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Pulled Pork 4 Ways: Make The Most of Your Pulled Pork Leftovers

Pulled pork is a classic dish for tailgating parties, Father’s Day or any big family gathering. Whether you braise the meat in a low oven or take the hands-off route and pop it in your slow cooker, your house will be filled with a sweet and tangy aroma. 


Whether you’re cooking for a crowd, or just cooking for the family, your work in the kitchen will go much further if you use larger cuts like a pork roast or pork shoulder—who doesn’t love leftovers?

Though you could just zap your pulled pork in the microwave, you’ll enjoy day 2 (or 3 or 4!) of this delicious barbecue staple much more if you get creative. We’ve put together a few easy ideas that’ll take your pulled pork leftovers from ho-hum to wow in just a few steps.

Mini Pork Sliders

Stuffing shredded pork into bite-size buns is a no-brainer, especially if it’s been cooked for hours in BBQ sauce. To take it up a notch, toast the bread and spread it with mayo that’s been spiced up with a squeeze of sriracha. Pile some warmed pulled pork on one side of the bun and then top it with a slice of cheese (we like pepper jack). Finish the sliders with a dollop of smoky pepper and onion relish and you’ve got yourself the best Tuesday night dinner ever.

Suped-up Pork Nachos

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Chips and cheese? You can do better. For an upgrade on your nachos, scour the veggie drawer for any leftover onions, peppers, scallions, cilantro or tomatoes to add to this pulled pork deliciousness. Spread some tortilla chips on large rimmed baking sheet and top with a layer of shredded cheese, such as cheddar or jack. Chop up the veggies and sprinkle them on the nachos. Spread pulled pork next and then add another layer of chips. Top with more cheese, halved black olives and pickled jalapenos. Bake at 375 for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the chips are golden. Top with garlic salsa and dabs of sour cream.

Indian Pork Bowls

Building custom bowls for dinner makes everyone happy because each eater can create his own masterpiece. For this meal, cook a batch of rice (long-grain white, brown or basmati), place it in a large serving bowl and then reheat the pulled pork. Your hungry family can build bowls with rice on the bottom, followed by the pork, and then add an array of condiments, including diced onions, chopped cilantro, toasted sliced almonds, golden raisins and plain yogurt. The best part? A spoonful of mango chutney on the very top.

Pulled Pork Enchiladas

(Photo Credit: Flickr/Mark Mitchell)

We think tortillas make every meal better. Stuff them with scrambled eggs, ham and cheese, hummus and cucumbers—the list goes on! In this case, tortillas are baked with pulled pork and cheese and then slathered with jalapeño verde salsa. To begin, coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 400 F. Top 6 to 8 tortillas with some of the pulled pork and shredded cheese. Roll each one tightly and then snuggle them into the prepared dish. Sprinkle more cheese on top and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with sour cream, chopped scallions, chunks of avocado and the salsa.

Love these next day pulled pork specials? Find more leftover inspiration here to extend the life of your cooking!

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