Tired of traditional BBQ sauce with pulled pork? Try this sweet and savory Asian dipping sauce to jazz up your next batch of leftover smoked pulled pork! These Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps are a fantastic (and light) alternative to tacos or sliders, with killer flavor!
We’re total suckers for Taco Tuesday. It’s so easy to toss whatever you have laying around and layer it into a soft tortilla and chew away.
But, we’ve been trying to use up some leftover pulled pork lately. And I’m not gonna lie, I do get a little tired of the traditional bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, combo. I’m often craving something a little more savory.
We love the combination of eastern flavors and spices (soy, ginger and spices like Chinese five spice).
Speaking of… if you are looking for some of those flavors, you can check out our recipe for Smoked Pork Ribs with Asian Spice Rub.
Smoked Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps with Asian Dipping Sauce
Take any pulled pork you may have lying around. I’m totally cool with wherever it comes from (leftover smoked pulled pork, crockpot pulled pork, heck even if you buy the Trader Joe’s store-bought pulled pork, whatever works for youl!).
- Just start warming up the pulled pork in a skillet.
- And while that’s warming up make your sauce.
- In a separate small saucepan, combine soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, green onion, rosemary, garlic, ginger, honey and let it reduce. It helps to add a bit of a slurry to get it to thicken up too. Once it gets to the consistency you want (should be thick, like maple syrup, but not as thick as honey) take it off the burner and toss a few tablespoons into the pulled pork and save the rest to serve over your lettuce wraps after you’ve loaded them up with all sorts of happiness.
Toppings for Lettuce Wraps
Speaking of “happiness” I’m obviously referring to all of the crunchy veggies and herbs you may choose to add (like carrots, cabbage, green onions… the options are endless!). So while the sauce is reducing cut up your desired veggies to add to your lettuce wraps, turn on some happy tunes, and pop open a bottle of wine and get ready for fantastic and healthy meal. Our favorite toppings include:
- carrots, julienned
- purple cabbage, shredded julienned
- green onions, chopped
- sesame seeds
Wine Pairing for Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps
I love the mix of savory flavors you get from the sauce (especially from the soy and balsamic), mixed with the mildly smoky meat, freshened up by the crunch raw veggies and fresh herbs. This is a great one to experiment with both red and white wines. We tried it with some local Pinot Noir and it was actually quite awesome. The fruity Pinot along with its savory flavors were a pretty decent match for the dish.
But my favorite pairing so far has been Riesling. We’ve been playing around a lot with Riesling and smoked meat and I’ve gotta tell you, Riesling can stand up to some smoke, folks. And with the complexity of flavors we’ve got here, the acidity in the wine, brightness, and fruity flavors, this was a winner!
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*For our recipe and technique that we used for these lettuce wraps, check out this post on how to smoke a pork butt. That post also includes some of my favorite uses for leftover pulled pork.
Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps with Asian Dipping Sauce
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I made these last night with a couple of amendments.
Instead of just using the shredded cabbage and carrots, I make a slaw of green and red cabbage, carrots, mint, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, salt and pepper.
I used coconut aminos instead of soy because I avoid that stuff like the plague.
But they came out great (we always have pulled pork around since we smoke a butt once a month).
I used the lettuce only, and my bf just placed the lettuce cup inside a small flour tortilla.
Really enjoyed them.
This is an awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing.
We love eating smoked pork shoulder, but after sandwiches the first day, nachos the second, and pizza the third, we were looking for something fresh. With the fresh lettuce and spinach, cilantro and radishes and green onions all coming straight from our spring garden, this recipe was perfect! And so, so delicious. Thank you,
Sean Martin says
Awesome and so glad you liked it!!
I was wondering if anyone has tried these cold? Thinking of maybe wrapping in a tortilla for my daughter’s lunch. Any thoughts on that? Thanks
Absolutely. They’re great cold. And that’s a great school lunch idea btw! I’m totally stealing that for my kids. These days I’m rotating between PB&J and turkey hummus wraps. I need to change up our lunch game!
I made Asian pulled pork tacos in the crock pot. Ginger, sesame oil, chili sauce, etc. all go into the crock and then I add coleslaw made with spicy pepper jelly and put them in a corn tortilla. SO GOOD. I think I might try your variation next time. YUM.
Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife says
We love Taco Tuesdays at our house as well! I would never have thought to try a Pinot Noir with this dish but can see how it would be delicious. I’m not normally a fan of Riesling, but can definitely see that being a wine of choice for these. What a great way to use up pulled pork — we always have so much leftover whenever we make it, and this looks so tasty!
Thanks 🙂 And we love Pinot and pork in general, but I originally though the sauce might be a bit overpowering. But with the right Pinot (especially something from a warmer vintage like Oregon’s ’14s) it can really stand up to the flavors.
Lisa @ This Beautiful Day says
Delish! I’m so tired of pulled pork sandwiches – so I love the take you took of making lettuce wraps and giving it a fresh twist 🙂
Right?! I have to admit, but I get tired of them too. Mostly the monotony of it. And the excessive bread. This is definitely a freshened up way to eat delicious pulled pork!
Yummmmmm this sounds so good!! We love lettuce wraps and non-traditional tacos! When I started eating meat again pulled pork and beef roasts became a big favorite. So satisfying! I love the different flavor twist!