Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork

Posted by 5 years ago 9 Comments

A few days ago I made The 6-Ingredient, Family-Approved, Pork Loin Dinner purposefully with 2 pork loins so I would have leftovers. Having extra cooked protein makes a second meal that much easier. You can just serve it as is with different sides or transform it into sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, even to top a salad. The options really are endless!

I decided to take my extra 3/4 of a loin and make pulled pork and, again, almost the whole family was on board, especially The Husband!

THANKFULLY he’s a pulled-pork fan because his disdain for chili drives me crazy. I, of course, try to “healthify” mine but he doesn’t seem to mind, at least not anymore. I’ve successfully worn him down.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork Anyway, I thought it would be fun to show you how I turned my leftovers into something entirely new using what I had on hand in my pantry and fridge.

  • About 2/3 of a cooked pork loin ~325g
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce (like Hunts)
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Small sweet bell pepper, diced (I used an orange one)
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped

Cut the loin into large chunks.

Mix the tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar in a medium pot over medium heat.

Add the pork.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 1

Cover and let it cook for about 30 minutes. By this time the pork should be soft enough to pull. Using two forks, shred the meat.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 2

Don’t worry if some pieces won’t separate easily. The longer it cooks the easier it will give. Just shred as much as possible.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 3

Lower the head to medium-low and continue to let the meat simmer.

Meanwhile, dice the pepper and add it to the meat.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 4

Chop the spinach.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 5

The smaller you chop it the more it will melt into the dish. My family is so used to seeing green stuff I didn’t bother going as small as I could.

Add the spinach and continue to simmer until you’re ready to eat, at least 10 more minutes. Separate any larger chunks of pork as well.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 6

I read “Naughty Little Monkeys” to my little sous chef on the kitchen floor while the pork simmered. :)

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 7

When we were ready to eat, I piled 1/2 cup on a whole wheat potato roll and served it with a side of roasted broccoli.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 8

The 7-year-old was not ecstatic but ate it.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 9

I love how he’s either a ham or wants nothing to do with the camera.

I attempted to get the 2-year-old to eat it deconstructed but he really only focused on the bun and broccoli.

Using Leftovers: Easy Pulled Pork  - Step 10

Today, The Husband and I finished the leftovers of the leftovers for part of our lunch. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
5 1/2 cup NOT including the bun
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
225 10g 2g old: 5 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
11g 3g 14g 18g

See other recipes using: BBQ sauce, pork, pork loin, spinach

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    March 26, 2013

    I love the idea of putting spinach in this. By the way, your "Little Guy" is looking not so little. Have I really been following GLB that long? Time flies too fast.


    April 12, 2013

    Tell me more about roasting broccoli - I love roasted veggies, but never roasted broccoli....The pork dinner and the sanwiches both look divine!


    April 15, 2013

    Bad photos but I have an old post about it.. I just roast them plain with some kosher salt. LOVE IT!


    October 29, 2013

    Thanks for the idea! I had some already cooked leftover pork loin and was trying to figure out how to make pulled pork sandwiches with it. I did a variation of this using up some veggies on hand that weren't going to last much longer - a tiny eggplant, 1 small yellow squash, 1 small zucchini and half a green pepper. It never would have occurred to me to chop them up and add them to pork BBQ before, but the meal was delicious and huge hit with my family.


    July 22, 2014

    Giving this a go for dinner tonight! I'm in the UK so had to do some conversions and substitute the tin of tomato sauce with pasatta... But it's smelling good! :-) x


    January 28, 2015

    I put all the ingredients in the slow cooker...can"t wait to try it. Thanks for posting.


    August 11, 2015

    Thanks so much for this!, I was at a loss and almost threw away the last of our tenderloin. Did your recipe and everyone loved it. We added some cumin and paprika, salt and pineapple juice (as it was a little dry I think I cooked it for too long).

    Kinga Szabo

    September 23, 2015

    Thank You for this recipe. I am trying to use up leftover which can be tricky with 2 fussy girls (2 and 4 years olds). I would like to give this recipe a go Tonight, using up leftover pulled pork and maybe serve it with couscous or orzo pasta with cheese on top. Unfortunately my heroic attempts to create a nice, healthy meal out of leftovers resulting in tantrums and ugly faces for my lovelies, but I am resilient and in the long therm - with my older one it seems to work. Nothing will change my two years old mind if she decides not to taste it, but never mind.......Patience.

      Kinga Szabo

      September 23, 2015

      I made , finally served it with orzo pasta and the kids eat it very well! I think it's very tasty. I started with a little shallot and a piece of garlic. Added the meat (pulled pork) and the sauce (passata, BBQ sauce, Worchestershire sauce), spiced with smoked paprika and ground cumin, salt and pepper and let is strimmer for 5-10 minutes with a splash of water. Served with Parmesan cheese on top. Thank you!