Get Creative With Leftover Pulled Pork Using These Recipes

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26 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Pulled PorkCaitlin Bensel

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Pulled pork is one of those meats that take time and effort in the kitchen. You have to cook it low and slow until it's juicy and tender. So, there's no doubt that you won't want to let any of it go to waste! That's why when Ree Drummond makes her spicy shredded pork, she says, "I'm always amazed at its versatility. The final shredded product can be served immediately or in different dishes over the next few days." Enter: Our favorite leftover pulled pork recipes! Whether you use the extras for classic pork recipes like Cuban-inspired sandwiches, burrito bowls, and tacos, or try something entirely new (hello, pulled pork grilled cheese!), this list is sure to make weeknights easy.

Here, you'll find creative ways to put a big batch of leftover pulled pork to good use. There are pizza recipes, soups, and cheesy quesadillas. When Ree makes her spicy Dr Pepper shredded pork, she freezes some of the pork in smaller batches. Then, when the time is right, she'll turn it into a classic pulled pork sandwich. Just pile the juicy meat onto a toasted bun, add coleslaw, and dig in! But if you're looking for other easy dinner ideas, try pulled pork in lettuce wraps, as a topping for nachos, or even mixed into your favorite mac and cheese—talk about comfort food at its very best!


These thick corn tortillas can be stuffed with just about anything, but we particularly love the flavor of pulled pork mixed with the salsa verde. Then, top it off with queso fresco, onion, cilantro, hot sauce, and a squeeze of lime to make the dish complete.

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Danielle Daly

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Make a big batch of this pulled pork with sweet onions in your slow cooker and you'll be blessed with many dishes throughout the week. It's especially tasty piled onto toasted pretzel rolls with a smear of sharp mustard for some added zing.

Get the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe.

slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches
Caitlin Bensel

BBQ Salad

This isn't your average bowl of greens—it's loaded with all your favorite BBQ components. We're talking pulled pork, pickles, fried onions, and cornbread croutons. There's even a smoky barbecue vinaigrette drizzled over the top.

Get the BBQ Salad recipe.

bbq salad
Caitlin Bensel

Carnitas with Cornbread

You can make this Instant Pot pork in advance and freeze it for a later date. Then, whenever you need an easy dinner, just reheat and serve over a thick piece of cornbread with sliced radishes, pico de gallo, and crumbled cheese.

Get Ree's Carnitas with Cornbread recipe.

carnitas with cornbread radishes and limes
Ralph Smith
leftover pulled pork tacos
Will Dickey

Sticky Pork Lettuce Wraps

Once this sticky-sweet, ginger-infused shredded pork is made, you can serve it up in lettuce wraps with pickled onions or over a bed of fluffy rice.

Get Ree's Sticky Pork Lettuce Wraps recipe.

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sticky pork lettuce wraps with red onions
Danielle Daly

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

Leftover pork and pre-made pizza dough will make this weeknight dinner so easy! We also love that it swaps tomato sauce for BBQ sauce and mozzarella cheese for pepper jack cheese—yum!

Get the BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza recipe.

bbq pulled pork pizza with green onions on paper
Natalie Perry / The Pioneer Woman

Cuban-Inspired Sandwich

A classic Cuban sandwich is typically made with slices of ham, cheese, pickles, mustard, and roasted pork. But in this case, shredded pork is used instead.

Get the Cuban-Inspired Sandwich recipe.

cuban inspired sandwich with mustard sauce and pickles on bun
Erica Kastner / The Pioneer Woman

Pork Sandwiches with Cilantro Jalapeño Slaw

Among the many recipes on this list, a sandwich might not seem like the most exciting. But don't get us wrong, this sandwich is delicious! It's topped with a generous helping of cilantro slaw which Ree calls "magic."

Get Ree's Pork Sandwiches with Cilantro Jalapeño Slaw recipe.

pork sandwiches with cilantro jalapeno slaw on green plate
The Pioneer Woman

Cowboy Nachos

You can swap the brisket in this recipe for BBQ pulled pork, then serve it up in exactly the same way—with lots of melty cheese, pico de gallo, and beans.

Get Ree's Cowboy Nachos recipe.

cowboy nachos with meat and pico de gallo
The Pioneer Woman


Skip the steps for making the pork and go straight to cooking the onions and chile sauce. Then, all you have to do is add your leftover pulled pork into the soup, add the hominy, and simmer.

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posole soup with lettuce and radishes on top
Will Dickey

Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich

Caramelized pineapple slices will take this saucy pulled pork to the next level! The sweet-tart flavors pair perfectly with the smokiness from the barbecue sauce and the classic sweet Hawaiian buns.

Get the Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe at The Modern Proper.

slow cooker pineapple pulled pork sandwiches
The Modern Proper

BBQ Pulled Pork Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

If you thought BBQ pulled pork was mouthwatering, just wait until you try it in these crispy mac and cheese bites! It's ooey-gooey and loaded with flavor.

