What to Do with Leftover BBQ Pulled Pork

Barbecue pulled pork is a crowd favorite, but if you make a big batch, you’ll inevitably have leftovers. Thankfully, leftover pulled pork is very versatile. With a little creativity, you can transform those remnants into all sorts of delicious dishes.

In this article, I’ll share 10 tasty ways to use up leftover pulled pork so you can enjoy it again and again without getting bored. From tacos to pizza, sandwiches to salads, see how to give leftover pulled pork new life with these simple yet satisfying recipe ideas.

Pulled Pork Tacos

One of my favorite quick meals to make with leftover pulled pork is tacos. The pork reheats beautifully in the microwave or on the stovetop, making it easy to assemble a fast weeknight dinner.

Here’s how to turn leftover pulled pork into tacos:

  • Warm up the pulled pork in the microwave or skillet until heated through.
  • Heat taco shells or warm tortillas.
  • Fill the taco shells or tortillas with the warmed leftover pulled pork.
  • Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, and your favorite taco sauce.
  • You can also try different toppings like avocado, black beans, salsa, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Tacos are highly customizable, so let your imagination run wild. The rich, meaty pork pairs so well with crisp lettuce, creamy cheese, and tangy sauces. Tacos make a quick and easy meal option for using up leftover pulled pork.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A classic way to enjoy leftover pulled pork is in sandwich form. Pulled pork sandwiches are simple to make and full of flavor.

  • Warm up the pulled pork and pile it high on rolls like kaiser or slider buns.
  • Top with barbecue sauce (or use the leftover sauce from when you first made the pork).
  • Add coleslaw for crunch.
  • You can also add pickles, caramelized onions, or other favorite sandwich toppings.

Pulled pork sandwiches are always a crowd-pleaser. The tender meat and barbecue sauce makes a delicious pairing. Serve up these sandwiches for lunch or dinner. Leftover pork transforms basic bread into an incredible meal.

Pulled Pork Pasta

Here’s a way to give leftover pulled pork an Italian flair – add it to pasta! The pork infuses the pasta with smoky, savory flavor.

  • Cook pasta like penne, rigatoni or spirals according to package directions.
  • In a skillet, warm up the pulled pork.
  • Toss the warmed pulled pork into the cooked pasta.
  • Add barbecue sauce or pasta sauce to coat the pasta and pork.
  • Top with shredded cheese like mozzarella or parmesan.
  • For extra flavor, you could also stir in vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms.

This hearty one-pot meal combines the delicious shredded pork with tomato or cheese sauce and pasta. It’s sure to satisfy! Adding leftover pulled pork gives basic pasta an upgrade.

Pulled Pork Pizza

If you love barbecue chicken pizza, try swapping in leftover pulled pork for an amazing barbecue pizza experience. The flavors pair perfectly!

  • Start with homemade or store-bought pizza dough.
  • Top the dough with leftover pulled pork.
  • Spread on barbecue sauce instead of typical pizza sauce.
  • Add shredded mozzarella cheese and onions.
  • You can also add other toppings like bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.
  • Bake until the crust is crisp and cheese is melted.

For a white pizza variation, use ranch dressing or Alfredo sauce instead of barbecue sauce. However you top it, pulled pork pizza makes for an easy weeknight meal or fun weekend project.

Pulled Pork Quiche

Quiche is a great breakfast option, and it happens to be a tasty way to use leftover pulled pork too. The pork adds hearty protein to this eggy bake.

  • Make your favorite quiche recipe, replacing any meat filling with leftover pulled pork.
  • Mix the pork into the egg and cream mixture along with shredded cheese like cheddar, Swiss or Monterey Jack.
  • Pour into a pie crust and bake until set.
  • Let cool slightly, then cut into wedges to serve.

You can also add classic quiche ingredients like mushrooms, broccoli, onions, etc. A quiche is perfect for brunch, and it’s a unique way to enjoy more of that leftover BBQ pulled pork.

