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One of the best ways to enjoy warm weather is having a BBQ with close friends and delicious food. While it can be difficult to enjoy the barbecue flavor on a plant-based diet, these Vegan Jackfruit BBQ Ribs offer a tasty and simple alternative to a summer staple. Enjoy your ribs cruelty-free, guilt-free, and sustainably!


What do vegans eat at a BBQ?


While the smell of meat may be lacking, it's really all about the sauces and marinades, right? Well, if plant-based eaters have one thing down with cooking, it's the mastery of spices. 


Most foods you might think can't be created without meat or dairy have long been discovered, experimented with, and perfected. Here's a few homemade vegan options that you may like to try.


What is Jackfruit?


Jackfruit is a tropical fruit grown in regions such as Brazil and Africa. When ripe, this amazing fruit tastes sweet and can be eaten like any of your other favorite fruits. 


However, it is the unripe Jackfruit that has become a sensation in the vegan community due to its versatile mild flavor and shreddable meat-like texture




Why is Jackfruit a popular alternative?


The answer is simple: Jackfruit quickly absorbs any seasoning or marinade you choose, making it easy to enjoy all of your favorite savory flavors with just one main ingredient.


While Jackfruit provides many health benefits, it is surprisingly low in protein. Consider plant-based proteins such as beans, lentils, or quinoa, as a side dish to complement your delicious Jackfruit BBQ Ribs.


Is Jackfruit good for you?


The short answer is yes! Jackfruit is jam-packed with essential nutrients to support your digestive system, immune system, nervous system, and more. Make sure your canned Jackfruit comes in water or brine to avoid sneaky added sugars.


Jackfruit contains high volumes of the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Magnesium 
  • Fiber

Looking for some amazing recipes to go with your summer BBQ & Jackfruit Ribs? 



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Please comment below to share your experiences with this recipe or other Jackfruit ideas you enjoy! You can even share your plant-based recipes on our ➡️Share Your Recipe⬅️ page with the Assuaged community!

Vegan Jackfruit BBQ Ribs

Vegan Jackfruit BBQ Ribs

Yield: 4-5
prep time: 10 M cook time: 1 H 10 M total time: 1 H 20 M



How to cook Vegan Jackfruit BBQ Ribs

  1. Start by soaking bamboo or popsicle sticks in warm water for about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse jackfruit well. Then steam, or boil with bay leaves and a pinch of salt, for 10-15 minutes, until very tender. Shred with a fork and discard any tough pieces. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients together then add the cooled jackfruit, coconut aminos, vegetable stock, and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt. Mix together until a dough forms and then knead it for bout 5 minutes until it begins to holds together well. Add a little extra wheat gluten if the dough seems too moist or a little splash of water if it is too dry.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 °F and grill to medium heat, and prep large baking dish with parchment paper.
  5. Mold your Jackfruit Ribs in a loaf pan about one inch thick then slice in half to manage more easily.
  6. Push the soaked popsicle sticks through the dough spacing about one inch apart.
  7. Place ribs on the grill once heated and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until defined charred grill marks are visible.
  8. Spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce on top of ribs, then flip over and place in lined baking dish for easier clean up later.
  9. Spread another thin layer of sauce on top and cover before placing in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  10. Brush surface with more BBQ sauce, then carefully flip the ribs using a pair of kitchen tongues. Be a little more generous with sauce on the final layer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes longer.
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before cutting into your Vegan Jackfruit BBQ Ribs with a serrated knife. You may forget it isn't meat!
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