Get ready for the explosion of flavor in these sliders! Tenderized jackfruit is slathered in mustard-style BBQ sauce, topped with tangy-sweet apple slaw avocado, and then neatly piled into soft buns. A little spicy, a little sweet, very delicious.

Carolina BBQ Jackfruit Sliders With Apple Slaw [Vegan]


8 sliders



For the Sliders:

  • 3 20-ounce cans of jackfruit in water
  • 1 white or yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 4 garlic cloves, 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
  • 1/2 cup Carolina-style BBQ sauce, plus more for the sandwiches

For the Apple Slaw:

  • 2 apples
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 large avocados
  • Juice from 1/2 of 1 lemon
  • 3 teaspoons organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper


To Make the Sliders:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 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, vegan Worcestershire sauce, 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 BBQ jackfruit, apple slaw, and a drizzle of sauce. This recipe makes 8 sliders, with leftover slaw.

To Make the Apple Slaw:

  1. Peel the apples and julienne them into matchstick-sized pieces. In a medium bowl, mash one large avocado. Set the other aside to top the sliders.
  2. Add the apple matchsticks and remaining ingredients to the mashed avocado. Stir to combine.