12 Ways to Use Pulled Pork for Lunch
Turn leftover pulled pork into great lunches, either during the busy work week or the more relaxed weekend.
Pulled pork is a standard Southern staple, savored in the heat of the summer or on a cold winter day. Growing up in this region, a child soon learns to distinguish a good BBQ joint from a mediocre one: Is there a woodpile close by? Is smoke billowing out of the chimney? Can you smell it before you even see the restaurant? From collegiate tailgates, outdoor receptions, or simple backyard gatherings, pit masters are proud to fire up their BBQ smokers, and share pulled pork sandwiches and classic side dishes with crowds of family and friends. Pulled pork isn’t just for a big feast, however; leftover pork is the basis for great noon-time meals, either during the busy work week or the more relaxed weekend. A little pulled pork, whether from a slow cooker roast or from a BBQ restaurant goes a long way in making nachos, noodle bowls, or sandwiches for lunch. Add a quick and easy dessert, and you have a satisfying meal in no time.
Southwest Pork Stew
Recipe: Southwest Pork Stew
Pick up some shredded pork from your favorite barbecue joint on your way home from work, and you can have this flavorful, cold-weather stew ready in just 20 minutes.
BBQ in a Blanket with Buttermilk-Ranch Sauce
The timeless lunch favorite pigs-in-a-blanket gets a redo with the help of pulled pork and a tasty, homemade Buttermilk-Ranch Sauce.
Summer Brunswick Stew
Recipe: Summer Brunswick Stew
A brighter version of the classic, hearty Brunswick stew, this summery broth lets the flavors of fresh-picked corn and lady peas shine.
Korean Cabbage Wraps with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad
Korean-style barbecue gets added depth from gochujang, a spicy-sweet fermented chili paste used in Korean dishes. Find it in the Asian section of supermarkets or Walmart.
Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
Recipe: Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
The sweet potato biscuits freeze beautifully, so you may want to double the recipe and freeze some for another meal.
Pulled Pork Nachos
Recipe: Pulled Pork Nachos
Dress up these nachos any way you like. The pulled pork also makes delicious quesadillas, tacos, or sandwiches.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings
This pork shoulder is slow-cooked in an aromatic bath of pineapple, beer, and canned chipotles in adobo. Then prepare a taco bar full of fresh flavors, bright colors, and crunchy textures.
Pulled Pork Griddle Cakes
Recipe: Pulled Pork Griddle Cakes
These savory griddlecakes are bursting with pork. Topped with a fresh cherry salsa, they make a hearty and tasty meal.
Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls
Recipe: Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls
A light and refreshing summer meal, this recipe features sweet, juicy peaches and tasty pulled pork.
Down-South Banh Mi
Recipe: Down-South Banh Mi
Here's a Southern spin on a classic Vietnamese-French sub. The pickled pepper mixture makes a zesty topping for a number of dishes; so keep some on hand to enhance anything from a grilled steak to a bowl of white beans and cornbread.
Barbecue Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Barbecue Mac and Cheese
Stir in some flavorful pulled pork to make this classic family-friendly dish even better. Just don’t count on any leftovers.