Pulled pork is DELICIOUS, no doubt about it. But no matter how you’re making it, it can take a looooonnngg time. Even our absolute easiest way to make pulled pork takes 10-14 hours on a grill! So when we set our sights on turning pork shoulder into soft, shredded goodness, we’re making enough for leftovers. Pulled pork will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer, meaning when the craving for BBQ hits, we can be ready. Check out our list of 18 leftover pulled pork recipes—we know what you’ll be having for dinner this week!
First things first, you’re going to have to make the best pulled pork you can if you want it to stay juicy and flavorful for your leftovers meal. Our oven-roasted pulled pork is the easiest (no need for any additional equipment, anyway), and creates those delicious burnt ends where the fat and sauce ingredients have caramelized. The other two options are to make our Instant Pot pulled pork in your pressure cooker or our slow-cooker pulled pork (check out our best slow-cookers if you’re in the market for a new one). What we love about these is that you can set them and forget them, at least for a while—the slow cooker option cooks for 5-10 hours versus an hour in the Instant Pot.
Now that you’ve got your pulled pork, what should you make? There’s the classic answer, and ultimately the best reason to initially make pulled pork—a BBQ sandwich. Put your pulled pork on a potato roll with some coleslaw, and you’ve got a solid sandwich no one can argue with for dinner. Not a fan of potato buns? Try it on a biscuit, like in our pulled pork and kale biscuit sandwiches. Pulled pork sandwiches are also great for turning miniature, like in our BBQ pork sliders with cucumber dill slaw or our tropical whirlybird sliders. Want to break out of the sandwich mold? Try tacos, like our spiced pork tacos with avocado crema and peach salsa or our pulled pork tacos with pineapple slaw.
Looking for something heartier? When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than using leftovers so you don’t have to leave your home to get groceries. Try our green chile pork stew, our barbecue pulled pork shepherd’s pie, or our carnitas enchilada soup that are sure to warm your bones and leave you feeling satisfied.