Green jackfruit is often referred to as the vegetarian's meat. It is the fruit of a tree native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. When green jackfruit cooks and softens, it begins to pull apart, taking on an appearance similar to pulled pork. The hardest part of this recipe is finding canned green jackfruit (available in most Asian markets). You can occasionally find fresh green jackfruit, but it's extremely messy, sticky, and difficult to cut.


Prep time    5 minutes  

Cook time   6 hours    

Yield               4-6 servings



  • Two 20-ounce cans green jackfruit in water, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (oil free and without high fructose corn syrup)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, medium diced
  • 4-6 whole wheat buns


  1. Rinse the Green Jackfruit thoroughly.

  2. Place all the ingredients in a crockpot and cook on medium heat for 4-5 hours. After cooking for 4-5 hours, use a fork to pull apart the fruit and stir thoroughly.

  3. Turn the crockpot to low and cook for another 1-2 hours.

✏️ Tips & Hints

  • Make this recipe your own with whatever barbecue sauce you decide to use. It's really up to you, since there are so many barbecue flavors available Be sure to choose sauces with no added oils and a low sodium content.

  • This recipe gets better the longer you cook it. The jackfruit falls apart like tender pulled pork and absorbs flavor perfectly. In fact, we like it better as leftovers!

  • Serve this recipe on a whole wheat bun and top with coleslaw. This goes perfectly with baked sweet potato fries.