Clean BBQ Jackfruit

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This recipe is meaty in texture but totally plant-based!

This clean BBQ Jackfruit recipe is a go to vegan option for the mouthwatering cuisine!

We have great news! Skinny Ms. has finally created the perfect vegan alternative to barbecue! Our clean BBQ jackfruit is deliciously plant-based and made using flavorful and healthy ingredients. Not only that, but with it’s 20-minute cook time, this simple and easy-to-make recipe is great for busy weeknights. That said, it’s an excellent option for your next family gathering, as well. We’ve put this BBQ jackfruit to the test and received so much praise from vegans and meat-eaters alike!

The Powerful Plant-Based Substitute

This healthy option will satisfy your barbecue cravings!

Jackfruit is a big and bumpy tropical fruit originating from Southern India and Malaysia. Jackfruit contains many beneficial compounds including high levels of vitamin C and vitamin B, as well as folate, potassium, and magnesium. These compounds can support immune, digestive, and blood health. Because of its stringy texture, this unique fruit is the perfect pulled pork substitute. Not only that, but it has a very mild flavor, so any additional spices, herbs, or sauces can transform this plant-based meat alternative into a deliciously sneaky dish! It’s perfect for vegans, vegetarians, or even anyone that just wants to eat more plants.

Our Clean BBQ Sauce

FInally! A vegan BBQ option that imitates pulled pork in a delicious way!

The BBQ sauce for this recipe is made with super clean and healthy ingredients, including lycopene-rich tomato puree, metabolism-boosting apple cider vinegar, and anti-inflammatory pineapple juice. It also uses molasses for a deep sweet flavor, as well as its beneficial minerals! When combined, our Clean BBQ Sauce ingredients make for a powerfully healthy sauce that is equally nutrient-rich and tasty!

Quick Cook or Slow Cook(er) this Vegan Dish

Our Clean BBQ Jackfruit is the perfect Summer time meal.

The recipe we’ve written takes a quick and easy route towards a delicious dish. It is made on the stove and is ready in about 20 minutes! However, if you want to pop this dish in the slow cooker so it will be ready when you come home or stays warm throughout a party, be our guest! For this method, combine the BBQ sauce ingredients, and join it with the onion, garlic, and jackfruit in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 5 to 6 hours. Just make sure you sauté the onion and garlic first to soften them and really enhance their flavors.

How to make our Clean Jackfruit BBQ

Enjoy this BBQ jackfruit in a bowl, on a bun, in tacos, or more!

This recipe is quick and easy to prepare, making it perfect for a busy day, on-the-go lunch, or a family gathering!

First, combine the tomato paste, pureed tomato, molasses, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, fresh pineapple juice, and nutritional yeast in a medium bowl to make the BBQ sauce. Next, heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a medium pot. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 3 minutes. Then, pour in the BBQ sauce and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. After it has simmered and thickened a little, add the jackfruit and simmer for 10 more minutes. Serve on a sandwich bun or wrap and enjoy!

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Clean BBQ Jackfruit

This clean vegan recipe is the perfect plant-based substitute for a summer BBQ!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 5 ounces
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 26 ounces canned jack fruit drained, rinsed, and pulled into strips with a fork
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion thinly diced
  • 3 garlic cloves

Clean BBQ Sauce

  • 2 ounces tomato paste canned
  • 1/2 cup pureed tomato canned
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast


  • Combine BBQ sauce ingredients in a medium bowl
  • In a pot, heat olive oil on medium-high heat
  • Sauté onion and garlic for about 3 minutes
  • Add sauce and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add jackfruit and simmer 10 more minutes
  • Serve on a sandwich bun or wrap


The nutritional information does not include the bun. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 5ounces | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords Plant-Based, Vegan

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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