Simple Yet Delicious Pulled BBQ Jackfruit with Coleslaw

by | January 13, 2018

Pulled BBQ Jackfruit with a Simple DIY Coleslaw

This simple pulled BBQ jackfruit sandwich and coleslaw is perfect for summer days or when you’re in the midwest cold winter dreaming of grilling season. You can play around with the flavor and add some kick with a bit of cayenne pepper or hot sauce. Feel free to top your sandwich off with anything else, we like to keep it simple and just add a big spoonful of this delicious slaw. Enjoy!



  • 2 cans of jackfruit in brine or water 
  • 2 cups of your favorite vegan BBQ sauce  
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • Half an onion (chopped)
  • 1 tsp of cumin (optional)


For coleslaw:

  • Half a head of green or red cabbage (shredded)
  • 3 carrots (shredded)
  • ⅓ cup of vegan mayo
  • 2 ½ tsp of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp of vegan sugar
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of salt


Toppings (optional):

  • Pineapple rings
  • Lettuce
  • Vegan chipotle sauce/mayonnaise
  • Sliced raw/sauteed onions
  • Vegan cheese


Pulled Jackfruit Prep:

  1. Drain brine or water out of canned jackfruit. Rinse using a colander.
  2. Slice jackfruit pieces thinly and place in a bowl.
  3. Add BBQ sauce, mix thoroughly and let sit.
  4. Meanwhile, sautée onions and garlic for approximately 5 minutes or until translucent. 
  5. Mix in seasoned BBQ jackfruit with onions and garlic.
  6. Continue to cook mixture for 5-8 minutes on medium heat while stirring occasionally.
  7. After 5-8 minutes, check for tenderness and if tender, use a potato masher to achieve a pulled texture. Set aside.



  1. Mix shredded cabbage and carrots together in a bowl.
  2. Add in mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and stir in.


Serve on buns with a side of your choice and watch your kiddos devour every last bite.

Serves: 4


This recipe is so easy and takes minimal prep but the results are amazing! Perfect for summer evenings at a BBQ with friends and family.


Michelle Alvarado I began my vegan journey after becoming pregnant. I initially did it for my/ our health but quickly learned about the horrible treatment of animals that goes on and it turned into a bigger thing than myself. I currently live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, son and shelter pup (she’s 11 but will always be a puppy in my eyes). I went to school for communications but pursued a career in early childhood education and was a preschool teacher for almost a decade. I owe my insight in child development to my hands on experience in the field and hope to utilize it to further the progress of future vegan generations. I am beyond grateful to have found Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting and Raise Vegan, not only for the platform that it has provided me to further the awareness of vegan family resources but for what I have personally gained from it by being a member and from knowing these wonderful women. I look forward to all the amazing things to come as we help pave the way and provide a haven of love an support for vegan families.


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