Smoked Pulled Pork Spring Rolls

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Fresh Spring Rolls are an awesome way to use up any leftover Pulled Pork. Packed with veggies and protein, these Smoked Pulled Pork Spring Rolls make a great after school snack or family dinner. 

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Pulled Pork Spring Rolls are a veggie and protein packed snack or meal
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Spring rolls are a delicious Vietnamese dish traditionally made with pork, shrimp, and vegetables wrapped in rice paper. We have found that this dish is a great way to use up leftover BBQ meat and get our kids to eat crunchy vegetables. Our recipe is a twist on the traditional spring rolls. We made it with BBQ ingredients and cater more to the smoky and savory meat. For a traditional Vietnamese (Gỏi Cuốn Tôm Thịt) recipe, check out Vicky Pham

Using Leftover Smoked Pulled Pork

The great thing about fresh spring rolls (or summer rolls as they are often called), is that you can customize it to your tastes. Add whatever you want in there, and wrap it in rice paper. Just be careful not to overload them because the delicate rice paper rips easily. You can also fry them like in many restaurants, or serve them fresh and soft, like we’re doing here. 

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover Pulled Pork. Simply add a little apple cider vinegar or barbecue sauce to the meat while reheating if it needs additional moisture.

holding a spring roll with chopsticks
Spring rolls are a great way to use leftover pulled pork

How to Prepare Pulled Pork Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are all about process. It works best to prepare and slice all of your vegetables and meat in advance. Then, lay out the prepared ingredients on a cutting board so that it’s all there and organized when it’s time to do your stuffing and rolling. (This is what the French call “mise en place” look at me, throwing out fancy French words). 

Smoked Pulled Pork Spring Roll ingredients

Working with Rice Paper

You need to be gentle with rice paper. At first, it is solid, yet fragile–almost like a delicate cracker–so you must soften them before stuffing them with the filling.  

  • Get a large plate or shallow pan of warm water, then gently place the rice paper in to get it wet. Rotate it around in the water until the paper has softened (about 5-10 seconds total). You can also use a large bowl like we do here. 
Working with spring roll rice paper
  • Take the rice paper out of the water and lay it out flat.
  • Then, start layering your ingredients, making sure to not fill them too full or the paper may tear. 
  • Finally, roll them up and fold them in on the sides, like a baby burrito. You can check out Hungry Huy for more detailed rolling instructions.  

*Tip: if you find that your paper does indeed start to tear (frustrating, right?!), just double layer with two pieces of rice paper instead of one.

Making Smoked Pork Spring Rolls

Boom. You’re done. Repeat the softening, filling, rolling process for the remaining spring rolls.  

What to serve with Spring Rolls 

Because they include meat, vegetables, and grains (rice) these spring rolls are a complete meal on their own. However, you can also serve them as an appetizer or snack. Traditional Gỏi Cuốn Tôm Thịt are served with hoisin peanut sauce, but you can dip yours in soy sauce, fish sauce, or barbecue sauce! 

using chopsticks to dip spring roll in soy sauce
Serve your rolls with hoisin, soy, peanut, or fish sauce.

Wine Pairing with Pulled Pork Spring Rolls 

My favorite pairing is a crisp rosé from Spain (or rosado as they call it there). 

rose wine in front of a board full of spring rolls
Pair these spring rolls with a crisp rosé wine.

*This recipe was originally published in April, 2016, and updated in January 2022 with new photos and more detailed instructions. The recipe remains the same.

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Smoked Pulled Pork Spring Rolls

Smoked pulled pork spring rolls are a fresh and delicious use for any extra pulled pork you may have around the house, and a fun take on a traditional vegetable or shrimp spring roll.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 spring rolls
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Ingredients 

  • 12 round rice paper wrappers,, 22 cm or 25 cm size work great
  • 1 small head of lettuce,, I like bibb or butter lettuce
  • 1 8 oz package dried rice (or “vermicelli”) noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups smoked pulled pork
  • 12 slices of pickled carrots,, or other pickled vegetable
  • 1 small red bell pepper,, julienned
  • ½ small English cucumber,, julienned
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • Fresh herbs: mint, cilantro, , (about one cup of herbs combined)

Instructions 

  • Fill a wide bowl with warm water. Place one piece of rice paper in the water at a time for 5-10 seconds to soften the paper.
  • Place the moistened paper flat on a plastic cutting board. Place a piece of lettuce on the bottom half of the rice paper closest to you. Layer with a few strands of the cooked rice noodles, pulled pork, carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, and top with a combination of herbs (about 4-5 herb leaves).
  • Carefully start rolling the paper about halfway. Then fold in the sides, and continue rolling.
  • Repeat with remaining wrappers.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 489mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 21214IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Additional Info

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian inspired, BBQ, Barbecue
Servings: 12 spring rolls
Calories: 188
Keyword: pulled pork leftovers, pulled pork spring rolls, spring rolls
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6 Comments

    1. Debbie, great question. These are actually served cold versus an eggroll or wonton. The only thing cooked is the noodles and the warmed rice paper. We do have a wonton recipe as well should you want something cooked – https://www.vindulge.com/smoked-pulled-pork-wontons/

  1. 5 stars
    I love healthy vietnamese spring rolls like these. Definitely need to get my hands on the ingredients so I can make these!

    1. They are tasty indeed. And once you have the basic ingredients on hand you can make them whenever you want, with whatever veggies and proteins you have on hand! So good 🙂 Cheers!