Get the BBQ Pulled Pork Fried Mac and Cheese Bites recipe at The Chunky Chef.

bbq pulled pork fried mac and cheese
The Chunky Chef

Loaded BBQ Pork Potato Casserole

These loaded mashed potatoes aren't just topped with BBQ pulled pork, but there's also crispy bacon, green onions, and lots of shredded cheese. It's a weeknight dinner your whole family will love.

Get the Loaded BBQ Pork Potato Casserole recipe at Mom on Timeout.

loaded bbq pork potato casserole
Mom on Timeout

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

Combine two comfort food favorites: grilled cheese and pulled pork. They'll come together to create a thing of beauty.

Get the Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

pulled pork grilled cheese with hand red nail polish
The Cookie Rookie

Pulled Pork Egg Rolls

This fun twist on egg rolls has all the flavors of your favorite BBQ foods—including pulled pork and coleslaw—in a crispy egg roll wrapper. It even has Ranch dressing for dipping!

Get the Pulled Pork Egg Rolls recipe at Immaculate Bites.

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pulled pork egg rolls with jar of bbq sauce
Immaculate Bites

Pork Rib Tacos with Peach Strawberry Salsa

There are so many ways to use pulled pork in tacos! This one has a sweet peach strawberry salsa that's so refreshing when paired with the savory meat. But you can use any salsa you prefer!

Get the Pork Rib Tacos with Peach Strawberry Salsa recipe at Isabel Eats.

pork rib tacos with peach strawberry salsa and limes
Isabel Eats

Leftover Pulled Pork Ragu

A good ragu can take hours to simmer and develop its rich flavor, but using leftover pulled pork will cut your cooking time down to just 40 minutes! It's perfect served with pasta and grated parmesan cheese.

Get the Leftover Pulled Pork Ragu recipe at Inside the Rustic Kitchen.

leftover pulled pork ragu with noodles and cherry tomatoes and basil on the side
Inside the Rustic Kitchen

Spicy Pulled Pork Fried Eggs

Kick up your breakfast with a spicy pulled pork topping—and sliced jalapeños for good measure! Add a couple of dashes of hot sauce to really bring on the heat.

Get the Spicy Pulled Pork Fried Eggs recipe at Downshiftology.

spicy pulled pork fried eggs with jalapenos in skillet

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is often served as a bbq side dish so it makes sense why it goes so well with pulled pork. This dish combines the two for a cheesy, saucy, casserole that everyone will love.

Get the Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese recipe at Nutmeg Nanny.

pulled pork mac and cheese with bbq sauce
Nutmeg Nanny

Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls

A burrito bowl has all the same ingredients as your favorite burrito, like rice, beans, cheese, and cilantro, but without the wrap. This one is also topped with leftover pulled pork so it's extra-hearty.

Get the Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls recipe at Sweet Peas and Saffron.


pulled pork burrito bowls with corn beans sour cream
Sweet Peas and Saffron

Pulled Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes

This baked potato stuffed with pulled pork, melted cheddar, green onions, and sour cream is hearty enough for your next weeknight dinner. It's perfect with a side salad or coleslaw, too.

Get the Pulled Pork Loaded Baked Potato recipe at Butter Your Biscuit.

pulled pork loaded baked potatoes with sour cream and jalapenos
Butter Your Biscuit

Pulled Pork Carnitas Quesadillas

Not only does this recipe use leftover pulled pork, but it also shows you how to freeze the whole quesadilla for an even easier weeknight meal. When you're ready to eat, just defrost and cook in a hot skillet.

Get the Pulled Pork Carnitas Quesadillas recipe at Recipe Tin Eats.

pulled pork carnitas quesadillas with cherry tomatoes in back
Recipe Tin Eats

Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict

Make a restaurant-worthy brunch right in your own home with this scrumptious eggs benedict loaded with pulled pork. The lemony hollandaise sauce really brings it all together.

Get the Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict recipe at Ways to My Heart.

pulled pork eggs benedict with hollandaise
Ways to My Heart

Smoky Pulled Pork Chili

Whether you're looking for game day eats or just an easy weeknight dinner, you can't go wrong with a bowl of chili. Thanks to pulled pork, this one has just the right amount of smokiness.

Get the Smoky Pulled Pork Chili recipe at Simply Scratch.

smoky pulled pork chili with cheese jalapenos and corn bread
Simply Scratch

Fire Roasted Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers

We've made stuffed peppers with all sorts of fillings before, so why not pulled pork? It also has a fire roasted tomato sauce and plenty of melty cheese.

Get the Fire Roasted Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers recipe at How Sweet Eats.

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pork stuffed peppers with mozzarella cheese and herbs
How Sweet Eats

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