As a vegetarian, I love cooking Ben and Stuart BBQ pulled pork because it smells lovely and they both love it. I was of course jealous though until I got myself together and made BBQ Jackfruit as a vegan pulled pork alternative!

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BBQ jackfruit for weight loss

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this is a great recipe to try.

It is of course important to check yourself for any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

What is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit comes from a tree that is in the same family as the fig tree, mulberry and breadfruit tree. A mature jackfruit tree produces 100-200 fruit per year.

The ripe fruit is sweet but the unripe fruit is perfect for a meat substitute in meals like this bbq jackfruit.

It is vegan and perfect for things like pulled jackfruit. For meals like this, you need young or unripe jackfruit.

Jackfruit infographic

Where can you buy jackfruit?

It is available ready-cooked in cans or raw in cans already chopped up. I have used both for this but the cooked already-pulled one is much easier.

I bought mine from Morrisons here but have also used this raw one from Sainsburys before and it was nice.

When it is cooked it is quite easy to pull apart but if you prefer to use the already cooked and pulled one then go for it, it is easier! It really does make the perfect BBQ pulled jackfruit.


How to cook with jackfruit to make bbq jackfruit

The best way to cook raw jackfruit is slowly in a slow cooker. I tried it once in a bolognese instead of mince but it just didn’t work well as hadn’t got so long to cook.

If you buy the ready-cooked one it is probably great as a meat substitute in anything like this but cooking it yourself in the slow cooker is perfect.

BBQ Jackfruit
BBQ Jackfruit

Why choose jackfruit?

It is a great meat substitute that is full of flavour and loved but meat-eaters and vegetarians/vegans so it is well worth trying.

If you have a vegan or vegetarian in your house then try cooking this for everyone. Read more about jackfruit.

If following Slimming World jackfruit is usually syn free for the plain varieties whereas meals and sauces with it are generally synned. Jackfruit is a great alternative to Quorn, soya and similar alternatives.

Butternut squash cubes
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More jackfruit recipes

This recipe for barbecue jackfruit and pickled walnut wraps looks delicious.

An alternative if you don’t fancy a bbq flavour are these jackfruit tacos.

Check out my selection of Quorn recipes, all perfect for all the family whether vegetarian or not, some are vegan too.

Quorn mince and chicken pieces
Quorn mince and Quorn chicken pieces

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density.

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

More recipes you may enjoy

Here are lots more slow cooker recipes you can try including mushy pea curry and many more. If instead, you are looking for summer recipes have a look at my summer recipes guide.

If you don’t fancy this but would like another recipe with rice check out my huge selection of rice recipes here and check out my tips for cooking the perfect rice!

If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes which are perfect on Slimming World here.

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BBQ Jackfruit

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit – Slimming World friendly recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 Hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 2 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Slow cooker
  • Diet: Low Calorie


This syn free vegan BBQ jackfruit is perfect on Slimming World and great for all the family.



2 x 400g can of shredded jackfruit (strained) OR 3 x 560g can Young Jackfruit or raw jackfruit in brine

75 ml Hendersons Relish

1 tsp Mustard Powder

2 Cloves of Garlic crushed

3 tbsp Granulated Sweetener

2 x 400g can Chopped Tomatoes

45 ml Balsamic Vinegar


Simply strain well the jackfruit and add all ingredients to the slow cooker and mix well.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours

Keywords: Jackfruit, veggie, vegan, pulled pork but vegetarian, Slimming World, slow cooker,

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  1. Have been meaning to try jackfruit for ages… finally got my hands on some and WOW! Perfect recipe. Thanks so much – I’m a convert for sure.