50 Creative Recipes that Use Leftover Pulled Pork

Making pulled pork is a delicious way to use a large cut of pork, like a pork shoulder, Boston butt, or picnic roast. Since these tend to be large cuts, you’re likely to have plenty of leftover meat — and that’s a good thing! Instead of just having a repeat of last night’s dinner, you can give your leftovers new life with these creative dishes!

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Whether you’ve mixed your pork with barbecue sauce (like my favorite Carolina Gold sauce recipe!), cooked it carnitas-style, or left it neutral to allow for maximum versatility, you’ll be sure to find plenty of recipes here to put your leftovers to good use.

My favorite way to make pulled pork is with this easy pulled pork recipe without bbq sauce. This is so simple to set and forget in the morning, shred later, and end up with both a delicious meal and those coveted leftovers! Plus, without sauce, the flavor is neutral enough to use in any of the recipes below.

Tips for Storing Leftover Pulled Pork

Want to make the most of your leftover pulled pork? Follow these tips for best results!

  • Leave some plain. Set some of your original pulled pork aside before adding sauce so you can have more options for what to do with leftovers!
  • Use refrigerated cooked pork within 3-4 days. If you don’t want pork twice in a week, freeze the rest for an easy meal later. 
  • Freeze in individual portions. That way, you can pull out a single freezer bag of pork for easy weeknight dinners!
  • For helpful tips and safety guidelines for storing leftover pulled pork, visit my comprehensive article on how long pulled pork lasts.

All right, are you ready to get some ideas for how to use leftover pulled pork? Let’s jump in!

Pulled Pork Appetizers

These pulled pork appetizers are perfect for your next party or for game day!

1. Ultimate Pulled Pork Stuffed Potato Skins

Unlike any potato skins you’ve tried, these “pigskins” are filled with pulled pork and topped with cheddar cheese and all the fixins.

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2. Pulled Pork Lumpia

These BBQ-inspired Filipino-style egg rolls are a perfect way to use leftover pulled pork! They’re filled with smoky pulled pork, zesty BBQ coleslaw, and spicy Sriracha aioli before being fried up to crispy perfection.

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3. Cheesy pulled pork dip

Cheesy pulled pork dip is the perfect appetizer for watching the game or tailgating. Full of tender barbecue pork, this is an addicting queso style treat you won’t be able to get enough of!

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4. Stuffed BBQ “Cupcakes”

Savory cornbread cupcakes are filled with BBQ pulled pork and topped with a pimento cheese “frosting”. This creative presentation would be ideal for April Fools day!

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Pulled Pork Nachos and Fries

Pulled pork leftovers are perfect for topping nachos and even fries! Check out these colorful recipes for your next get-together. They can even be a meal in themselves!

5. Barbecue Pulled Pork Nachos

Barbecue pulled pork nachos are a delicious way to use up leftover pulled pork. These loaded, cheesy chips make a delicious appetizer for tailgating and football parties but are hearty enough for a main course as well.

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6. Oven Roasted Pulled Pork Nachos

Oven Roasted Pulled Pork Nachos are full of flavor from slow cooker pulled pork, shredded cheese, veggies, and sour cream drizzle. Perfect for game day!

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7. BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos with Pickled Red Onions

Delicious cheddar cheesy BBQ pulled pork nachos are an easy crowd pleaser. Load them up with fresh favorites like with pickled red onions, green onions and cilantro. Or, make it more of a meal with black beans, corn and tomatoes!

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8. Pulled Pork Poutine

This recipe for Pulled Pork Poutine is a fun way to use leftover pulled pork! French fries, gravy, and cheese curds make a perfect vessel for delicious homemade pulled pork in this easy poutine recipe.

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9. Easy Pulled Pork Nachos with White Cheese Sauce

Easy cheesy pulled pork nachos are topped with a homemade white cheese sauce and can be made with leftover shredded pork in less than 15 minutes!

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10. Smoked Pork and Cheddar BBQ Nachos

These nachos are topped with BBQ pulled pork, cheddar cheese, and green onions!

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Pulled pork sandwiches and sliders

Using leftover pulled pork to make sandwiches and sliders may seem obvious, but you’ll find some creative ways here to serve your leftovers on a roll!

11. Cuban Pulled Pork Sliders

Traditional ingredients of a Cuban sandwich are placed between dinner rolls or slider buns to make perfectly-sized sliders.

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12. Tripletas (Steak, Pernil, and Ham Sandwiches)

Combine leftover pulled pork with marinated and pan-seared cube steak (or bistek) and deli sliced ham to make this classic Puerto Rican sandwich!

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13. Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

This article wouldn’t be complete without classic barbecue pulled pork sliders! These sliders are layered with pulled pork and pepper jack cheese between Hawaiian rolls or dinner rolls, brushed with a garlic butter sauce, and baked until hot and melty. Heavenly!

