Before going vegan, my favourite thing to order from the famous Canadian fast food chain, Pizza Pizza, was the spicy BBQ chicken pizza. I loved the sweet BBQ sauce they used and they topped it with plenty of hot pickled peppers. You wouldn’t expect much from a place like Pizza Pizza, but I thought it was mind blowing.
Since this is The Jackfruit Vegan, we have to use jackfruit in one of these recipes, so why not today! I had heard of people using jackfruit as a pulled pork substitute since young green jackfruit has the same stringy texture as real pulled pork. It sounds strange, I know, but trust me on this one. You could use fake chicken instead of jackfruit, it would save you some time, but if you want to try something a bit different, this is your chance! After being slow cooked for a couple of hours, the jackfruit breaks down and scarily resembles pork. Besides the jackfruit, this pizza has all the regular toppings.
Before we get started I need to stress this to you, do NOT use the ripe canned jackfruit that is packed in sugar water. You want to buy the can of young green jackfruit for this recipe. The last thing you want is to do is turn your pizza into a dessert BBQ pizza. That is my PSA for today kids.
This recipe does take a bit of preparation time so let’s dive in!
Jackfruit BBQ PizzaPrint Recipe
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 a red onion chopped
- 1 clove of finely cut garlic
- 1 can of drained young green jackfruit
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup of vegan BBQ sauce (or use homemade)
- 1/2 water or vegetable stock
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Pizza dough
- Marinara sauce/pizza sauce
- 6-8 slices of hot pickled peppers
- 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
In an oiled pan on medium low heat, add red onion, garlic, and jackfruit. Once the onion has started to soften, turn down the heat and add 1/4 of a cup of your favourite BBQ sauce. The sauce will start to caramelize and thicken, so at this point add in a few tablespoons of the water or vegetable stock you have on standby. Take the lid of your pan and put it on. You want the jackfruit to cook for as long as possible. As time goes by the chunks of jackfruit will breakdown. It took me 2 hours till my jackfruit had completely fallen apart. During these 2 hours keep a close eye on your pan and stir every so often to prevent it from burning. The liquid will start to reduce so add in a little water at a time to stop the BBQ sauce from over caramelizing. Take a fork and break apart the jackfruit, if it falls apart easily it's done. Set aside your jackfruit and move on to the dough.
I used my moms homemade pizza dough for this one, but you can use store bought (just make sure it's vegan). Roll out your dough to a desired thickness, I wanted mine to be a bit thicker than a thin crust since there is a lot that goes on this pizza. Take your tomato sauce and spread it all over the dough, but make it a thin layer since there is extra BBQ sauce going on this. Add your jackfruit and pickled peppers all over the pizza (be generous). If you like, drizzle on some extra BBQ sauce.
Bake the pizza at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crust is golden. I like to sprinkle some nutritional yeast for some cheesy flavour but once again, it's up to you.
This makes enough pizza for 2 very hungry people