Leftover Pulled Pork Recipes: 7 Tasty Recipes

September 4, 2023
Written by Kristy J. Norton

Preparing pulled pork takes a lot of time, and it’s normal to have plenty of leftovers afterward. But what if I told you that these leftovers could be used to make other amazing meals? This tender piece of meat is versatile and can be used in other delicious recipes such as pulled pork sandwiches, pork tacos, pulled pork pizza, and many more.

Today, I’ll share more bbq pulled pork leftover recipes I learned in culinary school. Over the years, I’ve infused my cooking style into these recipes to ensure they taste perfect. Continue reading to discover seven amazing leftover pulled pork recipes.

leftover pulled pork recipes

1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches 

Sandwiches are generally the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of recipes for bbq pulled pork.

All you need to do is fill the sandwiches with the leftover pulled pork, barbecue sauce, coleslaw, and buns. Here’s how to make these tasty sandwiches.


  • 2 cups of leftover pulled pork
  • 1 cup of pork broth
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup of coleslaw
  • 4 buns


  • First, prepare the coleslaw. Mix all the coleslaw ingredients in a big bowl, then place it in the fridge to cool.
  • Combine pork broth and barbecue sauce in a large pot over high heat.
  • Next, add your leftover pulled pork to the mixture.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook the pork for about half an hour, or until the pulled pork is tender to your liking.
  • Lastly, set out your buns and place the shredded pork on them. Add the coleslaw next, and your pulled pork sandwich is ready to eat.

Pro tip: You can toast the buns for extra crispiness. Simply place the buns on a skillet for about a minute (or until they are charred to your preference) and flip them over.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Macaroni and Sauce

2. Leftover Pulled Pork Tacos

Tacos are a traditional Mexican dish that is simple to make. This recipe allows you to get creative with toppings while using your leftover pulled pork. Simply reheat the leftover pulled pork in a skillet, place it in the taco shells, and then add your favorite toppings.


  • 2 cups of leftover pulled pork
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of barbecue rub
  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup creamy coleslaw


  • First, heat up your frying pan on medium-high heat, then add your shredded pork.
  • Next, pour apple juice over the pulled pork, add the barbecue rub, and mix.
  • Cook the mixture for about 5 minutes and stir thoroughly.
  • Set out a griddle to toast your tortillas. If you don’t have a griddle, a frying pan also works well. Toast each side of the tortillas for 30 seconds.
  • Wrap two tortillas to form a taco for your fillings. Add a scoop of leftover pulled pork and coleslaw, then spritz barbecue sauce all over and enjoy.
Pulled Pork Taco Sandwich Wraps

3. Pulled Pork Nachos

This leftover pulled pork recipe is another tasty way to use your leftover pulled pork. I love how filling this pulled pork nachos recipe is, and I can also play around with different nacho toppings, like sour cream or guacamole.


  • 1 bag of corn chips
  • 4 cups of cheese
  • 2 pounds of leftover pulled pork
  • 1 avocado (pitted and halved)
  • 2 chopped red or green onions
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 sliced limes
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 cup of sour cream


  • First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Next, lay a baking sheet over the oven tray.
  • Arrange the nacho chips on the baking sheet. Now, evenly spread the shredded pork, peppers, and onions, and top off with cheese. You can spread the condiments in layers for more flavor complexity.
  • Bake the nachos in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the chips are slightly crunchy.
  • As the dish is baking, mash the avocado with lime juice, and cilantro in a medium bowl for a fresh guacamole topping. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • After the nachos are done baking, top with sour cream and your homemade guacamole and serve.
Soft Shell Nachos with Pulled Pork and Sauce

4. Pulled Pork Pizza

Everyone loves pizza, and pulled pork pizza is another wonderful way to enjoy this household staple. For quicker preparation times, I suggest using a store-bought crust or a simple homemade dough.


