Healthy BBQ: Jackfruit Sliders

Jackfruit sliders are a tasty dish for people looking to eat a diet lower in saturated fat and cholesterol. Jackfruit is a tropical, meat-free ingredient that can be found in a can at any Asian market. Thank you to Vegan Grand Rapids for introducing me to the very versatile jackfruit!

Jackfruit Sliders

Makes 12 sliders


  • 2 16 ounce cans of young green jackfruit in brine, drained
  • 2 cups Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue sauce or homemade barbecue sauce
  • 12 Buns, gluten-free
  • 24 pickle slices, for garnish
  • 1/4 C yellow mustard
  • 1/4 C pommary mustard
  • 1/4 C Dijon mustard


Drain the brine from the jackfruit and shred it with a fork. Place the shredded jackfruit in a bowl and mix in the barbecue sauce. In a fry pan, heat the marinated jackfruit until warmed through. Make the sliders by placing a few tablespoons of marinated jackfruit into each bun. Serve with pickles and an assortment of mustards. Stack ‘em high and enjoy.

Notes: Jackfruit and barbecue sauce will hold up well in a slow cooker too.

Homemade BBQ Sauce
Makes 2 cups


  • 1 C Tomato sauce
  • 1/4 C Brown sugar
  • 2 T Molasses
  • 1 T Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) or soy sauce
  • 1 T Lemon juice
  • 1/4 t Each: Onion powder, Garlic powder, Mustard powder, Turmeric powder, Paprika powder (sweet or smoked)
  • 1/4 t Tabasco pepper sauce
  • 1/4 t Liquid smoke, natural
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Pour into a storage container and refrigerate.