Leftover Pulled Pork Recipes: 20 Mouthwatering Options

Whilst there’s always the classic sandwich to go for (and boy do we have a good recipe further down the list!) you’d be surprised to find just how varied the recipes can get, with dishes from a plethora of different cuisines.

We’ve got more than enough ideas to accommodate you - some of them are guaranteed crowd pleasers and others a little more niche, but all are sure to be delicious. 

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and choose what you’re having for dinner tonight!

1.  Our Salty Kitchen - Pulled Pork Ragu

Complimenting tender, hearty pulled pork with a deep, rich marinara sauce packed full of garlic and a slug of red wine, this is an incredibly versatile recipe served beautifully over pasta, potatoes or polenta.

With no crock pot or slow cooker required, you can whip up this cozy, comforting meal in under forty five minutes, serving four and sure to satisfy every hungry stomach at your table.

Fast and filling, it’s a weeknight dinner that you’ll almost definitely want to make whenever you’ve got pork in the house.

2.  Taste - Pulled Pork Buns

Soft and scrumptious for the simplest lunch (or dinner, depending on your appetite), these buns are stuffed with pork, light coleslaw and fresh salad. On a hot evening where you don’t feel like cooking but still want a satisfying meal, you’ll be glad you had this burger alternative to turn to!

With only eight ingredients and two simple steps, even your older and more capable kids could plate this up for themselves if you left all the fixings ready to go. If you want to sauce things up a bit, barbecue or sriracha would work perfectly in our opinion!

3. The Salty Marshmallow - Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chili

Turn your leftovers into a smoky, sweet yet spicy chili: it’s exactly what your body craves on a cold winter evening, with enough warmth and flavor to warm up your whole house. 

Topped with a big old dollop of sour cream or guacamole, with cheese to taste and tortilla chips for dipping, there definitely won’t be any of this left for you to puzzle over!

It’s simple, time saving and works away all by itself in the slow cooker, so you can get on with the rest of your day!

4.  The Online Grill - Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos

Everybody loves nachos… but you’ve probably never had them like this! Prepared on a smoker  rather than using more conventional methods (though you’re more than welcome to yourself!) the beautiful barbecue aroma is enough to bring even the grumpiest teen or fussiest eater to the table.

You’ll be surprised just how much the taste of the pulled pork changes just by hanging out with some burning wood chips, and though that doesn’t sound appetizing written like that, trust us… your next get together won’t be the same without them!

5.  Fox Valley Foodie - Mexican Posole Soup

Packed full of bold flavors like zesty lime, fruity cilantro, spicy hot sauce and deep, smoky cumin, you won’t forget your first bowl of Posole in a hurry. Eaten with pillowy soft, warm tortillas, the pork becomes more tender than you ever thought possible, and is only enhanced by the beautiful soup it is swimming in.

There are several ways of cooking this delicious Mexican delicacy up, but the easiest and most straightforward is a dutch oven, in which you can give the soup a long, slow cook without any scorching.

6.  Babaganosh - Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash

Gluten free without even trying, this one skillet only potato hash uses sweet potatoes and your leftover pulled pork to make a home-cooked meal that’s soothing and hearty, with minimal effort on your part.

It’s perfectly delicious enjoyed as it is, or you can top it with a fried egg - a runny yolk is recommended if you do! - for even more depth of flavor and some more texture. Adding in some cajun seasoning or barbecue sauce makes the dish sparkle even more!

7.  Betty Crocker - Barbecue Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

From the queen of the kitchen herself comes Betty Crocker’s crispy, cheesy mac and cheese, with bold barbecue flavors that add a unique twist to the beloved American classic. Forget Kraft boxed mac, this requires only slightly more effort and is incredibly easy to make - plus, as it’s all cooked up together in one dish, you’ll have a lot less clean up to deal with afterwards.

8.  Five Heart Home - Pineapple Pulled Pork Pizza

Now, this one might be a little controversial, but you could always take off the pineapple if that sounds offensive to you. Otherwise, adding pulled pork to a pizza is a match made in heaven, especially with this recipe which also calls for jalapenos and bacon.

Complemented with a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce (again, you can take or leave the pineapple suggested!), you could make your own pizza dough or simply pick up a store bought, oven ready pie and add the fixings yourself.

9.  The Second Hand City - Pulled Pork Sushi

No,  you don’t need to adjust your screen or get better glasses, that title is correct. Second Hand City has taken fusion food to the next level by combining Japanese and American BBQ to create the beauty that is pulled pork sushi.

These specifically are inside out nori rolls topped with pulled pork, spicy mayo and shallots - it might sound a little peculiar, but if you’re a fan of either, you might like both together. And hey, it’s different to your usual weeknight fare, right? Kids will love helping you make it, too!

10.  Taste - Lemongrass Pulled Pork Banh Mi

There’s no need to order out or walk to a far off store for your banh mi anymore, because this pulled pork and lemongrass concoction is incredibly easy and delicious to make at home.

A classic Vietnamese sandwich is made with pate and Asian ham, but this recipe turns the tables and suggests you trade those out for pulled pork instead. Making the dish a lot more accessible to fussy eaters, it’s not the kind of thing you’ll have the ingredients for already, but you’ll be happy you grabbed them at the store to make it.

Combined with pickled veggies, chilies and mayo, amongst other additions, it’s a flavor adventure that elevates regular old pulled pork beyond your expectations.

