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Best Ways to Reheat Pulled Pork and Keep It Juicy

Pulled pork is a delicious barbecue dish that’s great for large gatherings. But you may have leftovers after the party’s over. Luckily, there are several easy ways to reheat pulled pork so it tastes just as amazing the next day. In this article, we’ll provide instructions for reheating pulled pork using the oven, microwave, crockpot, and air fryer.

Reheating Pulled Pork in the Oven

The oven is a simple way to reheat large batches of pulled pork. Follow these steps:


  • Leftover pulled pork
  • Barbecue sauce or broth (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Place the pulled pork in an oven-safe dish. You can leave it as-is or add a bit of barbecue sauce or broth to moisten it.
  3. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through.
  5. Remove foil and continue baking for 10 more minutes to crispen the outside.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • Add a splash of apple cider vinegar or water if the pork seems dry.
  • Bake in a cast iron skillet to get a nice crispy edge.

Reheating Pulled Pork in the Microwave

The microwave provides a quick way to reheat individual portions of pulled pork.


  • Leftover pulled pork
  • Barbecue sauce, broth, or water (optional)


  1. Place the pulled pork in a microwave-safe dish. Add a splash of liquid if needed.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 60-90 seconds until heated through.
  3. Stir and continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until hot.
  4. Be careful not to overcook or the pork may become rubbery.


  • Cover the dish with a paper towel to prevent splattering.
  • Stir halfway through cooking for even heating.
  • Add barbecue sauce after reheating so it doesn’t splatter.

Reheating Pulled Pork in a Crockpot

The crockpot is ideal for reheating large batches of pulled pork without drying it out.


  • Leftover pulled pork
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, broth, or water


  1. Place the pulled pork in the crockpot.
  2. Add barbecue sauce, broth, or water. The liquid prevents drying out.
  3. Cook on LOW for 2-3 hours, until heated through.
  4. Stir occasionally to distribute the sauce.
  5. Once hot, switch to WARM setting to keep ready for serving.


  • Add extra barbecue sauce or moisture if needed.
  • Gently break up large clumps of pork while reheating.
  • Keep on WARM for up to 4 hours after reheating.

Reheating Pulled Pork in an Air Fryer

The air fryer will revive leftover pulled pork with crispy edges.


  • Leftover pulled pork


  1. Place the pulled pork in the air fryer basket in an even layer.
  2. Air fry at 360°F for 5-7 minutes until hot.
  3. Stir halfway through cooking.
  4. Add barbecue sauce and cook 2-3 minutes more if desired.


  • Spritz with vinegar while cooking for added moisture.
  • Air fry in small batches for crispier texture.
  • Top with extra barbecue sauce after air frying.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you reheat pulled pork in a slow cooker?

A: Yes, the slow cooker is a great way to reheat pulled pork gently without drying it out. Place the pork in the slow cooker with barbecue sauce or broth, cook on LOW for 2-3 hours until heated through.

Q: How do you reheat pulled pork to keep it moist?

A: The key is to add liquid like broth, barbecue sauce or water when reheating. The crockpot or slow cooker are ideal methods as they reheat pulled pork gradually while keeping it tender.

Q: How long does reheated pulled pork last in the fridge?

A: Properly stored, reheated pulled pork will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Be sure to reheat it fully when ready to eat again.

Q: Can you reheat pulled pork from frozen?

A: Yes, frozen pulled pork can be reheated directly from the freezer. Microwave individual portions or reheat larger amounts in the oven or crockpot, adding extra time. Expect reheating to take 50% longer from frozen.

Q: What’s the best way to reheat a lot of pulled pork?

A: For large batches, the oven and crockpot are the best reheating methods. Both will evenly heat pulled pork without drying it out. Cover with foil or a lid to retain moisture.


Here are some recipe ideas for using leftover pulled pork:

Pulled Pork Nachos

  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Leftover pulled pork
  • Pico de gallo, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream for topping

Arrange tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Top with cheese, pulled pork, and desired toppings. Broil until the cheese is melted.

Pulled Pork Breakfast Burrito

  • Flour tortilla
  • Eggs, scrambled
  • Leftover pulled pork
  • Shredded cheese
  • Avocado, diced
  • Salsa

Warm the flour tortilla. Add the scrambled eggs, pulled pork, cheese, avocado, and salsa. Roll up burrito-style to serve.

Pulled Pork Pizza

  • Pizza dough
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Leftover pulled pork
  • Red onion, sliced
  • Mozzarella cheese

Roll out the pizza dough and spread with barbecue sauce. Top with the pulled pork, onions, and mozzarella. Bake until the crust is crispy.

Pulled Pork Salad

  • Mixed greens
  • Leftover pulled pork
  • Bell peppers, sliced
  • Shredded carrot
  • Ranch dressing

Toss together the greens, pulled pork, peppers, and carrot. Drizzle with ranch dressing.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Ciabatta rolls
  • Leftover pulled pork
  • Coleslaw
  • Barbecue sauce

Split and toast the ciabatta rolls. Pile the pulled pork on the bottom halves. Top with coleslaw and barbecue sauce.

Here are some specific product recommendations for reheating pulled pork in different appliances:


  • Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor – 1100W, 1.2 cu. ft. capacity, sensor reheating feature
  • Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN686S – 1250W, 2.2 cu. ft. capacity, inverter turbo defrost
  • GE JES1656SRSS Microwave Oven – 1000W, 1.6 cu. ft. capacity, auto and time defrost


  • Oster Large Digital Countertop Oven – 6-slice capacity, convection baking setting
  • Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro – 1800W, 1 cubic ft. capacity, element IQ system
  • Cuisinart TOB-260N1 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven – 1850W, 0.95 cubic ft. capacity, 15 cooking functions


  • Crock-Pot 7 Quart Manual Slow Cooker – oval shape fits large cuts of meat
  • Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt Pressure Cooker – slow cook function, keeps food warm automatically
  • Elite Gourmet MST-600W Slow Cooker – 6 qt, 3 temperature settings, dishwasher safe

Air Fryer:

  • Cosori Air Fryer Max XL – 5.8 qt basket, 11 one-touch presets
  • Ninja AF101 Air Fryer – 4 qt ceramic coated basket, digital touchscreen
  • GoWISE USA 7-Qt Electric Air Fryer – 7 qt capacity, digital touch screen with 8 presets

Slow Cooker:

  • Crock-Pot 6 Quart Programmable Cook & Carry – locking travel lid, digital timer
  • Hamilton Beach 7 Quart Slow Cooker – clip-tight gasket lid, keeps food warm setting
  • Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central 6-Quart – multi-functional (slow cooker, stove, oven), digital display

With these simple techniques, leftovers from your next pulled pork feast don’t have to go to waste. Whether stored in the fridge or freezer, pulled pork reheats beautifully for several days. Just remember to add barbecue sauce or broth and use gentle heat. Soon you’ll be enjoying tender, juicy pulled pork that tastes like it just came off the smoker.

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