11 Best Leftover Pulled Pork Recipes (Besides Sandwiches)

4.75 from 4 votes
4.75 from 4 votes

Bored of the usual sandwich recipe for your pulled pork? Here are some of the best pulled pork recipes and ideas out there to get you excited for grill time again.

what to do with pulled pork besides sandwiches

Slow-cooked or smoked pulled pork remains one of my favorite meat dishes to this day. Put it in a sandwich and I can’t say no.

After a while though, sandwich after sandwich can get a bit boring. So what more can we do with pulled pork than just sandwiches?

In today’s post I’m going to show you a whole variety of ways that we can let pork stand out. Here’s a list of ideas to get you inspired to get the grill out for some pulled pork.

Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos

bbq smoked pulled pork nachos

Is there any greater party dish than nachos? These smoked pulled pork nachos take everything great about the crowd-pleaser favorite and take it to a new level by cooking them on the grill. Cooked over charcoal and wood, the nachos are coated with a thin layer of applewood chips to give them a unique flavor that still does justice to the real star of the show: The pulled pork.


smoked pulled pork tacos

Tacos don’t really need any introduction. They’re delicious, can be filled with anything, and can be adapted to any dietary need. Our smoked pulled pork tacos match the juicy and tender pork meat with citrus, chopped red onion, and BBQ sauce for a mouthful of punchy flavors. It can be made with freshly smoked Boston Butt or leftovers.


Pulled Pork Gyros

We had shepherd’s pie for winter comfort food, and now we have something at the other end of the spectrum for the warmer months.

Slow cooking might not seem like a summery approach to cooking, but if it keeps things simple in the kitchen and stops you sweating over a stove then it can’t hurt!

See my guide on how much pulled pork per person to serve

Greek food is one of my favorite world cuisines, and the chance to fit some pulled pork into Greek-inspired recipes is one to jump at.

As Julia says, it goes great in tacos and matched perfectly with a traditional Greek tzatziki sauce, this recipe isn’t to be missed.

Check it out

Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

Pulled Pork Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

I have a confession: I far prefer sweet potato fries over normal fries. I’m sorry.

Except I’m not sorry, because they serve as the perfect accompaniment to barbecue food. And this recipe is the perfect example of this.

As Brianne says, these pulled pork loaded sweet potato fries work as a BBQ dinner or a game day dish. The pork sits on a bed of potato fries, while covered in BBQ sauce, cheese, and coleslaw.

Check it out

Mexican Posole Soup

Mexican Posole Soup Recipe With Shredded Pork

If you haven’t had posole before then this is your perfect entry point to the underrated dish.

Posole is a Mexican soup that features all the best flavors often found in Mexican cuisine. Cumin, cilantro, lime, hot sauce. It even has tortillas.

You can slow cook it to squeeze maximum flavor out of it, and ensuring that your pulled pork achieves that ideal falling away-like aesthetic.

While it can be made with beef or chicken, I think pork is the perfect meat for it. It’s crying out to be slow cooked, and pulled pork does the rest of it justice.

Check it out

Shepherd’s Pie

Pulled Pork Shepherd's Pie

Making use of leftover pulled pork, this recipe combines it with one of my other favorite comfort foods: Shepherd’s Pie. The dish might traditionally be made with ground lamb, but the pork steps up to the plate brilliantly.

If you really want to experiment even more, you could even try to mix it up with some sweet potatoes and a dash of bourbon.

Check it out

Salsa Verde Burritos

Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Burritos

Naturally, I’m following tacos with burritos. I mean, why wouldn’t you?

This recipe matches the pork with sour cream sauce, cheese, and BBQ sauce. It packs a lot into each burrito, but if you’re not packing the tortilla to its absolute limits are you actually making a burrito?

Check it out


Pulled Pork Enchiladas Pork Carnitas

OK, there is a bit of a theme developing here. Matched with a beautiful creamy cheese sauce, these BBQ enchiladas make great use of leftover pulled pork. What’s more, they only take half an hour to cook.

Check it out

Pulled Pork Salad

Pulled Pork Salad

If you want a lighter way to enjoy pulled pork, then where better to turn than a salad? Matched with avocado, BBQ dressing, and fresh greens this stripped-down dish is the perfect fuss-free way to get stuck into those leftovers.

Check it out

Sriracha Jalapeño Poppers

Pulled Pork Sriracha Jalapeño Poppers

What a name. These jalapeño poppers are wrapped in bacon and then cooked in an electric or offset smoker.

This recipes takes poppers to the next level by throwing in leftover pulled pork too, giving you addictive meaty bites that go with any barbecue.

Check it out


Pulled Pork Pizza

Pork. Jalapenos. Pizza. Say no more.

OK, I’ll say a little bit more… This pizza recipe uses a beautiful homemade base and homemade BBQ sauce, matched with Mexican influenced flavors.

All topped off with pineapple to give a sweet and tangy taste to a heavenly pizza.

Check it out


Pulled Pork Sushi

That’s right: Sushi.

It might not be the first recipe you come to think of when deciding what to do with your leftovers, but believe me, this works.

Sushi does take a bit of practice, but once you can get a bit of a conveyor belt and assembly line going you hit your stride.

This recipe takes the form of nori nori rolls, which are a type of sushi that have a coating of seaweed around the rice and filling.

Not sure how to cook your leftover pork? Here’s how to reheat pulled pork without drying it out.

Click to Pin

About the Author

Ben Isham-Smith

A BBQ obsessive, Ben is behind 250+ of The Online Grill’s recipes, as well as countless barbecue guides to help barbecue newbies get to grips with the world’s best form of cooking.

Still hungry? Check out more BBQ posts