jackfruit-vegan-tuna-salad-recipe.html

Grab some buns and coleslaw for a delicious BBQ sandwich

Make sure to Pin the recipe on Pinterest

Yield: 4 sandwiches 

Plant Based BBQ Pulled "pork" Jackfruit Sandwiches

This BBQ Pulled 'Pork' Sandwiches are made from jackfruit. This wonderful fruit is a vegan meat substitute that when shredded acts like pork and makes a tender "meaty" sandwich.


  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 20 oz cans young, green jackfruit in brine (NOT syrup)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (get the recipe HERE)
  • 4 sandwich buns


  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit. Using a fork or potato masher, pull apart the fruit so it resembles pulled pork
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet. When the oil is hot add the chopped onion and cook for 5-7 minutes until the onion is soft.
  3. Add the rinsed jackfruit, BBQ sauce, and water to the skillet. Stir well and cover leaving to cook on medium-low heat for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in additional BBQ sauce if desired. Spread the jackfruit on your burger buns and serve. The buns can be toasted if desired.
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Cristina Petrini said...

You made me want to try cooking this recipe as soon as possible. It is super interesting!

Georgina Nderitu said...

Never actually tasted jackfruit, but this is something I could definitely try out. Thank you.

Cristina Coroiu said...

Tacos! I want tacos, the photos look great as well. I am going to try this recipe today. I have a tacos craving for a few days now.

Shubh said...

I love jackfruit. I have tried it's different recipes. Your recipe is new for me and also looks craving. I will try it.

Informed Inspiration said...

hmm interesting. I am a picky eater, which was okay but now my 5yr old is picking up on that, so I am trying to be more broad with my food choices. Maybe I just might try this

berlin said...

i loe jackfruit. I always request my son to buy me a caramelized banana with jackfruit on it. Thus, I bet your recipe is so much good. Would definitely try this.

Alexandria Cook said...

I have always wanted to try jack fruit pulled pork. I saw it a long time ago and though it looked delicious!

Krystle Cook said...

These tacos look like they would be absolutely delicious. I would love to give these a shot!

Dalene Ekirapa said...

I would absolutely appreciate the recipe for some yummy sandwich; which are just my favorites. I only eat jack fruit when ripe but I've never had a recipe in min fr them. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I want to try this but I have fresh jackfruit. How do I adjust the cooking? Times? Amounts?

Norma said...

This recipe looks delicious! I can't wait to try it. I will make sure I get all the ingredients during the weekend so that I can make it next week.

Monica Simpson said...

What a creative plant based meal! It looks just like pulled pork.

Kathy said...

These sure do look amazing. I'm going to have to make them sometime soon. I do love pulled pork.

Toni said...

This looks really delicious!! Would love to give it a try!

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

I have never had jack fruit but it sounds interesting. The food looks yummy!

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

looks delicious! I love plant based meals, it is the best for me and my health

Ryan Escat said...

Yesss! Jackfruit is really good! And I would love to make this recipe. I'm drooling right now.

Jamie said...

Interesting. I've never heard of that before. I'll have to see if our stores carries that, since these sound yummy!!

Ben said...

That looks really good. I've heard on several different occasions taht jackfruit could make a great meat substitute.

Kita Bryant said...

I have always wanted to try these. Jack fruit is such a cool ingredients for things like this.

Romy Schorr said...

Jackfruit is so intriguing to me and this recipe looks so yummy! I'm going to try it on one of our meatless Mondays!

Kathy said...

These look really good. I have not had this before. Pulled pork is amazing. I will have to try this.

Anne Marie said...

I love cooking with new foods! This sounds like a great medley of sweet and savory flavors.

Ryan Escat said...

We have a lot of Jackfruits here in Philippines. I agree it soaks up the flavors easier when unripe. I like it with coconut milk. Great idea!

Monica Simpson said...

What a creative way to make a meatless meal!

Celebrate Woman said...

This is an awesome meal without any meat. Bravo, Tara!

Lyanna Soria said...

Most of my friends don't like the taste of jackfruit but maybe they will try this recipe. That dish is looking delicious and will definitely try this out sometime.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I never got a taste for jackfruit, but maybe I'll try it again. The first time I had it, it seemed overly sweet, but these do look good.

Gust si Aroma said...

I recently started embracing a plant-based diet, and stumbling upon jackfruit as a meat alternative has been a delightful surprise. The fact that it can mimic the texture of pulled pork and absorb flavors so well is amazing!

Lavanda Michelle said...

Can't wait to try it – the slow-cooked barbecue sauce sounds mouthwatering!

Jennifer Prince said...

Jackfruit really can pass off as BBQ. It's especially convincing for sure!

Karen said...

This was delicious! A great addition to our "meatless Mondays" recipe rotation.

LisaLisa said...

OMG, this looks so delicious. I have never had Jackfruit before now I'm interested in trying it. I need to share this recipe with my daughter who is also a vegan.

Melanie Edjourian said...

I do quite like jackfruit. I bet the pulled pork (jackfruit) tastes amazing and has looks of great flavour.

Monidipa said...

Absolutely loved trying your recipe! Never thought plant-based could taste this good. Super easy, even for someone not into cooking. Thanks for the delicious idea. Can't wait to explore more!

Lady In Read said...

we love jackfruit and make curries out of it.. i do know many use it in plant-based meat recipes

Beautiful Touches said...

Jackfruit is such a versatile fruit! It wasn't until one of my sons had gone vegetarian that I realized that jackfruit could taste so good as something savory AND could pass well for BBQ!

JRC said...

I haven't had jackfruit in so long! I forgot what it taste like! But I think this can work as a meat substitute for al pastor tacos! Thanks for sharing!

Gervin said...

Ohh! This one looks so good! I love adding healthy veggies to my food!

Laura JL Books said...

I have never hear of jackfruit, It sounds so good to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

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