Easy BBQ Jackfruit

Do you love BBQ? It’s a favorite for my family. But since I’m the lone vegan, I make my own. I even make my own coleslaw, and then we have shared sides. Jackfruit itself is an intimidating item, but buying it canned really simplifies this dish. It took me a couple of tries to get this right, but adding the sliced onions really boosts the flavor. Simmering the jackfruit long enough to break it down makes a big difference in the texture, giving it a stringy, chewy, yet tender bite similar to, well, slow cooked BBQ!


  • 1 T olive oil 
  • 1 onion, peeled, cut in half, then thinly sliced
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s jackfruit in brine, drained
  • Your favorite vegan BBQ sauce (I like Stubbs spicy)
  • Salt to taste


  • In a medium saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. 
  • Add in the sliced onion, salt to taste, and saute until they start to brown. 
  • Add drained jackfruit, stirring to combine with onions.
  • Pour ½-¾ cup of BBQ sauce over the mixture, stirring to combine.
  • Cover, turn heat to low, and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
  • Uncover, stirring to break up pieces of jackfruit. 
  • Serve on a bun with vegan coleslaw! (recipe follows)
Cooking he onions
After adding the jackfruit and BBQ sauce
After breaking down the jackfruit

Vegan Coleslaw:

I don’t really follow a recipe for this, but generally I divide a pack of pre-cut coleslaw cabbage into 2 portions, ⅔ for regular slaw for my family, and ⅓ to make vegan slaw for me. To the cabbage I’ve reserved for my vegan slaw, I mix in 1T spicy mustard (dijon or brown work equally well), 2T apple cider vinegar, a healthy dash of seasoned salt, and enough vegan mayo to make it the desired consistency, usually about ⅓ cup, give or take. 

Leftovers are easy to store in the fridge for up to a week and reheat later!

Have you ever tried making BBQ jackfruit? If you try my recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Post pics and tag me @annecreates on Instagram! As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.

Published by annecreates

I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, SPIbelt, Goodr, Noxgear, and Switch4Good.

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