If you’re trying to follow a healthier, more plant-based diet by cutting out meat, you might be craving the old classics such as barbecue that don’t really have many replacements. Corn-on-the-cobb, cornbread, and even collard greens can easily be made healthier, but it’s a bit more difficult finding a replacement for barbeque sandwiches, right?!

If you’re craving this quintessential summer food, don’t fret! There’s an incredibly simple way to make a vegan pulled pork sandwich that’s just like the real thing, and there are no soy products or meat substitutes used!

Below is a recipe for a mouthwatering pulled barbecue sandwich, which uses jackfruit instead of meat. Recipe from the Minimalist Baker.

Note: the canned jackfruit must be in water.

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

2 20-oz. cans of jackfruit in water

¼ cup BBQ seasoning

¾ cup BBQ sauce, more to top sandwiches

4–6 whole grain hamburger buns or rolls

  1. Rinse, drain, and dry jackfruit. Remove the center “core” of the fruit and discard. Place in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Add seasoning to jackfruit. Toss to coat.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1–2 tbsp. of oil and seasoned jackfruit. Toss to coat and cook for 2–3 min. to achieve some color.
  4. Add BBQ sauce and thin with enough water to make a sauce. Stir and reduce heat to low-medium and cook for about 20 min (or an extra 15 min on low for a deeper flavor).
  5. Remove lid and stir occasionally. Tip: for a finer texture, use two forks to shred the jackfruit as it cooks down.
  6. Once the jackfruit has been properly simmered, turn up heat to medium-high and cook for 2–3 more minutes to get a little extra color/texture. Then remove from heat.
  7. Place jackfruit on buns (preferably grilled!) and top with barbecue sauce. Enjoy!

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