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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Plant Based BBQ Pulled "pork" Jackfruit Tacos

Jackfruit is a plant-based meat alternative that takes on 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 jackfruit is unripe it soaks up flavor well and has a stringy, “meat-like” texture when cooked. 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 am 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.

  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 as stores like Sprouts in the produce section but I have never bought it that way as the fruit is very large and ripe. I have also heard that it is hard to process. So I buy my jackfruit in a can at places like Trader Joes, that way I can buy it unripe for my savory plant-based recipes. 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 Joes, 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?

This jackfruit recipe can be made into sandwiches with some buns and coleslaw 

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

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  24. 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!

  25. What a creative way to make a meatless meal!

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

  27. 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.


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