Barbecued Jackfruit (aka Vegan “Pulled Pork”) In Your Instant Pot Or On Your Stovetop


This Barbecue Jackfruit recipe will have your most plant-resistant carnivorous friends amazed they are not actually eating barbecue pulled pork! Simple to make, this recipe comes together in less than twenty minutes. Try it with my delicious Homemade Barbecue Sauce prepared on your stovetop or in your Instant Pot. It is the perfect barbecue sauce for this dish. Barbecue Jackfruit is especially good served on an Avocado Brioche Burger Bun.

We will be making Barbecue Jackfruit two ways, on the stovetop and with an Instant Pot. Both methods only take about fifteen minutes from start to finish.

YIELD: 4 Cups


2 16-oz cans green (aka young) jackfruit in brine
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoon Southwestern Chili Powder blend
1 Tablespoon paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle chili powder (optional)
2 – 3 Tablespoons liquid smoke
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 ½ cups Homemade Barbecue Sauce  (You may substitute commercial BBQ sauce, but you’ll be missing out!)



With your thumb and forefinger pull the wedges of jackfruit apart until it resembles pulled pork. Cover with cold water to rinse out some of the brine. Drain, rinse and drain again.

Transfer to a covered skillet or sauté pan.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Serve hot on a bun or as a side dish.

Instant Pot:

With a fork pull the wedges of jackfruit apart until it resembles pulled pork. Cover with cold water to rinse out some of the brine. Drain, rinse and drain again.

Transfer to an Instant Pot liner. Add remaining ingredients and place into Instant Pot. Close steam vent. Cook on Manual High for 0 minutes. Instant release.

Serve hot on a bun or as a side dish.

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The Instant Pot is the newest craze and for a good reason. It significantly reduces cooking time and requires very little babysitting. You can program it to have dinner ready for you when you get home from work. You can place soy milk and a probiotic in it at night in glass jars and awake with a week’s worth of fresh yogurt. It is a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, a dough proofer, and a rice maker all in one. You can even sauté in it and bring water to a boil.

The Instant Pot Duo 60 is the most versatile in my view.  I have both the six-quart and the eight-quart. I find the six-quart to be the best size unless you are feeding a large family. It easily handles meals that will feed a family of six and takes up less counter space than the eight-quart. The larger Instant Pot takes longer to come up to pressure, which can be frustrating if you are only cooking for one or two persons.  Be sure to get one with a yogurt function. Look for sales. Amazon offers them periodically at terrific discounted prices. 

This is a good basic set that will serve most of your needs.

This is an extra piece of All-Clad I have found very useful. It is not a part of a set.

I finally broke down after nearly 30 years of marriage and bought a nice set of All Clad. I can’t believe it took me that long to appreciate the pleasure of preparing food with high-quality cookware. I wish I had done it 30 years ago. Mine is Five-Ply (called D-5) and I chose to purchase only the pieces I knew I would use. My sister has the Tri-Ply and she is perfectly happy with hers, which she bought as a large set. There are several pieces in her set she has never used. I probably paid more for mine as single items, but I have what I need and nothing cluttering up my cabinets. There is no reason you can’t make delicious meals with less expensive products. But once you decide to upgrade, All Clad is the way to go in my opinion. (I would never dream of putting my All Clad in a dishwasher.) If taken care of, these will last you a lifetime and will significantly add to the pleasure of your culinary experiences. 

I’ve added an extra piece below the set that I have found to be very useful. It is not part of a set and must be ordered separately.

I use these bamboo spatulas for nearly all my stirring needs. They are environmentally friendly, light weight, non-toxic, and gentle on my pans. I’ve been using them for years and have never had one wear out. They also don’t ding up the edges of my pots and pans when I tap them on the rims to remove sauce, batter, or other foodstuffs. While I sometimes also use wooden spoons, I particularly like this product, especially its shape which is very useful for scraping around a pan. Unlike wood, it is also slightly flexible.

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