Leftover Barbecue Pulled Pork Tacos

pulled pork tacos

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Tacos are a once a week dinner in our house, quick to whip up and with endless filling options.

One of our go to recipes is this pulled pork taco, using the leftovers from a barbecue Boston butt.

Pulled pork tacos can be as fancy or as simple as you want, you can make your own tortillas, your own coleslaw, even your own hot sauce.

For these tacos I added a delicious green pepper and habanero hot sauce that is at the mild end of the hot sauce scale but is a perfect flavor addition to the pork.

Leftover pulled pork makes a great base for a taco as it already cooked and packed full of flavor.

If your freezer is anything like ours you probably have at least one tupperware of leftover pulled pork in there, just waiting for a rainy taco Tuesday.

For our pulled pork taco we like to pair it with this southern style coleslaw, a creamy and sweet slaw that goes really well with pork.

I think a coleslaw that has apple in it would also go really well in a pulled pork taco.

Reheating your pulled pork

First things first! Add a few tablespoons of cooking oil to your fry pan and crank the heat to medium/high.

Once the pan has heated, chuck your pork in. Add more than you’ll think you’ll need, so there’s enough for those who can’t wait until you serve…

As a rough guide I think about 2 cups should make enough tacos for four people.

If you’re using pulled pork from your freezer make sure it is defrosted before you add it to the pan. Heating it more than you need to will dry the pork out.

When you add the pork into this hot pan the air is instantly filled with the aroma of smokey meat, bringing you back to when it was fresh and juicy off the smoker.

This is also the point where the dog comes running and vultures swoop in to steal straight from the pan.

You probably know that leftover pulled pork freezes really well, however it can be a little dry when you defrost it. To combat this, you can add some bbq sauce along with a few tablespoons of water.

When the pork is warmed through, turn your heat off before adding the BBQ sauce and water to the pan. The residual heat will allow the sauce to coat the pork without burning the sugars.

Not only will this loosen up and moisten the meat, but it will add a butt load of flavor to your taco.

One of my favourite store bought BBQ sauces at the moment is the Lillies Q Smokey Barbecue Sauce.

This is a sweet Memphis style BBQ sauce and what I currently add to leftover pulled pork when re-heating it.

If you don’t want to buy a sauce, this is a great recipe for a classic home made Memphis BBQ sauce.

Taco Fillings

You can add whatever fillings you want to accompany the pork in your tacos but I like to stick with a pretty simple combo of slaw and avocado (if I can find a ripe one).

I will also usually dress it with some sour cream, cilantro and pickled onions and, jalapeños if I’m feeling brave.

pulled pork tacos

Tacos really are the ultimate crowd pleaser, I have yet to come across someone who would turn them down. Not only that, they are just so simple to make! Especially if you’re using meat from the freezer.

pulled pork tacos

If you did by chance re-heat too much pulled pork, and it wasn’t promptly demolished by your guests then any leftover leftovers make a great grilled cheese the next day.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go grab some tacos before they’re all gone…

pulled pork tacos

Leftover BBQ Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos

A quick and easy taco, that uses up some of that delicious smoked pulled pork you have stored away in your freezer (or fridge)
Course Main Course
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 cups Leftover pulled pork
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 10-12 Corn tortillas
  • Southern style coleslaw
  • 1 Sliced avocado
  • Sliced red onion (optional)
  • Sliced jalapeno (optional)
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Hot sauce


  • Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in pan over a medium/ high heat and then add your leftover pulled pork.
  • Once the pork has heated through, turn the heat off and a good slug of BBQ sauce along with a few tablespoons of water. The residual heat in the pan will loosen and coat the pork with the sauce.
  • Assemble your tacos with the pulled pork and whatever else takes your fancy!
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