11.  The Black Peppercorn - Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie

As a classic home comfort, it’s pretty difficult to improve on a tried and true staple like Shepherds Pie. Or at least we thought so, until we saw this pulled pork iteration and fell in love all over again!

This tasty casserole-esque dish works fantastically with pork subbed in for the usual ground beef and brings some new spicy richness with its barbecue flavors. Sweet Baby Rays is what’s recommended, but you can use whichever sauce you like best to personalize this dish for your own tastes. 

Adding a sweet smokiness that shepherds pie is not usually bringing to the table, it’s a unique and flavorsome dish you can serve all year round.

12.  Num’s The Word - Leftover Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

Again, what’s more classic and all-American than grilled cheese? Why mess with a good thing? Well, to use up your leftover pulled pork of course! Not only is it super swift to make and even easier when you already have the pork to hand, this creates a more substantial dish that takes a simple lunch to a delightful dinner.

Plus, like its normal meatless counterpart, this sandwich still tastes absolutely delicious when dunked in tomato soup, so go ahead and make some of that too if you’ve got time - or go store bought, we aren’t judging!

13.  Plated Cravings - Pulled Pork Gyros

Greek and American cuisine come together to make a beautiful baby in this gorgeous recipe from Plated Cravings, another unexpected combination that doesn’t make much sense, but definitely tastes good.

Not only is it a piece of cake to put together, but with the tangy, sweet tzatziki, you’re getting an effortless, authentic dish that’s also a refreshing summer dinner. 

On evenings where it’s far too warm to consider making anything heavy, you don’t have to go to bed with a rumbling stomach. Just pull out the pork that you’ve already cooked and prepare to enjoy every last mouthful.

14. Flavorite - Leftover Pulled Pork Sausage Rolls

Making a homemade sausage roll - a British delicacy that involves flaky golden pastry and salty, herby meat - sounds like a lot of effort. But, seeing as you’ve already got all of that pulled pork to hand, it’s actually going to be way easier than you’re anticipating.

Plus, as the recipe calls for premade puff, rather than the stuff that actually requires effort, you’ll look as though you’ve spent hours slaving over the stove, and the results will taste just as good as if you had! Minimum steps, maximum reward: the ideal mid-week dinner!

15. Le Creme De La Crumb - Pulled Pork Tacos

Don’t be alarmed: although this recipe says it’s going to take four hours - you’ve already got the pulled pork nice and tender, so it’s actually going to be a matter of minutes for you! How lovely. 

With all the toppings you’d expect in a traditional taco, from guacamole to hot sauce, these are an exceptionally quick and easy way to use up your leftovers. Even if you just had pork last night, you won’t mind having it twice in a row when you’re enjoying it like this!

16.  How Sweet Eats - Fire Roasted Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a simple and easy dinner, but we bet you’ve never had them like this! Forget boring old rice or ground beef, it’s all about pulled pork. 

This is not a recipe that you would go to the effort of making a batch of pulled pork for, however, which is why it’s such a fantastic option for leftovers: you wouldn’t get to enjoy its punchy, fire roasted flavors otherwise!

Satisfying, eye-pleasing and requiring only a few minutes of prep-work, they’re sure to be enjoyed by whoever you cook them up for.

17.  The Food Network - Pulled Pork Egg Rolls

As if you hadn’t had enough experimental fusion food from this list, the Food Network came through with these: Guy Fieri’s epic recipe for egg rolls, but not as you know them. They’re just as crunchy and moreish as usual, it just so happens that they’re stuffed with delicious pulled pork.

Again, don’t be alarmed by that 3hr 50 minute total cooking time - you’ve already done the pork, so it’s only going to take about a half an hour to get these together. Don’t sweat it!

18. Food and Wine - Pulled Pork Tamales

You can make these tamales ahead of time and freeze for up to a month, which is one reason why they’re included on our list. The other is that they’re a delicious way to use up your leftover pulled pork, in a way that you probably wouldn’t think to have normally.

Though you might be a little concerned about the corn husks if you’ve never cooked with them before, don’t fret: it’s an incredibly easy way of steaming your tamales, and it means you don’t require any additional equipment to do so.

Masa harina isn’t as hard to find as you may think either - it’s just corn flour that’s been treated with lime, and can be picked up at the majority of grocery stores.

19. Paleo Leap - Pulled Pork Salad

If you’re not somebody who finds themselves eating salads very often, this is a fantastic way to get some greens into your life, still enjoy a flavorsome meal and use up the leftover pork you’ve got.

It’s a fairly simple and straightforward recipe: you could always sub in your favorite vegetables or a different dressing if you would prefer, though this combination is bound to please most people.

Plus, even though it’s a paleo-friendly dish, it’s not boring in any sense of the word, especially thanks to the homemade barbecue sauce - which is missing much of the sugar you’d find in a typical BBQ.

20.  The Food Network - Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Last, but by no means least, we of course had to include one of the tastiest sounding recipes for a classic: the pulled pork sandwich.

This one calls for spices like chili, cumin and paprika alongside a flavorful chicken broth to enhance the flavors of your leftover meat and moisten it up again before you squash it between some bread.

They recommend kaiser rolls, but you can use whichever you’d like for your sandwich: the thicker the slices, the better, however, as there’s nothing more disappointing than a wimpy sandwich!

That being said, you could always just make yourself another if you’re too hungry, right?

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