spicy BBQ jackfruit with Cashew Dill Ranch Coleslaw

Spicy BBQ Jackfruit with Dill Cashew Coleslaw


Jackfruit is the best find ever.  With its neutral flavor, meaty texture, and its flavor absorption ability, the possibilities are endless.  This Spicy BBQ Jackfruit was an attempt at a different recipe, but it turned out so incredible, that we had to share with you.  We made it into a sandwich and topped it with a Dill Cashew Coleslaw – which was delicious and creamy.  The BEST Spicy BBQ Jackfruit with Dill Cashew Coleslaw recipe ever!

How to Prepare the Jackfruit

The Young Jackfruit, which is best for this recipe comes in a can and is typically in a brine. In order to neutralize the flavor, we empty the young canned jackfruit into a colander, rinse it, shred it with our hands, and then rinse it again thoroughly. This step of preparing the jackfruit helps to neutralize the flavor and reduce the briny taste that can linger. To see this preparation in full, watch the video below. 

Enjoy the Recipe Video too! 

Spicy BBQ Jackfruit

Spicy BBQ Jackfruit

Spicy BBQ Jackfruit

Perfect spice and sweetness to take this jackfruit to the next level.


Spicy BBQ Sauce

  • 3/4 cut ketchup
  • 3-6 tablespoon Franks red hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan (Annie's) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 tablespoon Dijon
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon Beefree Honee
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Spicy BBQ Jackfruit

  • 2 17 oz cans of young jackfruit, in water
  • 1 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, below
  • Dill Cashew Ranch Coleslaw, below
  • Pickle slices
  • rolls, bread, or pitas


  1. Mix all BBQ Sauce Ingredients, set aside
  2. Drain jackfruit, shred the jackfruit pieces with your hands (that is the easiest) and rinse very well - this is a crucial step to achieve the best flavor.  
  3. Simmer shredded jackfruit in BBQ sauce in a large (3 qt) covered saute pan for 20-30 minutes. The jackfruit will absorb the liquid and will become thicker and drier.
  4. Serve on toasted buns or pitas with coleslaw, additional BBQ sauce, and pickles.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 g
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Yup! So, you should totally grab some jackfruit and make this Spicy BBQ Jackfruit with Dill Cashew Coleslaw, because it was incredible!  We get ours from our local oriental market, but I have heard Trader Joe’s has it too. We hope you enjoy this plant-based recipe.  Be sure to #veginspiredfoodie with your recreation!