Smoking meat is one of our favorite ways to cook in large batches, so that we have lots of leftovers for the freezer. Then, on busy nights, we’re halfway to a quick, no-fuss dinner, or an appetizer like these delicious Leftover Pulled Pork Nachos. They are perfect for Happy Hour at home, or to serve for movie night, or while you watch the big game. You can even serve them as a family-pleasing easy dinner.
Last weekend, we went to visit my daughter for her birthday, and we wanted to take dinner. My husband smoked two large pork butts on the smoker all day. At Costco, they two pork butts cost a grand total of $29 and change.
From those two smoked pork butts we were able to make:
- pulled pork sandwiches for four people
- leave leftovers with my daughter and her husband to freeze
- deliver some to my son and his girlfriend
- make a pulled pork pizza for ourselves
- make these Leftover Pulled Pork Nachos
- and still have some left in the freezer for one more meal!
All of that for less than 30 bucks! I’m telling you guys, smoking meat in large batches like this both economical and a time-saver. If you don’t have a smoker, you could do something similar on your grill. We often buy a huge package of chicken breasts and grill them all up at once, giving us leftovers to freeze and use later for salads, burrito bowls, tacos, soups…. I mean, if you’re getting the grill or smoker set up, it’s not much harder to cook a larger quantity, and you’ll be so thankful later when you already have prepared meat in the freezer for a quick-prep meal.
Shop Smoking/Grilling Essentials How to Make Leftover Pulled Pork Nachos
Begin by preparing the toppings. For our nachos, I used two kinds of cheese, diced cherry tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and BBQ sauce.