A Pulled Pork Sandwich for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Everyone Else


Maybe you’ve long been a fan of jackfruit tacos when hosting vegetarian dinner guests. Maybe you’ve seen cans of the stuff in Trader Joe’s aisles and contemplated adding one or two to your haul. Maybe you’ve never even heard of it. A trending substitute for meat, this staple shreds much like pulled pork, thanks to its chewy texture.


Serving as a blank canvas, chefs doctor it up with spices (cayenne, paprika, and mustard seeds are a good place to start) or sauce—or in the case of Chef Thomas Boemer, of the award-winning Corner Table and Revival in Minneapolis, a three time James Beard nominee for “Best Chef of Midwest”—both. Fire up the grill, and get ready to add the hearty jak into your dinner rotation.

Chef Thomas Boemer’s Grilled Jackfruit Sandwich

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Prep time

15 minutes min.

Cook time

30 minutes min.

  • 6 sandwich rolls
  • 4 20 oz canned jackfruit chunks
  • 2 tbsp vegetable, canola, or olive oil
  • For rub: 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup salt, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp paprika, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground clove, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, save 2 tbsp of the rub for the sauce.
  • For sauce: 1/2 cup sweet potato purée, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 2 tbsp rub
  • Optional: Pickles, kimchi or your favorite slaw for toppings
To make rub: Combine all dry ingredients.
Remove jackfruit from can and drain all liquid.
Coat the jackfruit with oil and rub making sure to reserve 2 tablespoons of the rub for the sauce.
Grill the jackfruit over hardwood or charcoal at high temperature allowing the rub to caramelize and the jackfruit to lose some of its moisture.
Add all sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Remove the hearts and any seeds from the jackfruit hearts and dress with the sauce.
Placed the grilled jackfruit in the sandwich roll or bread and top with pickles, kimchi or your favorite slaw.