Introduction: Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich With Avocado Cashew Spread

About: I'm a mechanical engineer in the Eindhoven region. In my spare time I like to make random stuff, both usefull and especially useless.

My 8 month old son has a disease which puts him on a strict low-protein diet for the rest of his life. So since his birth we are searching for quality food which will be suitable for him once he's old enough for normal food instead off milk. Jackfruit, is low on protein, so quite suitable for our son. Having said that, this recipe, besides the BBQ jackfruit itself, is not low on protein. But it can be by making your own low-protein buns using special low-protein flour and not using the cashews in the avocado spread.

This dish is a good vegetarian alternative to food like pulled pork. You have tons of options in your seasoning and side dishes. And since jackfruit, in it's unripe form, has a bit of a meaty texture and takes flavors really well, probably even the BBQ meat-lovers will enjoy this BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich. I myself like a good BBQ, but this recipe probably replaced pulled pork since the first time we had it.

Recipe serves four.

Step 1: Ingredients

BBQ jackfruit:

  • 2 cans of jackfruit
  • BBQ seasoning:
    • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon (smoked) paprika
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/1 teaspoon peper
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup water

Avocado spread:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup cashew
  • 1 romaine lettuce
  • optionally: lime juice


  • 4 rustic (whole grain) buns
  • 1 romaine lettuce
  • 2 red onions

Step 2: BBQ Jackfruit

  • Drain the jackfruit and cut away the core ('hard' middle parts) of the jackfruit.
  • Pull / shred the jackfruit, you should be able to do this by hand.
  • Squeeze the jackfruit to make it as dry as possible.
  • Add the premixed seasoning and thoroughly mix it with the jackfruit.
  • Heat you skillet, add some oil / butter and cook the shredded jackfruit until it gets almost crispy and a nice brown color. (I added an additional bell peper this time, but I like it better without.)
  • Add the BBQ sauce and water and leave it on a low to medium heat for at least 5 minutes. Add more water if necessary.


Longer cooking time make for a more intense / rich taste. Or put it on a high heat in the end for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3: Avocado Spread

  • Blend the cashews until very fine.
  • Blend the avocado together with the romaine lettuce.
  • Mix the two together and your are finished.
  • Optionally you can add a little bit of lime juice to taste.


The cashews are blended separately from the avocado and lettuce because they get a texture between flour and a paste. So when blended at the same time as the avocado and lettuce, the spread thickens too much which makes it hard to blend.

Step 4: Build Your Bun

Almost time to enjoy this healthy recipe. So build your bun and ENJOY!!

  • Cut your onions in half rings.
  • Cut the second romaine lettuce in quarters and grill on high heat in approximately 2 minutes.
  • Cut the buns in half.
  • Add the ingredients in the next order:
    • good amount of avocado spread
    • BBQ jackfruit
    • grilled lettuce
    • onion rings


If the people eating it don't like the 'sharp' taste of the onions, you can cook them for a minute in a bit of oil.

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