This vegan pulled pork sandwich is absolutely amazing! Made with jackfruit crisped to perfection then smothered with BBQ sauce and devoured.
I fed this recipe to friends who are meat eaters and they were floored at how incredible it was. They key to jackfruit texture is getting it nice and crisp in the pan. The BBQ sauce caramelizes and finishes it off in the most amazing way!
This vegan pulled pork comes together pretty quickly, making it an easy weeknight dinner for the family. But, it’s also great to make up a big batch to use for the week on a variety of dishes like sandwiches, salads, or on baked potatoes!
Just a handful of plant based ingredients is all you need to make this mouthwatering recipe! Here’s what you’ll need to gather:
How To Make Vegan Pulled Pork
Making your own pulled pork from jackfruit is a simple process, and with the right technique you’ll get the perfect texture! Here’s what to do:
- Sauté onion and jackfruit with spices until the jackfruit is crisp on the edges. I use this same technique in my Vegan Birria Tacos.
- Add the barbecue sauce and cook until sticky.
Our favorite way to serve this jackfruit pulled pork is in sandwich form. We like to use:
- Buns (gluten free if needed)
- Coleslaw or Vinegar slaw
- Extra barbecue sauce
- And of course a side of sweet potato fries!
You can also use this pulled pork to fill baked potatoes, top salads, make nachos, or wraps! No matter how you serve it, these plant based side dishes will pair perfectly:
- Macaroni salad
- Baked beans
- Vegan mac and cheese
- Gluten free cornbread
- Onion rings
- Watermelon Feta Salad
- Grilled Veggie Kabobs
Tips and tricks
Here’s a few more pieces of advice to help you along the way:
- You can substitute the jackfruit with 2 pounds of shredded mushrooms, portobello or king oyster work best.
- Depending on how salty your BBQ sauce is, you may not need to add any extra salt. Wait until the end and salt to taste.
- Make this recipe oil free by substituting broth for oil when sautéing.
- You want the jackfruit to really crisp to get the right texture. If you stop sautéing too early it will be soft and mushy.
- Make an extra large batch then use as meal prep for the week! Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- You can also store tightly sealed vegan pulled pork in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost before reheating.
- Reheat on the stovetop for the best results, but a microwave works as well to save time.
Vegan pulled pork is often made from jackfruit or mushrooms due to their meaty texture. Occasionally carrots or lentils are used as well.
More Vegan BBQ Recipes
The tang of barbecue sauce is just so good, it makes you want to put it on everything! These plant based recipes all have that sweet and savory flavor we all know and love:
- BBQ Cauliflower Bites Bowl
- Vegan BBQ Tempeh Sandwich
- Chickpea Sliders with Pineapple Slaw
- Black Bean BBQ Burger
- BBQ Tahini Power Bowl
The Best Vegan BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
- 1 ½ cups chopped sweet or yellow onion
- Drizzle of your favorite oil to sauté , or broth if oil free
- 2 cans jackfruit , 14 ounce cans, rinsed and shredded (see note)
- 1 teaspoon paprika , can also use smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon sea salt , see note
- 1 cup barbecue sauce , homemade or store bought
- Sauté onion and oil, or broth if oil free, until onion is soft. About 5minutes.
- Add the jackfruit, spices and salt and saute over medium high heat until browned and crisp on the edges. This takes between 10-15 minutes depending on your stove. You want it crisp to get the right texture. If you stop early it will be soft and mushy.
- Add the barbecue sauce and mix until reduced a bit and sticky.
- Remove from heat, and serve with slaw and fries for the ultimate result!
- You can also sub the jackfruit with shredded mushrooms. Portobello or king oyster work best. Use 2 pounds.
- The salt will depend on how much salt your barbecue sauce has. You may want to wait and add it at the end.
- Nutrition facts include my homemade BBQ sauce and using 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.