25 Pulled Pork Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Photo: Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Pulled pork is affordable and delicious, which makes it an ideal ingredient for weeknight dinners. Since most of these recipes are great for feeding crowds, it's a go-to choice for tailgates and potlucks. Whether you're looking to dress up leftovers or create a special barbecue spread, there are countless ways to use pulled pork.

These recipes will be hit at Sunday Supper, the church potluck, and your dinner party. With company-worthy options like Italian-Style Grits and Greens with Pulled Pork and Mushrooms or our bite-size Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw, you can use these creative ideas for everything, from main dishes to appetizers. Since your pork must be tender, we have dozens of Crock Pot recipes that cook the meat low-and-slow without a smoker. Whether you need an easy weeknight slow-cooker solution or a tailgating recipe that will wow your sorority sisters, these dishes are easy, affordable, and kid-friendly too. Meet your new weeknight and weekend favorites.

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Pork Carnitas Nachos

Pork Carnitas Nachos
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

Recipe: Pork Carnitas Nachos

No one will protest when you announce you're serving nachos for dinner. Your slow cooker helps slash hands-on time to make this recipe incredibly easy.

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Italian-Style Grits and Greens with Pulled Pork and Mushrooms

Italian-Style Grits and Greens with Pulled Pork and Mushrooms
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Italian-Style Grits and Greens with Pulled Pork and Mushrooms

Company coming? This meal is comforting and impressive. Slow-cooker grits make prep easier, and the pork can be made up to two days in advance.

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BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes

BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes
Greg DuPree

Recipe: BBQ Pork Loaded Baked Potatoes

This fun recipe might be your family's new favorite way to eat barbecue. Make a toppings bar for the kids to customize their potatoes.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

A taco night recipe this delicious calls for a pitcher (or two) of homemade margaritas. Whether you're celebrating a promotion or the end of a long week, any excuse is a good one to throw an at-home fiesta.

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5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Dinner has never been easier than this five-ingredient, hands-off recipe.

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Harry Young's Burgoo

Harry Young’s Burgoo
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Harry Young's Burgoo

This storied Kentucky stew has changed over the years, but it's still made with a big crowd in mind. Make some for dinner now, freeze some for dinner later.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings

This tender pork cooks in pineapple and chipotles in adobo for the perfect sweet and spicy mix. Fresh toppings like radishes, onion, cabbage, avocado, and goat cheese add flavor and texture.

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Seven ingredients and 10 minutes of hands-on time are all you need to get dinner on the table. Make sandwiches or platters with our favorite barbecue side dishes for a complete meal.

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Pulled Pork Barbecue Nachos

Pulled Pork Barbecue Nachos
Helen Dujardin; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Recipe: Pulled Pork Barbecue Nachos

Stop by the local barbecue joint to pick up pre-pulled pork and throw together the easiest dinner of the week. Make it again to watch the game on Saturday.

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The Southern Living Pulled Pork Sandwich

The Southern Living Pulled Pork Sandwich
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: The Southern Living Pulled Pork Sandwich

Topped with our own chowchow blend, a homemade sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, and smoked pork butt made with our own spice rub, this is the ultimate barbecue sandwich, if we do say so ourselves.

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Championship Pork Butt

Championship Pork Butt
Photo by Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Styling by Lisa Powell Bailey / Food Styling by Pam Lolley

Recipe: Championship Pork Butt

This pork butt is injected with marinade and coated in a dry spice rub for double the flavor. It'll win the game at every tailgate you attend.

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Southwest Pork Stew

Southwest Pork Stew
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Southwest Pork Stew

Would you believe you could have a cozy stew ready in just 20 minutes? With this easy recipe, you can.

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Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

Soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar slow cook to form the ideal sweet and tangy sauce for tender pork shoulder.

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Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw

Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw

This big-batch recipe freezes well, so have these mini biscuits at this week's tailgate or dinner party and next. With a bit of sweet and savory, these are the perfect bites.

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Pulled Pork Griddle Cakes

Korean Cabbage Wraps with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Pulled Pork Griddle Cakes

Fresh cherry salsa is the ideal topping for these savory cornmeal griddle cakes and pulled pork. This recipe has a high yield, so invite the neighbors over to enjoy, too.

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Barbecued Pork Quesadillas

Barbecued Pork Quesadillas
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Barbecued Pork Quesadillas

Pork quesadillas? Why not? This six-ingredient recipe has us convinced we can use barbecue pork with any style cuisine.

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Barbecue Mac and Cheese

Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Barbecue Mac and Cheese

This hearty mac and cheese recipe is filling enough to stand alone at dinnertime, and it's ready in just 20 minutes.

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Pork Noodle Bowls

Pork Noodle Bowls
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pork Noodle Bowls

This light recipe is an inventive way to use slow-cooked pulled pork. These noodle bowls come together quickly for an easy dinner or lunch recipe.

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Korean Cabbage Wraps with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad

Korean Cabbage Wraps with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Korean Cabbage Wraps with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad

These low-carb wraps are a fun way to get a healthy meal on the table. Chili paste adds heat that's evened out with a sweet-and-sour cucumber salad.

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Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls

Sweet Pepper-Peanut Sauce
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls

Sweet, juicy peaches, savory pulled pork, crunchy cucumber and apple, fresh avocado and our sweet pepper peanut sauce for dipping? This light recipe will be the prettiest brown bag lunch you ever bring.

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BBQ in a Blanket with Buttermilk-Ranch Sauce

BBQ in a Blanket with Buttermilk-Ranch Sauce
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: BBQ in a Blanket with Buttermilk-Ranch Sauce

Upgrade your pig-in-a-blanket recipe with pulled pork and a four-ingredient sauce that you'll want to bottle and save for chicken fingers and barbecue sandwiches.

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Quesadillas al Pastor

Quesadillas al Pastor
Skyler Burt

Recipe: Quesadillas al Pastor

Pineapple-avocado relish adds color and freshness to this easy quesadilla recipe that you can make for lunch, dinner, or football watch parties.

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Summer Brunswick Stew

Summer Brunswick Stew
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Summer Brunswick Stew

Soups and stews aren't reserved for cold weather. With a light broth and summery additions like fresh corn, lady peas, and tomatoes, you can enjoy this recipe all summer long.

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Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

Barbecue Pork Sandwiches
Southern Living

Recipe: Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

We prefer our barbecue pork sandwiches topped with a few Dill pickles. Want to add a personal touch to the lineup? Homemade pickles should do the trick.

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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Pulled pork and mac and cheese join forces in this epic cross-over dish.

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