We all know that last night’s dinner can be even more delicious the next day, so why 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 freeze it, add some key ingredients and your lunch or dinner is complete!
Our favorite creative ways to use leftover pulled pork
1) Smoked Pulled Pork Loaded Nachos
Loaded nachos is 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.
You can use our recipe for homemade bbq sauce, but any decent bbq sauce will do the trick.
- 5 oz reheated pulled pork
- bag of corn chips
- 1/3 cup guacamole
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
- 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
Check out the full recipe for pulled pork nachos here.
2) Leftover Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos
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!
- 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
- Hot sauce
Get the full recipe for leftover pulled pork tacos.
3) BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
Sandwiches taste way better as sliders, and this is one of the best examples.
Its as simple as cutting your sliders buns and slathering them with BBQ sauce, piling on that left over pulled pork, a bit of cabbage and cheese and then popping them into your smoker
- 12 slider buns
- 2 cups pulled pork
- ¼ cup bbq sauce
- 1 cup cabbage shredded
- 5 slices Swiss cheese
- 3 tbsp butter melted
- 2 tbsp bagel seasoning
Get the full recipe for BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders.
4) Leftover Pulled Pork Pizza (with a recipe for homemade dough if you like)
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.
- 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 1/2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 1 2/3 cups sifted all purpose flour, plus 1/4 cup for kneading
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 2 TBS corn meal
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup leftover pulled pork
- 1/4 red onion, cut into rings or slices
- 2 TBS diced fresh cilantro
- handful of fresh arugula
Check out the recipe here.
5) Pulled Pork Stuffed Potato Skins
Who can deny that just about anything with potatoes is the ultimate in 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 one person can eat in a sitting?
- 8 small potatoes
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/2 pound pulled pork
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup Stubb’s Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 3 green onions chopped
Check out the recipe here.
6) Pulled Pork Cuban Sandwich
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.
- 1 (8 inch) Cuban baguette or hoagie roll
- 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter,
- Leftover Pulled Pork
- 2 slices of ham.
- 2 slices of cheese.
- Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles
To see the full list of topping and instructions, see the recipe here.
7) Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
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 a mild creamier cheese.
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups whole milk, warmed
- 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Whatever takes your fancy, click her for 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!
8) Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie
While technically not a true shepherds 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.
- 5-6 cups pulled pork
- 2 cups bbq sauce
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 3-4 pounds potatoes
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
To get all the know how to make this dish, click here.
9) Pulled Pork Enchiladas (Only 15 mins prep required!)
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.
- 2 cups (packed) Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) or other shredded meat (see notes)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup tinned black beans or red kidney beans , drained
- 1 can (15oz / 400g) corn kernels , drained
- 2 cups shredded cheese (any good melting cheese)
- 8 tortillas
- 3 cups (750ml / 25oz) Enchilada Sauce
Check out there recipe here.
10) Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet
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.
- 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
- 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 carton (16 ounces) refrigerated fully cooked barbecued shredded pork
For the full recipe, click here.
11) 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 leftover in the fridge with some potatoes and fry. And there is your breakfast!
So why not try it with pulled pork?
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or EVOO
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 orange pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup red pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 cup pulled pork
- 5 large potatoes, boiled and then diced into cubes (peeling optional)
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 3 large eggs
- scallions and jalapeno for garnish, optional
Like many of the recipes in our list, there is huge room for customisation within this dish, so check out the recipe here for the basis of the dish, and then throw in whatever you can dig out of your fridge!
12) 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 shrivelling 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.
All the ingredients you need can be found in the recipe here.
13) Cuban French Bread Pizza
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.
- French bread (I used submarine rolls)
- Yellow mustard
- Shredded pork (prewarmed)
- Sliced pickles (patted dry)
- Sargento® sliced Swiss cheese
Follow this link to see the full recipe.
14) The Cuban Pizza
This recipe takes its inspiration from Cuban style pizzas. A nice hit of sweet 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!
- 1/2 prepared Sam Adams Beer Pizza Dough
- 1 Tbs heavy cream
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard
- 6 oz ham diced
- 1/2 cup bread and butter pickles drained
- 1/2 cup diced roasted red bell pepper
- 1/2 small yellow onion thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- fresh cracked pepper
The creator of this recipe is infectiously enthusiastic about it, so follow the link here and be inspired.
If you want to learn more about other pizza styles, we have a whole post dedicated to different types of pizza.
15) Pulled Pork Poutine with BBQ Gravy.
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.Ingredients:
- 6 russet potatoes
- 2 cups beef gravy
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 pound pulled pork meat
- 2 cups cheese curds
- salt, to taste
To find the full recipe, follow this link.
16) BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese.
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 in the sandwich or put on the side.
Check out the recipe here and decide which way you like you coleslaw.
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 to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.
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