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The Best Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

Authentically smokey, slightly sweet, tender with crispy bits and everything else you love about bbq!

The Best Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

Back in my pre-vegan days I absolutely loved going to bbq's. There's something about the smokey aroma of grilled food that perks up my senses and makes me salivate and want to go run and grab a paper plate and get in line at the grill. Lol. Thankfully, being vegan doesn't mean that I can't still enjoy all of the nostalgia of good old bbq. For this recipe I wanted to really get the best out of my jackfruit so I decided to take my time with the cooking process. I used my Instant Pot to help tenderize and infuse flavor into the jackfruit. I also used my oven to help dry out the jackfruit a bit and create the crispy tender bits. I find that using both of those methods help create an incredibly authentic texture and flavor.


Choosing the right jackfruit

I despise using fresh jackfruit. I find it sticky and stinky. It's way too much work for me. I always use young green jackfruit canned in water if I can find it. If I can't get it canned in water I will grab a couple of cans of Young Green Jackfruit in brine from Trader Joe's.

Creating Authentic Flavor

When it comes to creating authentic bbq flavor there are a few essential flavor elements that you must have. Smokiness and sweetness. To create smokey flavor I like to use liquid smoke. You can find liquid smoke in most grocery stores in the same section as all of the other spices. A little goes a long way and you will be amazed at how authentically smokey your food will taste when you use it. It is literally like bbq in a bottle. When it comes to the sweetness brown sugar is another essential ingredient. It's in just about every bbq sauce and bbq rub. It also helps with browning and creating those classic crispy burnt bits.

The Cooking Method

This is one of those recipes that requires patience, but that doesn't mean that it requires you to slave all day in the kitchen. I was able to throw everything in the Instant Pot and relax for 35 minutes while the Instant Pot tenderized and enhanced the flavor of the jackfruit. Once it was done I scooped out the jackfruit and placed it on a sheet pan and cooked it in the oven preheated to 450* for 45 minutes making sure to toss the jackfruit about half way through the cooking time. Once the 45 minutes was up I poured a little bbq sauce mixture on it and put the oven on broil for about 7-10 minutes to help get it nice and crispy. Then I used a fork to shred the jackfruit before serving. So even though it took some time I didn't really put too much effort into it.


Cook Time: 2 hours

Makes 4 servings


  • 5 cans of jackfruit drained and rinse

  • 1-1/2 tbs of garlic powder

  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika

  • 2 tbs of onion powder

  • 1 tbs of mustard powder

  • 1-1/2 tsp of chipotle powder

  • 2 tbs of brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper

  • 1 tbs of salt

  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp of liquid smoke

  • 2 cups of veggie stock or broth

  • 1/4 cup of your favorite bbq sauce


  1. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients except the veggie broth and toss to make sure everything is well coated.

  2. Now pour the vegetable broth into your Instant Pot and add in the jackfruit. Place the lid on and make sure the pressure valve is locked and press the meat/stew button (The setting last for 35 minutes).

  3. Once the Instant Pot begins to release steam preheat the oven to 450*.

  4. Now use a slotted spoon to scoop out the jackfruit without the liquid and place it onto a large preferably non stick sheet pan and place into the oven on the middle rack.

  5. *Optional Step I stirred about 1/2 cup of bbq sauce into the leftover liquid from the Instant Pot. I find traditional bbq sauce a bit to thick. This gives the sauce more flavor and makes the sauce thinner and easy to pour onto the jackfruit at the end.

  6. Place the sheet pan onto the middle oven rack and cook for about 60 minutes. Making sure to stir the jackfruit after about 30 minutes. You will notice that most of the liquid has cooked away and it will start to get crispy.

  7. Now drizzle the jackfruit with about 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and toss again.

  8. Turn the oven on broil and cook for an additional 7-10 minutes or until you see crispy/burnt pieces.

  9. Remove the pan from the oven an use a fork to shred the jackfruit.

  10. Now you can add on your desired additional amount of bbq sauce.


Just toss the ingredients into the Instant Pot and put it on the Meat/Stew setting.

The Best Vegan Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

After cooking it in the Instant Pot. Remove it an add it to a large sheet pan or cast iron skillet and bake it at 450* until it dries out and starts to get crispy. Once it's done you can use a fork to shred the jackfruit.

The Best Vegan Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

After shredding the jackfruit you can add more bbq sauce if you want!

The Best Vegan Pulled BBQ Jackfruit



Hey I'm Shantelle!


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