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Jackfruit is the perfect plant-based substitute for animal protein in these barbecue jackfruit sliders! Easy, homemade barbecue sauce and fresh pineapple salsa give these sliders the best sweet and spicy flavor.
Jackfruit sliders. There’s a first time for everything, right? Before this recipe, I was totally new to the jackfruit game. Let me tell you, I am hooked! Ben gave this recipe the boyfriend-approval stamp. It is his new favorite meal!
What is jackfruit?
The jackfruit tree is related to the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit species (1). Jackfruit grows in India and other southeast Asian countries, Africa, Brazil, and Suriname. The jackfruit plant produces massive fruit, weighing up to 100 pounds!
Ripe jackfruit tastes similar to pineapple or mango. But when it is unripe, jackfruit has a neutral flavor, like potato. It’s texture is stringy, similar to pulled pork or chicken. Therefore, unripe jackfruit is an excellent meat substitute in savory dishes.
What’s in these barbecue jackfruit sliders?
Thanks to easy, homemade barbecue sauce and pineapple salsa, these jackfruit sliders are crazy flavorful. Plus, the homemade barbecue sauce has no refined sugar. I used Hellmann’s® Real Ketchup in this recipe. This gluten-free ketchup contains just six real, simple and delicious ingredients and is only sweetened with honey! How awesome is that? I love this ketchup because it’s made with non-GMO sourced ingredients and contains no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Main ingredients in these barbecue jackfruit sliders
Barbecue sauce ingredients: tomato paste, Hellmann’s® Real Ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce or tamari, unsweetened applesauce, molasses, honey and spices.
Making homemade barbecue sauce might sound daunting, but it couldn’t be easier! Just mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan, heat, and it’s ready to use.
You’ll have some leftover barbecue sauce from this recipe. Try tossing my favorite crispy tofu in it, or bake up some barbecue salmon!
Barbecue Jackfruit Sliders with Pineapple Salsa (Vegan)
Jackfruit is the perfect plant-based substitute for animal protein in these barbecue jackfruit sliders! Easy homemade barbecue sauce and fresh pineapple salsa give these sliders the best sweet and spicy flavor.