Pulled Pork Salad

Salads are a lighter option for savoring leftover pulled pork. Turn the meat into a flavorful protein-packed topper for leafy greens.

  • Start with a bed of mixed greens like romaine, spinach, kale, etc.
  • Top with warmed or cold leftover pulled pork.
  • Add shredded carrots, diced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes or any other desired vegetables.
  • Toss everything together with your favorite dressing on the side, like a zesty Italian, creamy ranch, or tangy barbecue vinaigrette.
  • For extra protein, you could also add hard-boiled eggs, chickpeas, or beans.

A salad loaded up with leftover pulled pork makes for a satisfying and nutritious lunch or dinner. The flavors and textures combine for a filling meal that still feels light.

Pulled Pork Nachos

For an easy appetizer or snack, turn leftover pulled pork into cheesy nachos. Kids and adults alike will devour these fun finger foods.

  • Layer tortilla chips on a baking sheet.
  • Top with leftover pulled pork.
  • Add shredded cheese like cheddar or Monterey Jack.
  • Sprinkle on extras like black beans, salsa, jalape??os, etc.
  • Bake until the cheese is melted and nachos are heated through.
  • Serve with sour cream, guacamole, etc. on the side.

Customize the nachos with all your favorite toppings. Chili, olives, tomatoes, scallions – get creative! Melty cheese, crispy chips, and tender pork make pulled pork nachos irresistible.

Pulled Pork Breakfast Casserole

Make breakfast a breeze by preparing this hearty pulled pork breakfast casserole ahead of time. It’s easily customized too.

  • Grease a casserole dish and spread a layer of leftover pulled pork on the bottom.
  • Next add a layer of shredded cheese like cheddar or Swiss.
  • Then pour over a mixture of whisked eggs and milk or cream.
  • You can add extras like saut??ed onions, peppers, spinach, etc.
  • Top with more cheese and bake until set.
  • Let cool slightly, then slice into squares to serve.

Switch it up by using hashbrowns or tater tots instead of pulled pork at the bottom. You can prep this casserole the night before for a satisfying leftover pork breakfast.

Pulled Pork Sliders

For parties or game day, pulled pork sliders are a crowd-pleasing snack. The pork filling piled high on mini buns is flavorful and messy in the best way.

  • Warm up leftover pulled pork.
  • Pile the pork onto small slider rolls or dinner rolls.
  • Top with barbecue sauce, coleslaw, pickles, or other desired toppings.
  • Secure with a toothpick if needed.
  • Arrange sliders on a platter and serve.

Easy to eat and fun to customize, these bite-sized sandwiches let everyone build their perfect slider. Pulled pork sliders are great appetizers for any occasion.

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

If you’re looking for some extra flavor, add leftover pulled pork to your regular grilled cheese sandwich. The pork takes it to the next level!

  • Warm up leftover pulled pork.
  • Butter the outside of sandwich bread and place buttered-side down in a heated skillet.
  • Fill bread with the pulled pork and shredded cheese like cheddar, Monterey Jack, etc.
  • Cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese melted.
  • Slice in half to serve.

This unique twist on classic comfort food makes an easy lunch or dinner. Melty cheese with tender leftover BBQ pork is an amazing combination!


The possibilities are endless when it comes to giving leftover pulled pork new life. Whether stuffed into tacos, piled onto pizza, mixed into pasta, or baked into a casserole, shredded barbecue pork can be transformed into all kinds of mouthwatering dishes.

So next time you have leftover pulled pork, get creative in the kitchen! With these 10 tasty ideas for enjoying pulled pork remnants, you’ll look forward to leftovers instead of letting them go to waste.

Let me know if you try any of these recipes or if you have your own go-to for using up leftover BBQ pulled pork. This tasty meat deserves more than just one meal. By repurposing it in different ways, you can continue to savor that smoky pulled pork flavor over and over again.

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