Barbecue Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich

Using slow-cooked jackfruit as a substitute for pulled pork, this vegan sandwich is a brilliant comfort food dish, complete with spiced vegetables and barbecue sauce.

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The classic street food sandwich, with spicy veggies and barbecue sauce, make a delicious, healthy lunch. The role of “pulled pork” is played by jackfruit – a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine.


560g can of green jackfruit in water or brine (see Tip, below)
2 tbsp olive oil
sea salt
2 garlic cloves
150g (5½oz) vegan barbecue sauce, plus extra for the sandwich
freshly ground black pepper
4 slices of bread
4 lettuce leaves
1 tomato, sliced
1 small red onion, finely sliced


1. Put the jackfruit into a sieve, let it drain well, then rinse under cold water and let it drain once again. Carefully shred into rough pieces. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the jackfruit for 3–4 minutes over a medium heat, then season with salt. Peel and crush the garlic and sauté this briefly too. Add the barbecue sauce, stir, then cover and leave to simmer over a low heat for 1 hour. Give it a stir every so often and, if necessary, splash in some water. Season to taste with salt and pepper, remove from the hob, and leave to infuse for 12 hours.

2. Briefly toast the sliced bread under the grill or in the toaster then spread with a little bit of barbecue sauce. Top 2 pieces of bread with 1 lettuce leaf each. Arrange the tomato, onion, and some jackfruit “pulled pork” on top, then drizzle with barbecue sauce. Top with the remaining lettuce leaves and cover with the other slices of bread. Wrap the sandwiches in cling film to take with you.

Tip: You can buy canned jackfruit in Asian stores. It’s really important for this recipe to get young, green jackfruit in water or brine, and not preserved in syrup!

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