Leftover Barbecue Pulled Pork Tacos

After everyone has had their fill from Boston butt pulled pork chops, there are likely to be leftovers. Throwing away the crunchy well smoked or barbecued meat is not an option. Also, tossing them in the refrigerator or freezer for a long can cause them to lose their original taste. The most effective way to deal with these leftovers is making something new out of them, in this case, tacos.

Pulled pork is a good blend for this. You can modify it using additional recipes into a simple or fancy meal.

The coleslaw, tortillas and hot sauce such as the habanero can be self-made by following some steps.

Green pepper is another ingredient to add a spark to your taste buds.

Reheated pork tastes more refined than when it was first barbecued. As suggested later on in this context, there are a few things you’ll be required to use on the meat to prevent the outer layer from hardening. Coleslaw made using the Southern-style is both delicious and creamy, a perfect match for pork. Adding sliced apples into the coleslaw creates an exotic flavor for the tacos made using pulled pork.

How to Reheat Pulled Pork

The first step is taking the leftovers from the freezer or the refrigerator. Place them on the counter to regain room temperature.

In the meantime, turn on your burner at a medium or slightly high temperature. Place the pan on the burner and add cooking oil. 2 to 3 tablespoons should be enough but you can put more or less depending on the amount of available pulled pork.

When the oil is well heated, add the meat into the pan. The number of tacos to be made will guide you on the amount of meat to reheat. Two cups of pork should be enough to serve four people. It’s alright to heat more than that in case someone wants to have a bite before the tacos are stuffed.

Heating under a temperature that is too high will harden the pork and dry it out. Moderate heat is, therefore, advisable.

Sprinkling some water into the pan after reheating the meat is another way to keep it soft. The bbq sauce also creates a perfect texture. This is done once the burner is turned off. The heat acquired from the reheating process is enough to coat the pulled pork with moisture and sauce.

Doing this when the burner is still on burns the sugars in the bbq sauce, giving your meat a different flavor.

For DIY homemade bbq sauce, follow this recipe. It’s an ideal way to get bbq created in the Memphis style.

How to Make Taco Fillings

Avocado and slaw are a universal favorite when it comes to making simple taco fillings. This, however, should not limit your creativity and need for more complex options. If you come across an ingredient that you think should be present in your pork taco, go on and give it a try.

Other fillings to choose from include, jalapeƱos, sour cream, pickled onions, and cilantro.

The prepared fillings should be proportional to the tortillas it’s going to be stuffed into. Making too much of it will lead to leftovers that may be of no use thereafter, leading to wastage.

Too little fillings will force you to have under-stuffed tacos, meaning that the bites will be more of tortillas than stuffings.

Chop the green peppers and the apple. Place them in a bowl and add mix them. If such mixtures don’t intrigue you, place each ingredient in a separate bowl. When it’s time to fill the tortillas, scoop each one of them in the required measurements and spread them over it.

The reheated pork and cream are added last.

Leftover Pork Tacos Recipe

Photo credit: inspiredtaste.net


  • Coleslaw (Southern style)
  • 2 Avocados (sliced)
  • Jalapeno
  • Hot sauce
  • Bbq sauce
  • 4 cups Pulled leftover pork
  • 16 to 24 Flour tortillas
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream

Time required: 30 to 60 minutes
Serves: 8
Dish type: Main Course

The above proportions can be added or reduced depending on the number of people on the table. When buying tortillas, multiply the number of people who will be eating by 2 or 3. One taco is never enough.

You can either make them or buy ready-made and packaged tortillas.


  1. Take the pork out of the freezer or refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oil in a pan as the leftovers defrost.
  3. Measure 4 cups of meat and add them to the hot oil.
  4. Heat under medium for 5 to 10 minutes before turning down the burner.
  5. Prepare your fillings as you wait for the reheated pork to get ready.
  6. Add sauce, 4 tablespoons of water, and/or apple cider vinegar into the resting heated pork to moisturize it and add flavors.
  7. Stir the mixture and put a lid on the pan to lock the flavors in.
  8. Spread your tacos out and start placing the fillings and meat on them.
  9. Serve when the pork is still hot.


Smoked or barbecued pork chops are likely to have leftovers after everyone eats to their satisfaction.

Eating the same thing continuously is boring but extra creativity with the remaining pulled pork leads to crowd-pleasing meals like tacos.

Try the above recipe out and don’t be afraid to experiment with as many filling ingredients as you like.

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