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BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Tangy Coleslaw

Are you craving a delicious and satisfying vegetarian option for your next barbecue? Look no further than BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Tangy Coleslaw. This mouthwatering recipe combines the incredible texture and flavor of jackfruit with a tangy coleslaw to create a truly irresistible sandwich. Get ready to wow your taste buds and impress your guests with this crowd-pleasing dish!

What is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a tropical fruit that is native to South Asia. It is known for its large size and unique texture, making it an excellent meat substitute for vegetarian and vegan dishes. When cooked, jackfruit has a fibrous and meat-like consistency that closely resembles pulled pork or shredded chicken. Its neutral taste allows it to absorb flavors well, making it the perfect ingredient for BBQ sandwiches.


  • 2 cans of young green jackfruit in brine
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 burger buns


Step 1: Draining and Shredding the Jackfruit

Start by draining the cans of jackfruit and rinsing them thoroughly. Use your hands or forks to shred the jackfruit into smaller pieces, resembling pulled pork or chicken. Remove any seeds or hard pieces you may come across.

Step 2: Sautéing the Onion and Garlic

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they become translucent and fragrant.

Step 3: Cooking the Jackfruit

Add the shredded jackfruit to the skillet and stir it well with the onion and garlic mixture. Cook for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Step 4: Preparing the BBQ Sauce

In a separate bowl, combine the BBQ sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Step 5: Simmering the Jackfruit

Pour the BBQ sauce mixture over the cooked jackfruit in the skillet. Stir to coat the jackfruit thoroughly. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse into the jackfruit.

Step 6: Assembling the Sandwiches

To assemble the sandwiches, lightly toast the burger buns. Place a generous amount of the BBQ jackfruit mixture on the bottom half of each bun. Top it with a spoonful of tangy coleslaw (see recipe below) and cover with the other half of the bun.

Tangy Coleslaw:

  • 1/2 small cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Prepare the Coleslaw Dressing

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, celery seed, salt, and pepper until well combined.

Step 2: Combine the Vegetables

In a large bowl, toss together the sliced cabbage and grated carrot until evenly mixed.

Step 3: Dress the Coleslaw

Pour the coleslaw dressing over the vegetables and toss until they are well coated. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve the BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with a side of tangy coleslaw and some crispy pickles. You can also pair it with sweet potato fries or a fresh green salad for a complete meal. These sandwiches are perfect for outdoor gatherings, picnics, or casual weeknight dinners.


BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Tangy Coleslaw offer a delightful and satisfying alternative to traditional meat-based barbecue options. The unique texture and flavor of jackfruit, combined with the tanginess of the coleslaw, create a harmonious blend of tastes and textures. By following this recipe, you can create a burst of flavors and perplexity that will impress both vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Enjoy the experience of indulging in a delicious and wholesome barbecue sandwich that leaves you fully satisfied and wanting more!

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