Pulled Pork. You know you love it. It’s savory, it’s sweet, and it’s easy to make for a crowd or just 2 lovebirds. Plus, it’s just so darned versatile. Don’t believe me? Check out these ways to mix up your pulled pork game and you’ll soon change your tune.
1. Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Let’s start at the very beginning – you have to make some pulled pork. With this easy recipe, you can make it right in your kitchen without any fancy smokers or expensive ingredients. All you need is some time, some pork, and a combination of spices and ingredients to give you that perfectly smoky-sweet pulled pork you crave. Get our Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe.
Game time! This is a crowd pleaser and a great way to stretch a dollar. Just top crunchy tortilla chips with cheese, melt in the oven, and then top with pulled pork, pickled jalapenos, cotija cheese, and whatever else you can think of. Don’t be scared to add a little drizzle of BBQ sauce, too. Get our Pulled Pork Nachos recipe.
3. Pulled Pork Waffles
Fried chicken better watch out – the waffle has a new buddy and she is CUTE. Pile pulled pork between fluffy waffles and layer the whole dish with crunchy scallions and tangy BBQ sauce. It’s breakfast, it’s dinner, and it’s everything you want in a midnight snack. Get the recipe here.
4. Pulled Pork Pizza
This pizza couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious to eat. All you need is pizza dough, BBQ sauce, mozzarella cheese, and plenty of that pulled pork. Feel free to add some fresh cilantro or diced scallions to jazz up the pizza as a cocktail party flatbread. Get the recipe here.
5. Pulled Pork Loaded Fries
How about making fries the main course? It’s easy with these pulled pork topped fries. These crispy fries are loaded with juicy pork, tangy cheddar cheese, and an extra umami dose of sautéed mushrooms and onions. All that you need to add is a beer and your favorite TV show. Get the recipe here.
6. Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie gets a tangy southern influence with pulled pork standing in for ground beef or lamb. Just top your pulled pork with frozen peas and corn, top with plenty of mashed potatoes and cheese and then bake until the cheese is melted and crunchy around the edges. A crowd pleaser but just as appealing when made and served in a single portion ramekin. Get the recipe here.
7. BBQ Spaghetti Casserole
Spaghetti. BBQ sauce. Pulled pork. Cheese. If those words don’t make your heart beat a little faster, get yourself to a doctor. A BBQ accented tomato sauce dresses pulled pork and spaghetti and then the whole casserole gets topped with a blanket of sharp cheddar cheese. The secret is mixing sour cream into the tomato sauce to make it extra creamy. Get the recipe here.
8. Pulled Pork Enchilada Salad
The ideal way to eat enchiladas without feeling guilty is to put them on a salad. This salad is loaded with the good stuff – pulled pork, cheese, black beans, and a particularly addictive dressing/sauce made with sriracha and Coca-Cola! Feel free to go rogue on the additions – pickled jalapenos, sour cream, and diced avocado would all be welcome additions here. Get the recipe here.
9. Pulled Pork Hash
It’s never too early to enjoy pulled pork. For your next 6 am wake up call, wouldn’t it be nice to sit down to a plate of crispy potatoes, juicy pulled pork, and creamy avocado, all topped with a gently poached egg? Of course you would. Luckily, this works just as well for dinner as it does for breakfast, so you can enjoy it around the clock. Get the recipe here.
Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching "Arrested Development" reruns.