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14. Hoisin Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

Use the recipe’s hoisin marinade as a sauce on leftovers and layer with kimchi on Hawaiian rolls to channel the flavors of the Pacific islands!

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15. Korean BBQ Pork Sandwich

This sandwich uses a Korean-style bbq sauce and a crunchy slaw with Asian dressing on a delicious baguette sandwich that’s a meal in itself!

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Pulled Pork Pizza recipes

What’s that? Pulled pork on a homemade pizza? Absolutely! Try some of these creative combos to make your next pizza night as unique as it is delicious!

16. Leftover Pulled Pork Pizza with Kale

This amazing white pizza is topped with leftover pulled pork, kale and plenty of cheese, of course! 

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17. Avocado Pulled Pork Flatbread with Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

This fun flatbread pizza uses tequila lime pulled pork with a quick and easy tomatillo salsa. Topped with red onion, cheese, pico de gallo, and creamy avocado, it’s a surefire win for dinnertime!

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18. BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Asparagus

Need a quick meal? Use leftover pulled pork to make this BBQ pulled pork pizza with asparagus in just 20 minutes for a delicious dinner!

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19. Pulled Pork and Apple Pizza

Succulent pulled pork and juicy apple is piled on this pizza with onion and sweet barbecue sauce. The combination of flavors in this quick pizza with easy pre-made crust and leftover pork is fun for pizza night, even on a weeknight.

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Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, and more!

Whether you’ve cooked your pulled pork carnitas-style or with bbq sauce, you’ll love these Mexican-fusion and Mexican recipes. You can use your leftovers for tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and even tamales!

20. Pulled Pork Quesadillas with Salsa Verde

Smoked pork quesadillas with Oaxaca cheese and salsa verde are modeled after a restaurant favorite. These are even impressive enough for entertaining!

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21. Black Bean Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Make Pulled Pork Quesadillas with black beans and leftover pulled pork (carnitas) in under 30 minutes. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. These tasty quesadillas reheat well for lunch the next day!

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22. Baked Pulled Pork Quesadillas

These Pulled Pork Quesadillas are cheesy, shatteringly crisp, and certain to win the hearts (and tastebuds) of everyone who tries them! This recipe shows you how to make quesadillas for the whole family, so four to six quesadillas are all piping hot and ready to serve at the same time.

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23. Pulled Pork Tostadas

Pulled pork sandwich meets tostada in this tasty dish featuring tostadas stacked with smoked gouda cheese, tender pulled pork, coleslaw, and a quick BBQ sauce.

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24. Pulled Pork Tacos with Peach Salsa

These leftover pulled pork tacos feature spicy peach salsa, avocados, and crumbled cotija cheese.

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25. Pork Street Tacos with Pickled Taco Slaw

I don’t know about you but I could go for a few of these pulled pork street tacos topped with a crunchy pickled taco slaw! You can use carnitas-style pulled pork or add chili lime seasoning to plain leftover pulled pork.

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26. Crispy Leftover Pork Tacos

Carnitas typically has crispy bits on the outside while remaining tender and juicy inside. Give your leftover pulled pork the carnitas treatment by crisping it up in some bacon grease to use in these delicious tacos!

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27. Sweet Pork Enchiladas

Sweet pork enchiladas use sweet and saucy shredded pork wrapped in corn or flour tortillas. Green enchilada sauce complements the sweet pork, along with plenty of cheese! Be sure to check out the related sweet pork recipe as well to see what kind of flavorings to add before using your leftover pork in these enticing enchiladas!

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28. Cheesy Barbecue Pulled Pork Enchiladas 

Cheesy pulled pork enchiladas are a delicious fusion of barbecue flavors with a Mexican-inspired presentation!

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29. Creamy Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Part barbecue and part Tex-Mex, these enchiladas are a perfect way to turn leftover pulled pork into something completely different. The BBQ pulled pork filling goes perfectly with sour cream and cheese sauce. Serve with refried beans and Mexican rice!

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30. Mexican Pulled Pork Tamales

Slow cooked pulled pork is a delicious filling for Mexican pulled pork tamales. This recipe comes with an easy step by step tutorial so you can see how easy they are to make. Batch make them and freeze for a make ahead meal idea.

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Pulled Pork Casseroles and One-Pan Meals

Using pulled pork in a casserole is a great way to give new life to your leftovers. These one-pan dishes will make great meals for the whole family!

31. One Pan BBQ Pulled Pork and Rice Skillet Supper

This one pan dinner is a great way to use up leftover pulled pork. The rice soaks up so much flavor as it cooks and there are almost no dirty dishes. 

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32. Cast Iron Cuban Casserole

Turn your leftover pulled pork into a delicious low carb Cuban casserole. This healthy dinner is ready in no time using the leftovers out of your fridge.

