Memphis-Style BBQ Nachos

Grab a pound of pulled pork from your favorite local barbecue joint or whip up a batch in your slow cooker. This recipe for Memphis-style BBQ nachos will turn it into a delicious dinner in just 25 minutes. The short prep time makes these BBQ nachos easy to pull together on a busy weeknight for dinner or they make a great weekend meal to enjoy on the back patio. Make the homemade Memphis-style barbecue sauce up to a week ahead of time to help your meal come together even faster. If serving the nachos family-style, you can serve the jalapeño chiles on the side as an optional topping if you have members of the family who may not like as much heat. While this recipe serves 8 to 10 people, it's also a great apppetizer or snack for a game day gathering. If you are expecting a larger crowd, the reicpe can easily be doubled to serve more BBQ lovers.

Memphis Style BBQ Nachos
Photo: Greg DuPree
Total Time:
25 mins
8 to 10 serves


  • 1 pound pulled smoked pork

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 cup Memphis BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 6 ounces oz. medium Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 (13-oz.) bag corn tortilla chips (such as Mission Rounds Tortilla Chips)

  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeño chiles (from 1 [12-oz.] jar)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium. Add pork, water, and 1/2 cup of the Memphis BBQ Sauce; cook, tossing occasionally, until mixture is thoroughly heated, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm.

  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Whisk in flour; cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown and beginning to smell nutty, about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk; bring to a simmer over medium-high, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Gradually add cheese, stirring until completely melted. Stir in salt and cayenne.

  3. Arrange chips on a platter; top evenly with pork. Drizzle with cheese sauce and remaining 1/2 cup Memphis BBQ Sauce; top with jalapeño chiles. Serve immediately.

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