Jackfruit Pulled "Pork"


For vegans and anyone else who wants an interesting and healthy version of pulled pork. It satisfied the craving of this 9-year vegetarian. You may eat this right away by making a sandwich with coleslaw or however you choose, but it is best to let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Then, reheat it. This is especially important if you do not have a slow cooker and choose to cook it in a skillet instead.

close up view of a Jackfruit Pulled Pork sandwich on a plate, served with radishes in the foreground
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 13 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 23 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ¼ cup chopped Vidalia onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 pounds young green jackfruit packed in water, drained

  • 2 cups barbeque sauce, or more to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add jackfruit; cook and stir until lightly browned and relatively free of moisture, about 10 minutes.

  2. Transfer jackfruit mixture to a slow cooker; cover with barbeque sauce. Cook on Low, stirring occasionally, until jackfruit shreds easily with a fork, about 6 hours.

Cook's Notes:

You may use jackfruit in brine but it is harder to flavor. Do not use the ripe kind which comes in syrup. If using frozen jackfruit, defrost before using. Rinse to remove all seeds and pods. Squeeze out as much water as possible with your hands.

Dry rub or marinate the jackfruit in barbeque sauce or seasonings before cooking if you like. This will help if you use the brined version, do not let it sit overnight after cooking, or cook it in a skillet.

If you don't have a slow cooker, cook jackfruit in a skillet (preferably cast iron) until easily shredded, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
8g Fat
32g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 1040mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 141mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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