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Jackfruit “Faux Pulled Pork” Sandwiches

Jackfruit “Faux Pulled Pork” Sandwiches
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The recipe and photography for this post were provided courtesy of our friends at Melissa’s Produce

Who doesn’t love a good pulled pork sandwich. We sure do, and this one looks so delicious you’d never guess it was pork-less! That’s right, this barbecue staple gets a tropical takeover when you swap traditional meat for the hearty texture and beachy flavor of Jackfruit! Give the recipe a try this barbecue season!

Jackfruit “Faux Pulled Pork” Sandwiches

Makes 4 Sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Melissa’s Perfect Sweet Onion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds Jackfruit, use the fibrous part around the pods
  • 4 cups BBQ Sauce, recipe below
  • 4 French Rolls, split in half horizontally
  • Cole Slaw, recipe below


  1. Heat the oil and melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, salt and pepper and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the jackfruit and the BBQ sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. To assemble, lightly toast the rolls and spread equals parts of the jackfruit on each roll. Top the jackfruit with the slaw and serve.

Ingredients (For Traditional BBQ Sauce)

Makes about 4 Cups

  • 1 cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Sweet Onion, caramelized
  • ¾ cup Ketchup
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 cloves Fresh Garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ¾ cup Bourbon Whiskey
  • 5 Roma Tomatoes, roasted
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • ¾ cup Chile Sauce (prepared)
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste

Method (For Traditional BBQ Sauce)

  1. Place all of the BBQ sauce ingredients in a saucepan and stir until well combined. Bring the mix to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Carefully blend the sauce with an immersion blender or in a blender until smooth. Makes about 4 cups.

Ingredients (For the Coleslaw)

Makes about 8-10 Servings 

  • 1 small head Melissa’s Napa Cabbage, shredded
  • 1 head Red Cabbage, shredded
  • 3 Carrots, peeled; shredded
  • 1 Red Onion, sliced thin
  • 6 Melissa’s Mini Cucumbers, ends trimmed; cut into half circle bite-size pieces
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, cored; diced
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • Your favorite Cole Slaw Dressing

Method (For the Coleslaw)

  1. In a large bowl, add the Napa Cabbage and the next 5 ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper, dress with the Cole Slaw Dressing and serve or refrigerate until service.

Jackfruit Faux Pulled Pork Sandwich

Click Here to Print the Full Recipe for Jackfruit Faux Pulled Pork Sandwiches (including BBQ Sauce and Coleslaw.)

Jackfruit “Faux Pulled Pork” Sandwiches

Jackfruit “Faux Pulled Pork” Sandwiches

Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

Recent Reviews

  1. I have tried the jackfruit and it is really good. Have you considered stocking your shelves with canned jackfruit. It would always be available.
    Thank you

    1. Hi there- Great suggestion. We will be sure to pass it along to our Produce Team for consideration. Thank you.

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