This post was sponsored by King’s Hawaiian as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
With school back in session, we are already scrambling to find delicious lunch ideas. My kids are not a fan of basic sandwiches so I have to get a bit creative. If you have not discovered the magic of jackfruit yet, this tropical fruit is a great substitute for pulled pork in recipes. I love it in school lunches because you don’t have to worry about lunch meat not being refrigerated. This BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with King’s Hawaiian Bread is the perfect option for school lunch or an easy weeknight dinner and it is a huge hit with kids.
My kids LOVE pulled pork sandwiches, even cold. Unfortunately, they aren’t a great fit for school lunches because you aren’t able to refrigerate them and there’s always the worry of foodborne illness. These Jackfruit BBQ sandwiches give you the same texture of pulled pork without having to worry about sending meat in your child’s school lunchbox.
Even my picky eaters LOVED these. I grew up enjoying King’s Hawaiian rolls. The unique flavor of King’s Hawaiian bread adds such a fun element to any recipe and the variety of products makes it so easy to include in school lunches.
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian Bread Ingredients
- 1 package King’s Hawaiian Mini Sub Rolls
- 1 can of young jackfruit (20 ounces)
- 1 fresh pineapple
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jar of your favorite barbecue sauce
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian Bread Instructions
In a medium-sized frying pan, sauté your onions, garlic and diced pepper for 4-5 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of finely diced pineapple to the mixture.
Drain your canned jackfruit and break into smaller pieces with two forks, similar to the way that you would shred pork.
I will admit that jackfruit looks a bit funky if you haven’t seen it before. I promise the end result is amazing.
Add your shredded jackfruit to the pan with 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce (we used King’s Hawaiian brand) and 1/2 cup of water. Cover and let simmer on low for 10 minutes.
Stir your jackfruit mixture well. Add another 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce (if needed) and 1/4 cup of water if the mixture looks too dry. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, until it is the consistency that you’d like.
Serve on top of King’s Hawaiian Mini Sub Rolls with a piece of sliced pineapple on top.
My kids went nuts for these. They loved the sweetness of the King’s Hawaiian rolls with the sweet barbecue flavor. We made a big batch and ate it for lunches and small meals for several days.