Leftover Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos

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The ultimate recipe for Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos, using leftover pulled pork. 

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Three Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos made from leftover pulled pork.
Tacos are an excellent use for leftover pulled pork
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Whether you’re having fun on the weekend and perfecting your smoked pork butt, or using it as an excuse to meal prep for the week, smoking an entire pork butt will most certainly yield lots of leftovers.

And that is a very good thing.

For people like us, who like to constantly experiment with different styles of cooking pork butt for our family or for catering gigs, we find ourselves with loads of leftovers, just screaming to be used in a myriad of ways.

Spritzing meat on a smoker

Now I know I don’t really need to instruct anyone on how to make tacos, because they are one of the easiest meals on the planet to make, but I do feel compelled to share here… because, well, smoked pulled pork tacos.

Pulled Pork on a Sheetpan

How to Make Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos

I like to reheat the leftover pulled pork in a medium sized skillet. Just toss as much meat as you’ll need. For four people I use about 2 cups of leftover pulled pork. If it has dried out at all from being in the fridge or freezer, then you may want to add some BBQ sauce or even just some apple cider vinegar to add a bit of moisture back to the meat.

I think this is probably a good time to tell you that leftover pulled pork freezes quite well. Just thaw it a bit, and reheat it.

Once it’s heated up, warm up your corn tortillas then add whatever you want to fancy up those pulled pork tacos.

Suggested Toppings:

  • purple cabbage or coleslaw (for crunch)
  • cilantro (for an herbal kick)
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • sour cream or crème fraîche
  • a thin drizzle of your favorite BBQ sauce
Three Pulled Pork Tacos on a serving dish

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This recipe for Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos was originally published in June of 2016, and updated in April of 2020 with new photos and directions.


Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos
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Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos

A simple, quick, and delicious use for leftover smoked pulled pork. Smoked pulled pork tacos.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Suggested toppings:

  • Red cabbage, very thinly sliced
  • Red onion, very thinly sliced
  • Diced tomatoes, (or halved cherry tomatoes)
  • Sliced avocado
  • BBQ sauce
  • Crème fraîche or sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Cheese: Shredded Mexican cheese blend or Cotija
  • Limes, sliced into wedges


  • Warm up your leftover pulled pork in a skillet. If it's dried out add some bbq sauce or apple cider vinegar to help re-hydrate (about 1 tablespoon at a time).
  • Heat up your tortillas.
  • Load the tortilla with some re-heated leftover pulled pork and other desired toppings. Squeeze some fresh lime over the top. Enjoy!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: barbecue, bbq, grilling, tacos
Servings: 4 servings
Keyword: leftover pulled pork, pulled pork tacos, what to make with leftover pulled pork
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. you might as well make a huge batch of pulled pork if you’re going to make any at all–there are so many ways to devour it!

  2. Wow! Looks so great. Can’t wait to get our outdoor kitchen going so we can get to smoking. Love the ideas!!!