Tailgate but make it vegan

In honor of the Super Bowl this weekend, I’m bringing you a BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwich and french fries (IYKYK!). My husband and I started eating a more plant based diet almost three years ago as part of our wedding diet! I’d say we adhere to the 80/20 rule. During the week, I really don’t cook with meat, but on the weekends or when we order out, I’m not opposed to a juicy burger, a fancy steak, or good seafood. Sometimes, as an added challenge we’d go 100% plant based (vegan).

To kickoff 2021, we joined the Veganuary challenge! I’ll be rounding out our favorite recipes in an upcoming post, but you get a sneak peek today with the BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwich.

We’ve made jackfruit in soups and we’ve smothered it in bbq sauce. It absorbs flavor well and has a good meaty flavor. This recipe requires very minimal ingredients. I love the canned green jackfruit at Trader Joe’s so I can prepare it however I choose, but we’ve been having our groceries delivered with Whole Foods/Amazon since last March. The only jackfruit available is packaged in bbq sauce. I had some leftover cabbage (coleslaw mix) from a previous recipe (included on the upcoming roundup) and some russet potatoes that I threw in the air fryer with some spices. Threw the meat alternative on some honey wheat buns and topped it with a vegan cabbage mix. Recipe from traderjoes.com is below, let me know if you try this 🙂

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Serves: 6 – 8

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time: 25 – 30 Minutes


  • 2 cans TJ’s Green Jackfruit in Brine
  • 1 1/2 cups TJ’s Organic Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon TJ’s Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Water
  • 1 package TJ’s Honey Wheat Hamburger Buns
  • 1 TJ’s Yellow Onion, diced, for garnish
  • 1 bag TJ’s Organic Shredded Green & Red Cabbage with Orange Carrots
  • 1/4 cup TJ’s Mayonnaise (or TJ’s Greek Yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup TJ’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • TJ’s Salt & Pepper, to taste


Prepare Pulled Jackfruit: Drain jackfruit and pat dry. Partially shred jackfruit chunks into smaller pieces. In a sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add jackfruit and sauté for five minutes. Add BBQ sauce and water to pan and stir to evenly coat jackfruit. Cover pan and simmer on medium-low heat, 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally and pulling jackfruit apart as it becomes tender.

Prepare Tangy Cole Slaw: While jackfruit cooks, in a large bowl, toss cabbage blend with mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Prepare Sandwiches: Place a scoop of pulled jackfruit on the bottom of a bun. Top with diced onions, coleslaw, and bun top. Eat and repeat until satisfied!

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