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33. Leftover Pulled Pork Casserole

Indulge in this rich pulled pork casserole with green chiles in a creamy sauce and plenty of penne pasta.

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34. Pulled Pork Enchilada Casserole

This pulled pork enchilada casserole is packed with layers of pork, enchilada sauce, tortillas, and cheese. It’s a meal your whole family will love!

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Chili, Soups, and Stews

Convert your pork into a cozy and comforting meal in a bowl with these delicious recipes!

35. Pulled Pork Chili

Pulled pork chili is a delicious way to use up your leftovers in a completely different but super satisfying dinner. Slow cooked to perfection, this hearty chili recipe needs almost no prep work to yield yummy results!

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36. Easy Smoked Pork Green Chili (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Add leftover pulled pork to a crock pot along with beans, onions, spices, and salsa verde for a unique chili recipe that goes great with tortilla chips!

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37. New Mexico Posole Recipe (Pozole Rojo)

While this New Mexico Posole recipe is written to cook and shred pork ribs, you’ll have a head start if you swap leftover pulled pork instead! This hearty, flavorful pork stew is made with New Mexico red chiles, garlic, pork, and hominy. Full of rich and spicy flavor, this soup is perfect on those cold nights when you need a warm, comforting meal.

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Low Carb Pulled Pork Recipes

If you don’t want all the carbs from nachos, pizza, or tortillas, you can use your leftovers in these great low-carb pulled pork dinner recipes!

38. BBQ Pulled Pork Salad

Combine the sweet, tangy and smoky flavors of a classic BBQ sauce with slow cooked pulled pork and a crunchy cabbage, carrot, apple, and kohlrabi slaw. This is one of the best BBQ pulled pork salads you’ll ever have!

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39. Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

These flavor-packed lettuce wraps are filled with spiced pulled pork and crunchy broccoli slaw for a great low-carb dinner option!

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Pulled Pork Pasta Recipes

Pulled pork doesn’t have to go on a bun or tortilla! Give some of these pulled pork pasta recipes a try for a fun and innovative twist!

40. Creamy BBQ Pulled Pork Pasta

This creamy spaghetti uses leftover pulled or shredded pork along with bbq sauce, tomatoes, and plenty of cheese for a pasta dish the whole family will love!

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41. Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

This pulled pork mac and cheese bake is a deliciously comforting way to use up any leftover barbecue and turn it into an entirely new meal. Featuring a rich cheese sauce, tender meat, and zesty barbecue sauce, this is a next level round two dinner that even the kids will love!

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42. BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Shells

Leftover pulled pork is stuffed in cheesy pasta shells and topped with sweet barbecue sauce. This easy recipe uses simple ingredients for a sweet and savory dinner.

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43. Pulled Pork Pasta

This easy recipe uses penne pasta, leftover bbq pulled pork, and sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions to make a delicious pasta dish.

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44. Pork Drunken Noodles

This easy recipe for pork drunken noodles tastes just like your favorite take-out and takes less than 30 minutes to put together! This quick noodle dish will quickly become a weeknight favorite!

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Pulled Pork Breakfast Recipes

Pulled pork isn’t just for dinner! From omelets to casseroles to sweet potato hash, these breakfast recipes will let you enjoy pulled pork for any meal of the day!

45. Pulled Pork Breakfast Skillet

This delicious breakfast skillet pairs smoky pulled pork sweet potatoes, black beans, peppers, avocados, and sunny side up eggs. It’s a complete and hearty morning meal in a cast iron pan!

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46. Pulled Pork Hash Brown Casserole

Loaded hash browns PLUS juicy pulled pork? Count me in! This cheesy casserole can be served for breakfast or dinner, using hash browns, tater tots, or even pasta as a base!

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47. BBQ Pulled Pork English Muffins

Pile pulled pork on a halved English muffin along with bacon, cheese, and jalapeño in this unique leftovers recipe! I wouldn’t mind having one of these for breakfast instead of an eggs Benedict!

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48. Southern Barbecue pork grits

Use these super creamy Southern grits as a base for your barbecue pulled pork leftovers. Use some extra Carolina Gold sauce or your favorite barbecue sauce on the grits too!

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49. Pulled Pork Omelette

Combine barbecue pulled pork with green peppers, onions, pickled jalapeños, and cheese for a unique omelette filling!

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50. Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash

Leftover pulled pork pairs perfectly with sweet potatoes in this delicious one-skillet Pulled Pork Hash recipe. Add an egg on top to make this a complete meal. Naturally gluten free. Try it for breakfast or dinner this week!

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Is your mouth watering yet? If so, make yourself a freezer stash of pulled pork with this slow cooker root beer pulled pork recipe so you can try out some of these amazing leftovers recipes!

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