Monday, June 23, 2014

Ways to Use Leftover Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is one of my most favorite meals, I love trying new ways and methods to prepare it and it's usually the only thing I order when we visit a favorite restaurant in town. Not everyone shares the same excitement in our family, especially the hubby. They'll all eat it just fine but are done after one meal.

So to not get bored eating sandwiches day after day, I try to get creative and change it up a bit. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite suggestions for using up leftover pork, whether it's slathered in barbecue sauce or plain.

Many times when I prepare a roast whether it be in a slow cooker or using the dutch oven, it's meant to be for pulled pork {or beef}. I have a couple of recipes I like, found here and here. Last week I did take the slow cooker route but instead of using pop {we've since eliminated that from our house altogether} I added just a little bit of water and liquid smoke to the pot. Broth would be great to use also. The meat ended up being very tender and full of flavor.

Our roast was on the smaller side, which meant I didn't have tons of leftovers like I might normally have. For the next couple days my lunch consisted of a baked potato topped with cheddar cheese and some of our barbecue pork mixture. A simple, yet filling meal.

It's been awhile since I've made this particular dish, but barbecue chicken and penne skillet is a great way to make use for any type of barbecue meat, whether it be pork, beef or chicken. I remember making this for the daycare kiddos and they loved it. Usually anything with pasta is a hit with children. I should also add this meal is made from start to finish in under 25 minutes!

While I don't have any pictures for these next suggestions, I think they're worth sharing:

barbecue pulled pork pizza- add any of your favorite toppings such as sliced red onion, maybe some spinach or arugula and of course extra barbecue sauce

tostadas- use any type of meat for this and if you don't normally add barbecue sauce while your roast is cooking, this will be perfect. Shred the meat and top over tostada shells, layer with lettuce, tomato, peppers, avocado, cheese, sour cream and salsa.

nachos- a fun appetizer, again layer meat over tortilla chips. Top with cheese and heat until melted. Then again, you can top with some of your favorite veggies and serve with salsa if desired.

salads- for a healthier spin, top your favorite garden veggies with leftover meat. This would make for a healthy lunch or light dinner.

lettuce wraps- again for a meal that's lighter and healthy, use large leaf lettuce, make just like you would a taco or wrap.

I hope I've given you some good inspiration for next time you're faced with a large bowl of leftovers. I'm sure there are tons more of ideas out there that I haven't written down for you. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

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