Pulled Jackfruit with Raw Vegan BBQ Sauce

I live in Austin, TX, which means visitors always want BBQ! I have known about pulled jackfruit for a while, but I typically try to avoid anything that resembles meat. On a recent visit home to St. Pete, FL, I stopped at the Cider Press Café with some friends for a raw vegan dinner. After stealing a bite of their delicious BBQ Jack sandwich, I was hooked and determined to make it at home. This pig-friendly pulled pork alternative has become one of my favorites! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any whole jackfruit back in Austin, so I used canned, organic jackfruit for this recipe.



  • 2 cups of organic young jackfruit
  • 1 organic onion (I used red)
  • 1 organic garlic clove
  • Organic unrefined coconut oil (for pan)

Raw Vegan BBQ Sauce

  • 2 organic tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp organic smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp organic oregano
  • 1/4 tsp organic cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp organic cumin
  • 1/4 tsp organic pepper
  • 1/4 cup of soaked cashews (optional for a thicker sauce)


  • Pan
  • Knife
  • Fork (or something to pull the jackfruit)
  • Food Processor (for sauce)


Raw Vegan BBQ Sauce

  1. If using cashews, soak for several hours
  2. Combine tomatoes, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, paprika, oregano, basil, cayenne, and cumin in a food processor
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. For added thickness, add in cashews
  5. Add pepper for taste

Pulled Jackfruit

  1. Put a bit of coconut oil in pan
  2. Cut onion and garlic and place in pan on a low heat
  3. Once the onion has softened, drain the jackfruit and add to pan
  4. Let sit on a low heat for 5-10 minutes
  5. Use a fork (or other utensil) to “pull” jackfruit
  6. In the bowl, combine the jackfruit/onion mix with BBQ sauce

Optional Additions

If you would like to use this recipe on a sandwich, I would HIGHLY recommend trying Little Northern Bakehouse (vegan + gluten free).


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