Pulled pork is a staple barbecue food. Sure, it makes for a great pulled pork sandwich, but it’s also one of the best slow cooker meals out there.
11 pulled pork recipes
Since pulled pork is so tasty and versatile, it’d be a shame to waste it on the same old barbecue sandwich recipe you’ve been using for generations.
Since the sky is essentially the limit, make it into a chili or a soup, add some spices for a Mexican-style meal, or throw it into your favorite comfort food. We’ve rounded up some fun recipes to spice (or sweeten) up your pulled pork.
1. Dr. Pepper pulled pork
You did read that right. The big ingredient in this recipe for slow cooked pulled pork is Dr. Pepper (and all 23 of its flavors). And don’t worry if you’re watching your sugar intake: Diet soda works just as well!
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2. Pulled pork mac and cheese
Let’s not knock anything until we try it. Mac and cheese is the comfort food to end all comfort foods, and pulled pork is right up there with it. This recipe for pulled pork mac and cheese seriously sounds almost too good to be true. It isn’t.
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3. Cornbread waffles with pulled pork
Is this breakfast? Is it dinner? Yes to both. This recipe goes above and beyond your typical pulled pork entree and proves that chicken and waffles is not the only savory/sweet waffle combo option.
You have complete creative control, too. You can make any style of waffles you like and top them with whatever kind of pulled pork you’re craving (think along the lines of our savory cheddar waffles recipe with our spicy slow cooker pulled pork, or try this recipe’s cornbread waffles with Cuban pulled pork for a delicious cultural mashup).
Put your thinking cap on and go wild.
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4. Peachy pulled pork pizza
We need to talk about how amazing grilled peaches are. The heat and char caramelize the seasonal fruit’s juicy flesh, resulting in summertime bliss. So, put us down for 14 slices of grilled pulled pork and peach pizza.
Get the peachy pulled pork pizza recipe.
5. Pulled pork nachos
Who doesn’t love nachos? They’re easy and fun to make, and even more fun to eat! The next time you have a party, try these spicy pulled pork nachos. They are guaranteed to be a crowd favorite.
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6. Pulled pork chili
You can never go wrong with chili. It’s hearty, comforting, and always delicious. So, why not add pulled pork to the mix? This slow cooker chili is spicy, cheesy, and super easy to make. Throw some sour cream on top for an extra depth of flavor.
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7. Pulled pork enchiladas
The flavors in these pulled pork enchiladas take a long time to blend together, so give yourself extra prep time. But, patience is truly a virtue because there’s no way you could go wrong stuffing an enchilada with this tender, juicy meat.
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8. Pulled pork poutine
Add an American favorite to this Canadian staple. This dish has all the meat, potatoes, and cheese your heart could desire. And as an added bonus, our pulled pork poutine recipe even includes a recipe for the gravy you drizzle on top. Now that’s comfort.
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9. Pulled pork gyros
The best part about this slow cooker gyro recipe is that it’s a twofer. There’s also a recipe here for your own homemade tzatziki sauce.
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10. Thai-style pulled pork over rice
There is so much flavor packed into this tiny pulled pork recipe. You could eat the pork by itself, but throw it over your favorite rice for a true Thai vibe.
11. Bourbon pulled pork apple slaw sandwich
Yes, we’re cheating and throwing in a sandwich — but only because of the delicious apples. Aside from the crunchy slaw (balanced by fennel), the pork in these easy-to-make sandwiches is soaked in an apple bourbon sauce. The recipe also suggests serving this on a pretzel bun.
If you want to make the sauce from scratch, try this apple bourbon BBQ sauce recipe, or check out one with apple butter.