Yield: 4-6 servings

Green jackfruit is often referred to as the vegetarian’s meat. It is the fruit of a tree native to Asia. When green jackfruit cooks, it begins to pull apart, taking on an appearance similar to pulled pork. The hardest part of this recipe is finding canned green jackfruit (available in most Asian markets).



  1. Rinse the green jackfruit thoroughly.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on medium heat for 4–5 hours. Jackfruit will begin to fall apart and have the consistency of pulled pork.
  3. After cooking for 4–5 hours, use a fork to pull apart the fruit and stir thoroughly.
  4. Turn the slow cooker to low heat and cook for another 1–2 hours.


  • Make this recipe your own with whatever barbecue sauce you decide to use. It’s really up to you, since there are so many barbecue flavors available. Be sure to choose sauces with no added oils and a low sodium content.
  • This recipe gets better the longer you cook it. The jackfruit falls apart like tender pulled pork and absorbs flavor perfectly. In fact, we like it better as leftovers!
  • Serve this recipe on a whole wheat bun and top with coleslaw. This goes perfectly with baked sweet potato fries!

From a creative team that includes the producer and writer of Forks Over Knives, the documentary film PlantPure Nation captures the inspiring story of plant-based nutrition’s impact on a small town in the rural South and the effort to bring about historic political change. As the film’s official companion cookbook, The PlantPure Nation Cookbook brings this powerful, science-based approach to nutrition from the big screen to your kitchen with some of the same mouthwatering recipes that kick-started the revolution, promoting the health benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet. Recipes are reprinted from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook by arrangement with BenBella Books. Copyright © 2015, Kim Campbell.
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