Jackfruit “Pulled Pork Sandwiches” with Creamy-Tangy Slaw

These vegan jackfruit “pulled pork” sandwiches are so close to the real thing, I sometimes get a little weirded out by the fruit’s flesh as it pulls apart — it looks just like real meat. It might be fun to trick your meat-eating friends with this dish. I wonder if they’d notice?

This version of the jackfruit pulled pork sandwich is entirely savoury, tangy, vinegary deliciousness. And the slaw is so good, I recommend you make extra to eat it as a salad on the side. So so so good. Overall, the dish is ridiculously easy. The hardest part might be shredding the cabbage or opening up the can of jackfruit. Hope you love it as my as I do.


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Serves: 2-3


For the jackfruit pulled pork:

1 large can jackfruit (net weight: 482g, in water, not syrup)
2 large garlic cloves (minced)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 c. BBQ sauce (I used Organicville’s)
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp fresh-ground pepper
2 tbsp. white vinegar
3/4 tsp Himalayan salt

For the slaw:

1/4 head large purple cabbage (finely shredded)
3 tbsp. vegan mayo (I used Hellmann’s)
1 tsp grainy mustard (or a bit more if you like it)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp fresh-ground pepper
3/4 tsp Himalayan salt

For the bun and garnishes:

2-3 hamburger buns (I used PIKANIK’s)
2-3 tbsp vegan mayo (1 tbsp per bun)
2-3 tsp grainy mustard
3 handfuls greens (I used radish sprouts from my Urban Cultivator)



  1. Using a mandolin, shred your cabbage into skinny bits that are easy to chew. Transfer cabbage to a bowl and add mayo, mustard, vinegar, salt & pepper. Toss to combine. Set aside in fridge while you make your pulled jackfruit.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add minced garlic. Drain your can of jackfruit, and add it to the pan. Using a wooden spatula, mash the jackfruit so it breaks apart.
  3. Add spices, BBQ sauce and vinegar to your jackfruit and mix to combine so it’s evenly coated with flavour.
  4. Time to build your sandwich: toast your buns and add mayo to one side, mustard to the other. Load on your jackfruit, followed by slaw. Top with a handful of greens and enjoy.

Let me know if you were able to trick your friends into thinking this was real meat!
Did you know that about 600 gallons of water are required to create one quarter pound hamburger? I don’t know the stats for pulled pork, but thinking they must be semi-similar? Even though jackfruit is imported, its water / carbon footprint is a small fraction compared to that of meat. Another good reason to choose jackfruit or a veggie patty instead of pork or a beef patty for your next sloppy joe/hamburger night!!




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