BBQ Jackfruit Zucchini Boats

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Chicken, ribs, burgers—typical barbecue fare can get a little stale. Ready for a change? The next time you get a craving for a sweet-but-spicy sauce, serve zucchini boats stuffed with BBQ jackfruit. Vegan, low-carb and filling, this recipe will liven up any boring barbecue spread.  

Zucchini Boats Stuffed with BBQ Jackfruit on Parchment Paper


2 large zucchini, ends cut off, sliced and center scooped out
14 oz. jackfruit, drained and shredded
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
3/4 cups vegan BBQ sauce

Vegan ranch dressing

Vegan BBQ sauce

Crispy Fake Bacon Bits, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line backing sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle zucchini slices with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté yellow onion for 5 minutes. (Use oil, if desired, but it is not necessary.)
  4. Add shredded jackfruit and cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and coat with BBQ sauce.
  6. Load each zucchini with jackfruit mixture and place on prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until zucchini reaches desired softness. (Cooking for longer will result in softer zucchini.)
  7. To serve, drizzle with vegan ranch and top with scallions and, if needed, additional BBQ sauce, salt and pepper.


  • Feeling adventurous? Make your own vegan ranch or hickory smoke BBQ sauce from scratch!
  • Zucchini boats can also be served grilled. After slicing, grill them for 25 minutes or 3-4 minutes on a grill pan over medium-high.
  • Craving carbs? Use the BBQ jackfruit to make a loaded baked potato.