13 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Tacos
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Leftover pulled pork made with budget-friendly pork shoulder is like money in the bank. If you think that pork shoulder or Boston butt is too large for your family, think leftovers. And you don't have to eat sandwiches for days; pulled pork freezes beautifully. Defrost it in the refrigerator and enjoy it in beans, sandwiches, casseroles, and more.

If you don't want the barbecue flavor, make your pulled pork and set some aside for leftovers before you add the barbecue sauce. The shredded pork is fabulous in omelets, on salads, and in burritos. Add some saucy pulled pork to a grilled cheese sandwich, use it to fill tacos, or stir it into your baked beans. It's an excellent addition to all kinds of dishes.

If you don't feel like cooking a pork shoulder, use your favorite brand of prepared pulled pork and then pick your favorite recipe (or two).

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    Macaroni and Cheese With Pulled Pork

    macaroni and cheese with pulled pork
    Diana Rattray

    The combination of these two quintessential comfort foods is a super easy preparation and incredibly delicious. A melty cheese topping is a perfect finish to this easy macaroni and cheese with pulled pork casserole. Serve the pulled pork mac and cheese casserole with homemade coleslaw and biscuits or soft rolls.

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    Pulled Pork Barbecue Biscuit Cups Snack

    Pulled Pork BBQ Cups
    Diana Rattray

    This tasty pulled pork barbecue biscuit cups snack is an excellent recipe to use for leftover pulled pork with barbecue sauce. All you need is a can of refrigerated biscuits and you'll have a praiseworthy snack your friends and family will enjoy. Serve these savory treats for lunch or dinner with creamy coleslaw and fries or chips.

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    Pulled Pork Barbecue Empanadas

    pulled pork empanadas
    Diana Rattray

    Pulled pork barbecue empanadas are made with a flaky, delicious crust. Make the hand-held pies lunch-size or bite-size and serve them with some homemade coleslaw and barbecue sauce for dipping.

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    Pulled Pork Arepas

    Arepas Venezuelan food
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    Venezuelan-style pulled pork arepas, or griddle fried corn cakes, are filled with slow-cooked pulled pork. Serve these South American sandwiches with lime wedges and the tasty cilantro and garlic aioli.

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    Pulled Pork Egg Rolls

    Pulled Pork Egg Rolls Baked or Fried
    Diana Rattray

    This recipe for pulled pork egg rolls is surprisingly easy to prepare. The egg rolls can be baked or deep-fried. Make this inventive food for a snack or appetizer or add some hot boiled rice or Asian-style noodles for a delicious meal. Use commercial or homemade egg roll wrappers.

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    Pulled Pork Pizza

    Deep Dish Pulled Pork Pizza
    Diana Rattray

    Everyone loves pizza and the addition of pulled pork only makes it better. Make homemade pizza dough or use a purchased crust for this delicious pulled pork pizza. Buy your favorite barbeque sauce or if you have time, make your own. A combination of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses finishes this tasty pizza perfectly.

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    Appetizer-Sized Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    pulled pork sliders
    Diana Rattray

    Use standard slider buns or make mini buns for these pulled pork snack or appetizer pulled pork sandwiches. Top them with a simple coleslaw or pickle slices and serve them with barbecue sauce on the side.

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    Pulled Pork Tamales

    pulled pork tamales
    Diana Rattray

    Tamales might sound like a Central and South American dish, but they're also a Mississippi Delta specialty. Pulled pork is an excellent addition to homemade tamales. The pulled pork shoulder pairs beautifully with the cornmeal dough in the tamales. If you haven't made tamales, it's easier than you might think. You can freeze pulled pork tamales and reheat them when you're ready.

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  • 09 of 13

    Brunswick Stew With Pork and Chicken

    Brunswick Stew with Pork and Chicken
    Diana Rattray

    This hearty Brunswick stew with pork and chicken is a typical hearty Brunswick stew made with leftover pulled pork and cooked shredded or chopped chicken thighs. Serve it with cornbread, pickles, and coleslaw or a salad on the side. 

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    Fresh Pulled Pork Spring Rolls

    pulled pork spring rolls
    Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    These fresh pulled pork spring rolls need only 5 simple ingredients: the wrappers, noodles, pulled pork, slaw, and some mustard barbecue sauce for dipping. 

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    Easy Mini Pork Quiches

    Mini Shredded Pork Quiche
    Diana Rattray

    If you need a bite-sized appetizer, look no further. These easy mini pork quiches make great little appetizers and they are a snap to prepare and bake. Use leftover roasted or braised pork shoulder for the filling. Round dumpling wraps or wonton wrappers line mini muffin cups to make the crust.

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    Pulled Pork Breakfast Casserole

    breakfast casserole with pulled pork
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    Pulled pork adds flavor to this all-in-one breakfast casserole along with chili peppers, cheese, and salsa. Start your day with this pulled pork breakfast casserole or bring it for your next brunch party.

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    Cemita: A Pueblan Style Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwich

    cemita sandwich
    Grilled Cheese Social

    This Pueblan style Mexican pulled pork sandwich includes layers of pulled pork, peppers, avocado, sliced tomato, and cheese. Rich Mexican cemita buns are called for, but brioche buns or a similar high-fat bun can be used.