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Making pulled pork is super easy, but the pork roast is big and makes a lot of meat. I love having leftover pulled pork to put in tons of dishes for quick easy dinner ideas.
Pork is my favorite meat. And I LOVE leftover cooking. It saves so much time. Easy dinner ideas are the best! Here’s where I used one pork roast to make 5 meals for my family. Click on the link for recipes for pulled pork tacos, pulled pork pot pie, pulled pork enchiladas casserole, pulled pork soup, and pulled pork sandwiches.
Any time I make pork roast, I get the cheapest pork roast I can find. You cook it low and slow. You can make it in a crockpot, instant pot, the oven, or on the stovetop. I usually do crockpot. I love my crockpot for making comfort food.
I usually end up buying a picnic, shoulder, or butt pork roast. At different times, different ones are less expensive per pound. I always check the price per pound before I purchase.
Leftover pork roast
Pork roast is generally the pork loin and it’s much more tender than the shoulder, butt, or picnic that you make pulled pork from. It’s usually fairly large also. Generally, you cook it faster and then slice it to serve. It’s so flavorful as well. It’s another favorite of mine. But the recipes would be different.
Leftover pulled pork
Pulled pork is made from the cheaper cuts. You can just get a big pork butt, dump it in the crockpot, and season it. Then turn it on and cook it all day. I love using this barbecue rub, Italian seasoning, or ranch seasoning to season mine. I will usually drop an onion or two chopped into large pieces into the crockpot as well.
Sometimes the pork roast is too big for the crockpot. You can either cut it into two pieces to arrange it in there or bake it in the oven if you have that problem. These roasts make what’s called pulled pork because the meat is so tender, you can pull it apart.
Usually, you shred the meat with two forks and serve it. You can dump a cup or two of barbecue sauce in the crockpot once the meat is shredded and put it on buns for pulled pork sandwiches. Or you can leave it plain. I like to leave mine plain the first night and then portion it out into serving sizes for my family in the coming days. Then I can season just one batch of it with barbeque sauce and have other flavors on other nights.
Leftover bbq pork recipes
I also like to make leftover bbq pork wraps. Just drop a hunk of it on a tortilla, sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, roll it up and toast the outside in a skillet. Make sure to put the seam side down for the first part of the cooking so it won’t roll open. If you like it spicy, you can add some jalapeno slices or whatever you enjoy.
This leftover pulled pork mac and cheese is so creamy and good, it’s going to blow your mind!
Leftover shredded pork recipes
If you don’t add bbq sauce to your pork, there is a lot more you can do with it. It goes great in Mexican dishes, Italian, Asian, and more. All you need to do is chop it up and dump it in to replace whatever meat is called for in the recipe you’re making. This broccoli sweet potato soup with leftover pork is going to be one of your favorites! Or if you love a bit of kick, check out this smokey pork soup with leftover pork roast!
And these leftover meat quesadillas can be whipped up in minutes and everyone loves them. Crispy tortilla on the outside, tender and flavorful meat on the inside. Super easy too. And don’t forget about rolling the tender juicy leftover pork into some amazing enchiladas!
Leftover pulled pork pasta
This hamburger helper post has a variety of ways to make pasta that pleases the family. Pulled pork would go great in any of these recipes listed. It’s a wonderful tasting meat that goes well with anything.
Leftover pork stroganoff
Another pork pasta dish that is delish is pork stroganoff. I love meals like this. So, I just took two cups of the pulled pork meat for this one. I cooked up a half a package of egg noodles. Then I sliced up an onion, cooked it in butter until it was soft. You can add mushrooms too, but I didn’t have any this time.
Then I added a cup of sour cream a little salt, two teaspoons of paprika and a sprinkle of parsley, and the juice of a lemon. I thought it was a little too thick so I added about a cup of beef stock. You can flavor it any way you want. It was delicious and took about 15 minutes to make with a little bit of my frozen pork meat.
Leftover pork carnitas
Another amazing meal that just takes seconds to prepare with leftover pork is carnitas. I just toasted some tortillas in a hot skillet. Then removed them and put a little pat of butter in the skillet. I seared the leftover pork in the pan and then topped the tortillas.
I sliced up a few raw onions to put on top and then drizzled on some of this chipotle ranch I made out of my homemade ranch seasoning I love to make. It took about 30 seconds to make and it was BAM delicious!
The thing about leftover pulled pork is you can create meals on the fly in just minutes. So, once you make it, (and it’s super easy to make), you have a ton of meals for later. It’s one of my favorite things to do. And everything is SO delicious that I make from it. It’s the best bargain for cooking, in time and money! Click here for how to cook one chicken and make three meals.