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Leftover BBQ Pulled Pork - 15 Ways to Use It!

Updated on April 30, 2010

As anyone who loves to BBQ knows, you can rarely finish that BBQ pulled pork butt in one sitting!

Now, BBQ reheats very well (reheat it slowly in the oven, covered, with a little sauce for moisture) but there may be times, perhaps after a particularly gluttonous BBQ feast(!) that you just want to eat something a little bit different as leftovers later that week.

Pulled pork freezes very well. Mix with a little sauce and then pack in an airtight container or zip-lock bag or whatever – and you’ve got a future BBQ meal at the ready, without having to worry about dealing with leftovers all week!

Here then, are a few tried and tested ideas for making the most of leftover BBQ pork.

Leftover Pulled Pork Works Great in/as:

  • Quesadillas – slide a little Monterey jack and a little pulled pork into a tortilla, fold it over and heat it in a frying pan without oil, turning once, until crisped on both sides and the cheese has melted.
  • Chili – use the pork alone or in combination with other meats in your favorite chili recipe- a classic!
  • As a homemade pizza topping, or on nachos, or in a calzone
  • BBQ pork and black bean burritos, or with scrambled eggs and salsa in a breakfast burrrito
  • BBQ Hash – griddle up a few cubed potatoes, onions, sweet peppers, a few herbs and spices and salt and pepper and add a little BBQ for a different twist on good old fashioned hashed meat n’ potatoes. Serve with fried eggs, preferably
  • A simple soft taco filling – with pickled onions, lettuce, guacamole and grated cheese
  • Pulled pork baked beans, or add some chopped pork to some refried beans
  • Pulled pork baked potato skins
  • Use it in a salad of tart greens (spinach) in vinaigrette like you might use bacon or lardons
  • Use as a filling for wontons (*surprising, but very tasty!)
  • Make a Brunswick stew

BBQ pork tastes great when added to any number of dishes, but these dishes, in my experience, will always still taste like BBQ (not that that is a bad thing).

And if all else fails, just grab a couple of slices of wonder bread, a little coleslaw, some good BBQ sauce and a heaping portion of BBQ, and go to town the way they’re meant to be eaten!

These are some of the leftover built dishes I’ve either had or made over the years – but surely there are more!?! Please add comments below describing any great ways you use up leftover BBQ pork.


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      Ang 5 years ago

      I bought some crescent rolls and stuffed them and baked them with pulled pork, bbq sauce, cheese. My son loves it.

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      Guest 6 years ago

      Great suggestions!

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      SmartAndFun 6 years ago from Texas

      These are some great ideas! I'd love to leave you my ideas, but you've already covered them. I especially like to make leftover pulled pork into quesadillas, soft tacos and BBQ beans. Thanks for all the new suggestions! I will try them!

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      Jake 6 years ago

      Nothing fancy, but I've had excellent results throwing leftover pulled pork into a stir fry with whatever vegetables and store-bought teriyaki sauce. It pulls apart in the pan so there's some in every bite!

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      bbqsmokersite 6 years ago from Winter Haven, Florida

      It's hard to think that one could ever become tired of eating quality smoked pulled pork. However, it can be done, as many of my buddies on the FBA BBQ competition circuit will attest. These are some great ideas for mixing it up a bit!

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      GeoGee 7 years ago

      I like this. Never thought of trying it in chili.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Fontana, WI

      A friend of mine makes baked beans with pineapple and blue cheese and it is wonderful with his pulled pork. An article about him I will publish this work.

      Love your work - so glad to be a fan!