Jackfruit Barbecue Sandwiches with Broccoli Slaw

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  • Makes 6 sandwiches (3 cups filling + 2 cups slaw)
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Jackfruit has a meaty texture that soaks up flavors from an easy homemade barbecue sauce to make this classic-style sandwich. Shredded broccoli and mashed avocado make for a creamy, crunchy slaw.

Note: Canned jackfruit can be full of sodium. Check labels and select the brand with the lowest amount of sodium, or look for frozen jackfruit and thaw before using.

By Shelli McConnell,


  • ½ of a small avocado, seeded and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 3 cups shredded broccoli slaw mix
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions (green onions)
  • 1⅓ cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 3 pitted whole dates
  • 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 14-oz. can green jackfruit, rinsed, drained, and chopped
  • 1 cup cooked farro
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted


  • For slaw, in a large bowl mash together avocado and lime juice. Add broccoli slaw mix and scallions; stir to combine. Cover and let stand while preparing filling.
  • For filling, in a blender combine the next six ingredients (through pepper). Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into a medium saucepan. Stir in jackfruit and farro. Cover and heat through over medium, stirring occasionally.
  • Spoon jackfruit mixture into buns. Top with slaw.

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Elizabeth Johnson

I have a fresh jacket fruit. Do I put the white shredds and the yellow fruit? Or just one?

Lisa, Forks Over Knives Support

Hi Elizabeth, While we haven't tested this recipe with fresh jackfruit you are welcome to try it. Fresh jackfruit is often riper, and therefore more sweet than canned jackfruit. You would use the white flesh for this. Good luck!


Amazing ! The broccoli slaw is so good I could eat buckets full of it. The BBQ sauce was so easy as was cooking the faro/jack fruit mixture. Just a great easy recipe with easy ti find ingredients at grocery store.


I live in eastern Canada. I have never seen jackfruit..canned or freash… for sale here.

Susie Songe



We did not care for the flavors of this recipe. Warming the tomato sauce with the other ingredients left it tasting bitter and with unmelded flavors. Completely different result when compared to BBQ which is simmered a while. The slaw was tasteless, in our opinion.


I enjoyed this. Never had jackfruit before. Nice treat for 4th of July.


I subbed brown rice and it was delicious. I will shred the jackfruit next time before adding it to the skillet! And I’d recommend doubling the recipe. Delicious!


I am new to a plant based diet and this was my first recipe. I loved it! THANK YOU!


This is a easy recipe to make and is delicious. I used 1 date so it wasn’t too sweet. The sauce doesn’t remind me of a traditional bbq, but it is very good with the slaw on top! The flavors are very complimentary.

Teri Persico

Three pitted dates equals 48 Grams of SUGAR. Albeit natural but not sure I want any...can I leave them out? I noticed in cookbook FOK uses lots of of maple syrup...that's sugar too. I am pre-diabetic so think this is not a good thing but can someone confirm? Additionally, the last time I did a raw foods awhile back the smoothies called for dates and I started putting on lots of weight...I am wanting to take weight off.

MaryEllen Bunce

Might I suggest you look into PCRM and their diabetes program. It’s a more targeted approach. It will also help you to understand why sugar isn’t the source of diabetes.

Rose Mary Heidenreich

It looks delicious


The recipe for the broccoli slaw do you have it or can I find it somewhere without buying it from the store?

Karen Sher

I buy organic broccoli slaw at Trader Joe’s!


You could use cabbage slaw.


What can I sub for farro?


I was wondering the same thing. Mayne quinoa or brown rice?


I substituted barley. Was good.


Brown rice


This was so delish!!! I added a bit more garlic and some chipotle for extra kick and we devoured it! Mouth watering good.


The recipes should be one for the slaw and one for the jackfruit. Combined as it is here is slightly confusing.

Kerry Brown

I agree. I find this a lot with FOK recipes.


Jackfruit comes in a can; you don't need a recipe for that. Broccoli slaw can be chopped or grated broccoli with cabbage & carrot, & maybe onion if you like it.


Jackfruit is so tasty and works really well with BBQ flavors. We added an extra clove of garlic and used 2 tsp chili powder for a bit more punch.

Rochelle Krieghoff

Can I substitute bulgar #2 for the farro? Thank you!

Courtney Davison

Hi Rochelle, Cooked bulgur should work fine in place of farro. If you do give it a try, please let us know how it turns out. Thanks! Courtney, editor Forks Over Knives

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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens test kitchen before moving into an editorial position within DotDash Meredith. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. McConnell loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen. Find her on LinkedIn.
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