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Jul 6, 2008 06:47 PM

Too much pulled pork - HELP!!!


I overcooked for a neighborhood barbecue. Did four 7-pound Boston butt roasts and we didn't even go through one.

Two of the four have been pulled/chopped and the other two are whole and in the fridge waiting for inspiration.

Got any good recipes? Otherwise I'm going to start vacuum sealing one-pound packages.

Thanks in advance,

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  1. I wish I had this problem right about now!
    Depending on the flavor of your sauce, and provided that the meat is soft, pulled pork can make a nice filling for dumplings (again, depending on flavor you could add some fresh scallion and/or ginger).
    Or you could "doctor" the flavor more toward Mexican and make tacos, adding some hot peppers and/or cabbage salad to the taco (I would stay away from cheese, avocado or tomato, considering what you are starting with).
    Sliced pork in a wrap with cole slaw also sounds good to me.
    Finally, how about chopped pork over egg noodles?
    It's a little bit harder to make suggestions without knowing how tender/saucy the pulled pork is, and how you've seasoned it.

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    1. re: vvvindaloo

      Thanks, V-Cubed,

      This was a straightforward rubbed roast recipe that I hickory-smoked for about 24 hours. It all fell off the bone beautifully (if I do say so myself...shameless self-congratulations...apologies where needed)

      I have NOT sauced the meat, though I do have, on hand, a homemade BBQ sauce and had whipped up a vinegar/brown sugar/ hot sauce recipe that went over poorly....I think it's brilliant and it was the basis for the cole slaw I provided.

      Thanks go out to Steve Raichlen for the inspiration.

      1. re: Monch

        Sounds delicious, Monch. Good luck with it!

        1. re: Monch

          Since you haven't sauced the meat, I immediately thought of stuffed bell peppers; chop the meat a little, add some rice, celery, onions and bake.

          Also, stuffed cabbage. Perhaps you could use your vinegar/bs/hot sauce to cover the cabbage before baking instead of a straight tomato sauce --- your sauce sounds good to me! (Oh goodness, what a wonderful problem to have:~)

      2. Not sure this will help get rid of that much, but I LOVE eggrolls with BBQ filling. Pulled BBQ pork, maybe a little cheese, wrapped and fried in a wrapper - so good! Dipped in a little spicy ranch I'm hungry just thinking about it.
        My other thoughts -quesadillas, top a bbq-ranch salad, some carnita tacos, make an asian bourbon sauce and serve with some rice or noodles, slice into a lo mein, or toss into a stir fry. Unless you have like 30 people in your immediate family I would keep those freezer bags handy, but I think you can definitely get some meals out of it now.

        1. I don't know if you added a rub or other seasoning to it, but I had this problem a couple of yrs ago. I remember making pork enchiladas w/ my leftovers. Just fill corn tortillas w/ pork and sauteed onions & some salsa verde. Place seam side down in a baking dish and top w/ more sasa verde & cheese(Monterey Jack, Queso Fresco, etc). Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 mins. or until heated through & cheese is melted.

          You could also make a bolognese sauce w/ the pork. Add some cannellini beans for a little added something.

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          1. re: lynnlato


            I have the eggroll shot in my bag.

            The Mexican is something I would not have considered.

            And the bolegnese is a FANTASTIC idea! Thanks.

            There will definitely be many vacuum bags in the freezer, but these ideas inspire me.

            Thank you CHers! I KNEW I could count on you!

            (Oh, and keep the ideas coming.....this is a LOT of pork)

          2. Make tostadas or tacos.... I love mango salsa with mine:

            fresh mango
            tomatoes (green, red, or tomatillos)
            red onion
            lime juice
            jalapeƱo pepper

            1. i read the words over and over again, but i can't make them mean anything

              "too much pulled pork" - nope still don't get it

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              1. re: thew

                Actually DID "laugh out loud".

                Thew wins for post hilarity!

                1. re: thew

                  thew, right on, right on!

                  i love the bourbon sauced idea over noodles. egg rolls stuffed with bbq. pulled pork on a whopping green salad with really fresh cukes, jalapenos and green onions, with a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing on the side. taquitos. carnitas. (gosh, i love carnitas, esp. crrrispy!).

                  try thai spicing, like on the steak salad:

                  from europe, add some german, austrian or hungarian ideas (i'm thinking sour cream, onions, with egg noodles or spaetzle),1628,...
                  if you sliced some, you could do rollups with a stuffing and a pickle, like rouladen.

                  back to asia: one of my favorites: pork badun

                  white chili with chunks of smoked pork butt? nearly heaven.

                  i am utterly envious of your situation, btw. sure you don't need to send any via cold pack to arlington, va?