Haile Thomas
Youth Health Advocate, Motivational Speaker, Jr. Chef Founder and Executive Director, The HAPPY Organization, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona
“We teach kids that it’s up to them to make healthful food taste good.”

BBQ Jackfruit Sloppy Joe Sandwich with Apple Slaw

This healthy take on the Sloppy Joe sandwich replaces meat with jackfruit for a unique yet satisfying comfort meal.

Makes 4 Sandwiches


  • 1/3 cup agave
  • 3 heaping tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste


  • 1/2 cup radishes, sliced
  • 1 small purple cabbage, sliced
  • 2 medium green apples, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans of young jackfruit
  • Salt and preferred all-purpose seasoning to taste
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup preferred BBQ sauce
  • 8 toasted slices preferred bread


Mix all dressing ingredients together until the dressing is smooth. In a separate bowl, toss all of the slaw ingredients together. Pour the dressing on the slaw and toss well. Let the slaw sit in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

Heat a medium pan to medium-high heat and add olive oil. Drain the cans of jackfruit and pick out the little pockets inside of the fruit. Add the jackfruit to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes.

Add salt and seasoning to taste and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes. Next, add the BBQ sauce and coat all pieces of jackfruit. Cover the pan and allow the jackfruit to simmer down in the BBQ sauce for 15-20 minutes.

When the jackfruit is done cooking, take a pair of tongs and shred until it becomes stringy. Add jackfruit and slaw to slices of toasted bread and serve.