  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 cups of leftover pulled pork
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of fried bacon
  • 1/4 cup of diced red onion


  • First, prepare your pizza dough and pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Make sure the pizza dough is flattened before placing it on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Ensure the dough is slathered with a thin layer of barbecue sauce, then add shredded cheddar cheese. Next, add your preheated leftovers (you can heat up the leftovers in a skillet while the oven is preheating). Add diced red onion and fried bacon, and top off with more cheese.
  • Bake the pizza for 15 minutes, paying attention to how the cheese melts and the color of the crust. Once cooked, take it out of the oven and serve.
Spicy Pulled Pork Pizza on the Wooden Board

5. Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Hash

My leftover pulled pork sweet potato hash recipe is quite easy to make, and the flavors complement each other. This recipe is delicious, filling, and gluten-free. Moreover, you can make it and eat it at any time of day.


  • 2 pounds of sweet potatoes 
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cups of leftover pulled pork
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper


  • Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch dice and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. The smaller cuts will cook faster. Next, slice the red onions.
  • Place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Next, add the diced potatoes and stir in the olive oil.
  • Stir the sweet potatoes occasionally while cooking them over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until they are almost done. Pay attention to the potatoes so they don’t burn.
  • Add the red onions in when the potatoes have started browning and stir for 5 minutes. Next, add salt and pepper and season as desired. If your shredded pork is already salty, use less salt.
  • Now, add the leftover pulled pork and cook for an additional two minutes.
  • Next, use a wooden spoon to make four holes in the concoction. Break one egg into each hole, and add salt and ground pepper to the eggs for seasoning.
  • Afterward, take the pan off the cooker and place it in the oven to cook for 5–10 minutes. When ready to serve, carefully remove the pan from the oven garnish with your favorite herbs.
Spicy Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato Skin Yam

6. Pulled Pork Stew

My pulled pork stew recipe is packed with tender pulled pork, vegetables, potatoes, and a savory broth. This stew is the definition of comfort food.

It doesn’t matter whether you cook it on a slow cooker or stovetop; either way, it’s simple to make and delicious.


  • 1 pound of pulled pork
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • ½ tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoons of oregano
  • ½ cup of diced potatoes
  • ½ cup of diced sweet potatoes
  • 2 little finger carrots
  • ½ cup of sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup of green beans or peas
  • ½ can of diced tomatoes


  • In a large pot, pour one teaspoon of olive oil, diced onions, and pulled pork leftovers, and cook till slightly brown. Once the slow cooker pulled pork is brown to your liking, remove it from the pot and set it aside in a bowl.
  • Next, add broth, spices, and tomatoes to the pot and stir. Pour the browned pulled pork back into the pot. Bring the stew to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and let it simmer for about an hour (or until the meat is tender enough).
  • Add the chopped potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms to the mix after 30 minutes and stir. Then, allow the stew to simmer. Ensure you check the stew at regular intervals and stir. Lastly, turn off the cooker after an hour and serve.
Authentic Pulled Pork Stew with Veggies

7. Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie

Making shepherd’s pie with pulled pork is a tasty twist to this traditional dish. This recipe for Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie is easy to make and delicious. This recipe is a great way to use all your leftover pulled pork.


  • 4 cups of pulled pork
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 can of mixed veggies
  • 1 can of corn
  • 5 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray cooking spray on a baking dish.
  • Mix pulled pork, mixed vegetables, corn, and barbecue sauce in a bowl.
  • Next, pour the mix into the baking dish.
  • Top the mixture with mashed potatoes, smooth the top layer, and place it in the preheated oven.
  • Bake the pie for 20 minutes, then remove it from the oven and top it with shredded cheese.
  • Put the pan back into the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted.
  • When the pie is done, let it rest for 5 minutes and serve.
Shepherd’s Pie in the Baking Dish

How to Store Leftover Pulled Pork?

You can store leftover pork in a refrigerator or freezer to use later. First, let it cool completely, and then store it in an airtight storage bag or container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To store the pulled pork for longer, place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. If using a bag, be sure to remove as much extra air as possible. Label and freeze for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat Leftover Pulled Pork?

Before reheating, allow the leftovers to defrost in the refrigerator. Place the pulled pork in a microwave-safe container and cook for two to three minutes, or until thoroughly warmed. You can also reheat your pulled pork in an oven. Simply cover the oven-safe dish with foil. Bake at 250 degrees or until food reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.


There you have it, seven delicious pulled pork recipes. As you can see, there are several ways to enjoy your bbq pulled pork leftovers. So, don’t throw out those leftovers, try out any of these pulled pork recipes and enjoy them with your friends and family.

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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