Carolina-Style BBQ Jackfruit Sliders with Apple Slaw
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Spicy, delicious Carolina-Style BBQ Jackfruit Sliders. Hearty, meaty vegan sliders topped with avocado and sweet apple slaw, the perfect compliment to the vinegar based sauce!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan, BBQ
Serves: 8 sliders
  • 3 20oz cans of jackfruit in water
  • 1 white or yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • vegan slider buns
  • ½ cup Carolina-style BBQ sauce, plus more for the sandwiches
  • Apple Slaw
  • 2 apples
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 large avocados
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 3 teaspoons organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Open and drain the cans of jackfruit. Trim the tough core from the jackfruit pieces and remove the seeds. Cut the jackfruit into very small triangle shapes. This will help the jackfruit get the stringy, pulled texture.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil on medium high. Sauté the onion for 1-2 minutes until it becomes slightly translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the jackfruit, then add the vinegar, brown sugar, worcestershire, liquid smoke, and dry spices. Mix well.
  3. Pour the vegetable broth into the skillet, reduce heat to medium, and cover. Cook the jackfruit until all the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes, stirring often and mashing the jackfruit pieces until the mixture becomes stringy and resembles pulled pork.
  4. On a lined or greased baking sheet, spread the jackfruit in an even layer. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then take the pan out and pour the Carolina-style BBQ sauce over the jackfruit. Stir well until evenly combined and if desired, use a fork to shred the bbq pulled jackfruit even further. The smaller the pieces are, the chewier and more delicious they will be.
  5. Place the pan back in the oven for another 20 minutes and get to work on the avocado slaw. (Recipe below) Assemble the sliders with a scoop of Carolina-style BBQ Pulled Jackfruit, apple slaw, and a drizzle of sauce. This recipe makes 8 sliders, with leftover slaw.
  6. Apple Slaw- Peel the apples and julienne the apple into matchstick sized pieces. In a medium bowl, mash one large avocado. Set the other aside to top the sliders.
  7. Add the apple matchsticks and remaining ingredients to the mashed avocado. Stir to combine.
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