We all know that last night’s dinner can be even more delicious the next day, so why not try some of these great ideas for leftover pulled pork?
If you’re like me your freezer is probably stuffed with leftover barbecue pulled pork.
The best part is, most of the hard work is done once you have slow-cooked the pork. So why not try a few of these recipe ideas?
All you need to do is reheat it, add some key ingredients and your lunch or dinner is complete!
Our favorite creative ways to use leftover pulled pork
Transform your leftover pulled pork into a hearty, flavorful chili that’s perfect for any season.
You don’t need to stick to beef for your chili! This pulled pork chili is packed with bold flavors, tender meat, and a rich tomato base. A real crowd-pleaser and easy to make.
Recipe: Leftover Pulled Pork Chili
Loaded nachos are a tried and tested way of using up large quantities of leftover pulled pork.
This recipe keeps things simple (no one wants to fuss with leftovers) with pre-grated cheese and your choice of toppings.
Recipe: Pulled Pork Nachos
While we are being inspired by Mexican dishes, don’t forget about Tacos!
A classic meal that is super easy to prepare, this recipe also allows you room to experiment a little with toppings while using up your leftover pulled pork.
Just heat up your leftover meat in a frypan, pop it in the taco shells, and go crazy with the toppings you love!
Recipe: Leftover Pulled Pork Tacos
Sandwiches taste way better as sliders, and this is one of the best examples.
It’s as simple as cutting your slider buns and slathering them with BBQ sauce, piling on that leftover pulled pork, a bit of cabbage, and cheese, and then popping them into your smoker.
Recipe: BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
And who thought buttery flaky biscuits couldn’t get any better?
Simple to make with pre-made biscuit dough, leftover pulled pork, shredded cheese, a light dusting of BBQ rub, and these little packages of deliciousness are out of this world.
Recipe: BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Biscuits
Get a little fancy with your game day snacks or next get-together with these irresistible pulled pork crostini.
There’s no better way to eat your leftover pulled pork with all the traditional trimmings than on a crunchy piece of bread!
Recipe: BBQ Pulled Pork Crostini
Portable food doesn’t get any easier than this!
Gather up those leftovers from last night’s BBQ and serve them buffet style so everyone can layer up their own cup.
Check out the recipe for some more BBQ sundae combos.
The beauty of this recipe is that it can be as homemade as you like. Make the dough and the sauce yourself if you feel inspired, or go with readymade ingredients if you are short on time.
The toppings can be adjusted to your tastes too, making it the perfect crowd pleaser.
Recipe: Leftover Pulled Pork Pizza
Who can deny that just about anything with potatoes is the ultimate comfort food?
Add cheese, sour cream, and pulled pork to the mix and you have a snack that is seriously tempting.
While there is a little bit of prep involved, you can cook this en masse and keep a crowd of people happy once they are pulled out of the oven. The only question is, how many can one person eat in a sitting?
Recipe: Pulled Pork Stuffed Potato Skins
Perfect for lunch or a lazy dinner, these sandwiches are everything wonderful that you can stuff on a sandwich – pork, pickles, mustard, ham, and cheese.
Then the whole lot is toasted just to top it off!
This is just about one of the easiest things you could make with your leftovers, and the results are addictive.
Recipe: Pulled Pork Cuban Sandwich
Marry two of the most beloved comfort dishes and you are surely onto a winner. This recipe combines the classic barbecue flavors of pulled pork along with the cheesy gooeyness of mac and cheese.
Get creative and swap out the pulled pork for pulled chicken, or choose whether you would like sharp, vintage cheese or milder cheese.
Whatever takes your fancy, use the recipe as a starting point, and discover how you like your pulled meat mac and cheese – then have some friends and family over to share!
Recipe: Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
While technically not a true shepherd’s pie (they are made with lamb) this recipe is so delicious it really doesn’t matter what you call it.
