Jackfruit Pulled Pork Recipe

Jackfruit pulled pork

To cook jackfruit pulled pork, you’ll need green, unripe jackfruit, as ripe jackfruit is sweet and won’t work well for this savory dish. Jackfruit is an excellent plant-based alternative to pulled pork due to its meaty texture when cooked. Here’s a simple recipe to guide you:


  • 2 cans of young green jackfruit in water or brine (not in syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (vegetable or olive oil)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional, for a smoky flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Drain and Rinse the Jackfruit: Open the cans of jackfruit and drain the water/brine. Rinse the jackfruit pieces under cold running water and then use your hands to shred them into smaller, pulled pork-like pieces. Remove any tough core pieces.
  2. Sauté Onion and Garlic: Heat the oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and continue cooking for another minute, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add Spices: Add the paprika, smoked paprika (if using), ground cumin, and chili powder to the pan. Stir everything together and let the spices toast for a minute or two to release their flavors.
  4. Cook the Jackfruit: Add the shredded jackfruit to the pan and stir well to coat it with the onion and spice mixture. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, allowing the jackfruit to absorb the flavors.
  5. Simmer with Barbecue Sauce: Pour in the barbecue sauce and vegetable broth (or water) over the jackfruit mixture. Stir to combine everything evenly. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. This will allow the jackfruit to become tender and infuse with the barbecue sauce.
  6. Shred Further (Optional): If you prefer a more pulled-pork-like texture, you can use a fork or potato masher to shred the jackfruit further while it simmers.
  7. Adjust Seasoning: Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your preference.
  8. Serve: Once the jackfruit has softened and absorbed the flavors of the barbecue sauce, it’s ready to serve. Use it as a filling in sandwiches, tacos, wraps, or serve it alongside coleslaw and other barbecue dishes.

Enjoy your delicious and flavorful jackfruit pulled pork!

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