Veggie sloppy joes with homemade barbecue sauce

Have you heard about jackfruit? It’s all the rage on the internet because it’s a great substitute for pulled pork or chicken in terms of texture. It shreds perfectly and is great for so many recipes!

I couldn’t find jackfruit at my normal grocery store, but randomly found a can when I was at an Indian food store looking for Garam Masala. I decided I wanted to first try a sloppy joe recipe with jackfruit. This seems to be one of the most popular uses.

I also wanted to use this opportunity to make my own barbecue sauce. Barbecue sauce is one of those items that you really can’t buy a healthy version of. I discovered this while using my new favorite app, Fooducate! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a free app that lets you scan items in the store. It then tells you how healthy they are on a A-F scale, and recommends healthier options for you. Barbecue sauce, as well as other condiments like ketchup, really don’t come in very healthy options. So, I plan on posting a few more of these types of recipes for condiments in the future!

The following recipe is perfect and very easy indeed! Enjoy!


Veggie sloppy joes with homemade barbecue sauce (sauce adapted from Farmgirl Fare)
1 large can jackfruit
1 red pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder

4 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp onion powder
4 tbsp honey or agave
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cans tomato paste (6 oz)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp miso, mix with water to make a paste
Pepper to taste
3 cups water

  1. Drain and wash the jackfruit. Squeeze out the water in the jackfruit with your hands.
  2. Heat a large sauce pan sprayed with olive oil. Add jackfruit and red pepper. Sprinkle on spices. Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add in garlic and heat for 30 seconds, or just until fragrant.
  4. Add in the rest of the sauce ingredients to the pan. Stir until sauce & veggies are combined.
  5. Add the water and bring the sauce to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thick (about 30 minutes).
  6. Serve on whole wheat buns!

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