Feed four for £5 - how to cook barbecue jackfruit

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The next recipe in our Feed four for £5 series is barbecue jackfruit, a delicious vegan dish.

Barbecue jackfruit


One tin of jackfruit
One pack of onions
Barbecue sauce
One tin of tomatoes
Two apples
Seasoning and from the store cupboard: oil, seasoning, vinegar, sugar, mustard, chilli, garlic and spices of your choice 


  • Make sure your areas are clean and tidy and wash your hands before you start
  • Peel and finely dice the onion. Remember to leave the core on the onion to minimise the effect of your eyes watering
  • Finley chop or grate two cloves of garlic
  • Drain the jackfruit from the brine (discard brine)
  • Put a few tablespoons of vegetable or sunflower oil in a pan
  • Add crushed garlic - (dried, fresh or pre prepared garlic prepared will work)
  • Add sliced onion and allow to cook until it is soft and caramelised (super sweet, with a golden-brown colour)
  • Add the jackfruit and use your cooking utensil to break the pieces down - don’t be afraid to be rough breaking the jackfruit down into a 'pulled texture'
  • At this point you can add the seasoning of your choice: salt, pepper, chilli, garlic, any spices
  • Add tinned tomatoes and allow to reduce - plum tomatoes are usually cheaper than pre chopped, and you can always break them down with your cooking utensil
  • Add grated fresh apple - if you don’t have apples, a pear will also taste amazing
  • When the jackfruit is broken down and a string-like texture, add the barbecue sauce and a tablespoon of vinegar
  • For an extra sticky finish, you can add a spoon of sugar, syrup or honey

Serving suggestion: serve in a panini, jacket potato, with tortilla chips, pizza topping or as an enchilada filling with rice in a wrap and with cheese. Jackfruit is really versatile and can be used in curries, chillis, jerked seasoning, etc.

This recipe is easy to freeze for a maximum of three months if you make a larger batch.


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  • Thanks very much.

    Even though I've been to Asia quite a few times, I've never thought of using jackfruit at home.

    'Nice one!