All you need to transform your leftover pulled pork into the perfect meal on a winter’s night is some frozen peas and corn, your favorite BBQ sauce, mash, and plenty of cheese.
Recipe: Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie
This recipe uses Mexican-style pulled pork (Carnitas) as a starting point. If you have some on hand in the freezer, you can assemble this dish in about 15 minutes.
Of course, it will need a little bit of time in the oven to allow the cheese to melt and the edges of the pork to go crispy, but the lack of effort required to make this yummy dinner makes this a perfect midweek meal.
Recipe: Pulled Pork Enchiladas
Hands up if you love pasta! Transform your leftover pulled pork into the basis for a delicious pasta sauce.
With ingredients that are cheap and easy to find, this quick, economical dinner is filling and sure to be a hit with the family.
Recipe: Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet
15. Pulled Pork Hash (You don’t have to wait till dinnertime to enjoy pulled pork!)
Anyone who grew up in a thrifty household will know all about hash. Basically, just throw everything you have left over in the fridge with some potatoes and fry. And there is your breakfast!
So why not try it with pulled pork?
Like many of the recipes on our list, there’s room for customization within this dish, so check out the recipe, and then throw in whatever you can dig out of your fridge!
Recipe: Pulled Pork Hash
16. Shredded Pork Empanadas with Adobo Aioli Dip (If you need a hit of veggies)
Let’s be honest – most of the recipes we have looked at so far are incredibly meaty.
But if you have a hankering for some veggies, or you have some shriveling up in the fridge, this recipe is a nice balance of meat and veg all wrapped up in a handy little parcel.
If you have trouble finding empanada dough, you could try making your own, or just use pastry.
Back to meat, meat, more meat, and cheese with this quick and tasty midweek treat.
Combining ham, pulled pork, and plenty of cheese on a bread base, it is easy to see why this meal is both filling and a crowd pleaser.
Recipe: Cuban French Bread Pizza
18. The Cuban Pizza
This recipe takes its inspiration from Cuban-style pizzas. A nice hit of sweetness is introduced with bread and butter pickles, which go oh so well with pulled pork.
Just to be sure, two types of cheese are part of the topping – because you can never have too much cheese on a pizza!
If you want to learn more about other pizza styles, we have a whole post dedicated to different types of pizza.
Recipe: Cuban Pizza
Poutine is a classic Canadian dish.
For those who aren’t familiar with what a poutine involves, I will give you a hint: Cheese curd, chips, and gravy.
You don’t need to stretch the imagination far to conclude that this combined with pulled pork results in very smoky, satisfying comfort food.
The combination of pulled pork, melted grilled cheese and buttery toasted bread is just so hard to go past.
This recipe also includes coleslaw, which introduces a nice level of crunch. You can either pop it in the sandwich or put it on the side.
Recipe: BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
Wrapping it up
A quick scroll through these recipes tells us there is plenty you can do with leftover pulled pork. In fact, the hardest part is picking which recipe to try first!
What did you think of this list of recipes? Are there recipes that we have missed that you think are worthy of adding? Let us know in the comments section below.
And if you enjoyed this roundup and found some inspiration, then be sure to share it with your friends.
- Leftover Pulled Pork Chili
- Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos
- Leftover BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos
- BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
- BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Biscuits
- Pulled Pork Crostini
- BBQ Sundaes with Leftover Pulled Pork
- Leftover Pulled Pork Pizza
- Pulled Pork Stuffed Potato Skins
- Pulled Pork Cuban Sandwich
- Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
- Pulled Pork Sherpherd's Pie
- Pulled Pork Enchiladas
- Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet
- Pulled Pork Hash
- Shredded Pork Empanadas with Adobo Aioli Dip
- Cuban French Bread Pizza
- The Cuban Pizza
- Pulled Pork Poutine with BBQ Gravy
- BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
- Choose a leftover pork recipe and click the link above for the full list of ingredients and instructions.