What To Do With Pulled Pork Besides Sandwiches
Pulled pork is a summer staple that may have appeared on your picnic table, covered in a sweet, tangy barbeque sauce, just begging to be scooped in mounds onto a fluffy sandwich bun for a portable treat. Have you ever wondered if there was more to the best pulled pork than sandwiches, though? Sure, you could slap some pulled pork on hamburger buns and top it with coleslaw and honey mustard and call it a great pulled pork sandwich, but, here, we’re going a step further and showcasing the best things you can do with pulled pork. These are easy recipes, the cooking time isn't long at all, yet your guests will love them, and you’ll be the new Barbecue Master in town!
Pulled pork comes from the tender, juicy pork shoulder roast cut of pork located on – you guessed it – the shoulder area of the pig. Also known as pork butt, it’s available bone-in or bone-out and is so versatile! The following recipes, with their ingredients, let the pork stand out and are simple and so delicious.
Pulled Pork Whiskey Shepard’s Pie with a Cheddar Biscuit Crust
- 2 cups flour, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 4 Tbsp butter (cold and cut into cubes)
- 1/3 cup cream
- 2 Tbsp chives
- 2 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup whisky BBQ sauce
- 2 cups mashed potatoes (thick)
Pulled Pork Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 large bag frozen sweet potato fries
- 1 cup cheddar cheese and 1 cup pepper jack cheese
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 cup black beans
- 1/3 cup white onions (caramelized)
- 1 cup Root Beer
- 1 cup scallions
30 Minute Posole
- 1 small yellow onion
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp flour
- Spices – 2 Tbsp mild chili powder, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ cayenne pepper, ¾ tsp salt
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 4 oz. can of green chilies
- 15 oz. can of hominy
- 1 fresh lime
- ½ bunch of fresh cilantro
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Gyros
- Spices – cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper
- Olive oil
- Greek yogurt
- Apple cider vinegar
- Produce – Cabbage, matchstick carrots, cherry tomatoes, avocados, onions
Whiskey Shepherd’s Pie
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a glass 9” deep pie pan or casserole dish with a non-stick cooking spray.
- In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chives and gently whisk.
- Add in the butter and use a pastry cutter or fork until you have pea sized chunks.
- Pour in cream and gently combine.
- Pour the mixture (should be crumbly) onto a highly floured surface.
- Slowly add cheese and combine into dough.
- Pat the dough into the bottom of a pan, all the way up the sides so it’s even with the top of the pan.
- Add the pulled pork and cover the bottom of the pan.
- Drizzle BBQ sauce over the top and then sprinkle cheese over it.
- Using a spatula, gently spread mashed potatoes over top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool for fifteen minutes before slicing.
Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
- Season pork shoulder with salt and pepper.
- Heat in a pan and sear for four minutes and then put in a crockpot on high for four hours or slow for eight hours. Shred and toss with Root Beer and sauce. Keep warm.
- Layer fries, pulled pork, black beans, caramelized onions, cheeses, and repeat.
- Bake at 400 degrees for fifteen minutes until cheese has melted. Top with salsa and green onions. Serve with bbq sauce.
30 Minute Posole
- Finely dice the onion, then add it to a large soup pot along with the canola oil. Sauté the onion in the oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until it is tender and transparent. Add the flour and chili powder and continue to sauté for two minutes more. The mixture will be dry, so stir continuously to prevent burning.
- Add 2 cups water, tomato paste, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt to the pot. Whisk the ingredients together until the tomato paste is dissolved. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer, at which point it will thicken.
- Finally, add the chicken broth, shredded meat, diced chiles, and hominy (drained). Stir to combine and then heat through (about 10 minutes).
- Cut the lime into wedges and roughly chop the cilantro. Top each bowl with chopped cilantro and a wedge of lime to squeeze over top.
Slow Cooker Gyros
- In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, oregano, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Season pork shoulder by rubbing spice mixture thoroughly on all sides.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and sear both sides until brown, about four minutes.
- Place garlic, onions, pork, and one cup water into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for eight hours or high heat for four to five hours.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine cabbage and carrots. In another bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and sugar to taste. Pour over slaw and stir until well combined. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Remove pork loin after cook time and shred the meat before returning to the pot with the juices. Add more seasoning if necessary and cover and warm for an additional thirty minutes.
- To assemble, top each pita with pork, slaw, tomatoes, and avocado then serve immediately.
If you will be hosting gatherings this season, having a creative array of pulled pork recipes on hand (other than just dry bbq sandwiches) will make your party food go from blah and ordinary to the talk of the town (or neighborhood). And the best part? These recipes can be made from things you can find in your fridge and pantry or with a quick run to your local grocery store. So, the next time you’re craving pulled pork, dig into one of these best pulled pork recipes for an unforgettable meal your family will love and ask for again and again.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Kind of Meat do You Use for Pulled Pork?
You can use a variety of different cuts for making pulled pork, but we think the pork shoulder (also called the Picnic Shoulder or the Boston Butt) is the best cut for pulled pork. You could also use the pork loin, but this cut is much leaner than the shoulder. The shoulder has the perfect amount of inter-muscular fat to keep the shredded pork nice and juicy.
Can You Use a Pork Roast for Pulled Pork?
You might find a cut of meat at the butcher counter labeled “pork roast.” You should ask the butcher where this piece of meat was cut from. It’s typically cut from the shoulder, but it may also be cut from the sirloin section of a pig. You can use it for pulled pork, but it’s always best to know what you’re working with, first.
Can You Shred a Pork Loin?
If you want a leaner pulled pork, the pork loin might be the most attractive option. The easiest way to shred a pork loin is to put it in the slow cooker. Since we’re all about grilling and smoking, we’d recommend smoking it instead! Do be sure to brine your pork loin before hitting the smoker for a super juicy, moist pulled pork.
How Long is Leftover Pulled Pork Good For?
Like most meat products, pulled pork is good for three to four days. It should be cooled properly after cooking and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can also freeze pulled pork for up to six months.
How Do I Reheat Pulled Pork?
If you have leftover pulled pork and you want to make one of the fabulous recipes in this post, you can reheat your pork in a number of different ways. The first is in a slow cooker or Crock Pot, which takes the most amount of time but it’s also the most hands-off method. Another easy way is to wrap it in foil and put it in a low-temperature oven until it reaches 165 degrees F (about 30 minutes). Finally, you can heat it up on the skillet if you don’t mind giving it a bit of color.