Meatless Monday: BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich

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Jackfruit has become a major staple in our household. What is jackfruit, you ask? Besides being one of the most amazingly delicious-tasting vegan products around, it’s the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. It has a meaty texture and is a great plant-based alternative in traditional pulled meat dishes.

I’ve never cooked jackfruit from scratch because I’ve heard it’s slightly difficult and time-consuming. Instead, I’ve been buying from The Jackfruit Company. If you want to learn more about jackfruit and its origin, the company provides a great overview on one of their blog posts, that you can find here.

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The Jackfruit Company sells their products now at large grocery chains like Publix and Kroger as well as smaller stores like Sevananda and Earth Fare here in Atlanta. I’ve only tried their Tex-Mex and BBQ versions, but hope to one day find their other ones like Curry and Teriyaki.

I posted a photo of my BBQ jackfruit sandwich on Instagram a few months ago and The Jackfruit Company re-posted it to their social media sites, which was pretty neat. My husband and I have mainly been using the Tex-Mex product in tacos and the BBQ version on sandwiches.

A while back I shared on the blog a recipe for jackfruit sliders. I’ve provided the sandwich version below. One package from The Jackfruit Company makes about 2 large sandwiches or 8 sliders.

If you cook with jackfruit, I’d love some inspiration, so please share your favorite recipes. If you’re new to jackfruit and wind up trying it, post in the comments your experience.

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole wheat vegan burger buns
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegenaise, or vegan mayonaise
  • 6 sliced pickle rounds
  • 1 package of BBQ jackfruit from The Jackfruit Company

Steps:

  1. Follow the instructions on the package to warm up the jackfruit. I prefer the stove top method.
  2. Toast the burger buns. Smear 1 Tbsp Vegenaise mayo on the top of each bun
  3. Scoop several spoonfuls of the warmed jackfruit on the bottom bun.
  4. Top the “meat” with 3 sliced pickle rounds.
  5. Close the bun and serve warm with your favorite sides. I usually pair the sandwich with sweet potato fries (my recipe can be found here) and some sort of grilled vegetable like eggplant, asparagus, or broccoli.
  6. Enjoy!

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