The Best Way To Reheat Pulled Pork (Top Two Methods)

Pulled pork is the kind of dish that is often made in large batches to serve large groups of people. But what do you do when people don’t eat enough, they won’t take leftovers home, and you have a bunch of leftovers that you have to refrigerate?

What is the best way to reheat pulled pork so that it still tastes good?

I’ve had this dilemma before. After being stuck eating goopy, pulled pork leftovers for two whole weeks, I told myself that I would never do it again. After all, there are better ways to reheat pulled pork that does not leave you with dry pulled pork!

I’ve put together the best how-to and tips for reheating pulled pork. Don’t worry - it’s simple, and with ideas from the experts, you’ll find that extra pulled pork becomes a blessing, rather than a curse. Let’s get to it!


What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

Method #1: Foil Pan Method

Leftover Pulled Pork

The main thing that you will need is leftover pulled pork! After all, you wouldn’t be looking for this tutorial otherwise, right?

After you’re done making or serving your pulled pork, make sure that you put it into a Ziploc or other sealed container before refrigerating it. If you plan to freeze it, you should double bag the meat to make sure that it does not get freezer burn. You must store your pulled pork well to ensure it will reheat well.

If you want to be as thorough as possible while storing your pulled pork, try this advanced technique:

Foil Pans With Lids


The next thing that you will need to reheat pulled pork effectively in an oven are foil pans large enough to hold your pulled pork.

Foil pans are a great way to reheat things in the oven. They are cheap and easy-to-use when you want to reheat something that is messy, like pulled pork.

Make sure that the foil pans that you buy have foil lids as well. This is important to help lock in the moisture while you are reheating the pulled pork.


The next thing that you will need is an oven!

You need an oven that can reach temperatures between 300 and 400 degrees. While you can reheat pulled pork at lower temperatures, it will take a long time, so it is best if your oven can hold 325 degrees for a minimum of one hour.

Ovens are the easiest way to reheat pulled pork, but they are not always a practical option which is why I’ve offered other reheating methods for those that do not have an oven.

Broth Or Extra Cooking Liquid

The main issue that many people have when reheating pulled pork is how dry the meat can get.

A great way to avoid this is by setting aside your cooking liquid after preparing the pork shoulder. Keep this liquid in the refrigerator, and you can reuse it when reheating pulled pork.

If you didn’t have any extra cooking liquid, you could use a beef broth or chicken broth to rehydrate the pulled pork as needed.

Method #2: Crock Pot Method

Leftover Pulled Pork

Same as in Method #1.

Broth Or Extra Basting Liquid

Same as in Method #1.

Crock Pot Or Slow Cooker


The next thing you need to reheat your pulled pork without an oven is a slow cooker or crock pot.

These are both electrical appliances that are made to be set at a low temperature for a long period of time.

Cooking food this way helps flavors develop gradually and keeps food moist, making crock pots a great option for reheating pulled pork.

All you need to be sure of is that your crock pot works, has a lid, and can maintain a temperature of around 220 degrees.

Step By Step Instructions

Method #1: Foil Pan Method

Step 1: Preheat The Oven

The first thing you need to do is preheat the oven to 325 degrees. This is the ideal temperature to reheat pulled pork quickly, but not too quickly. If you’re in a rush, you can raise this temperature up to 350 degrees, but I don’t recommend raising it any higher.

If you raise the temperature too much, the pulled pork will dry out too much and will not taste as good when heated.

Step 2: Fill Up The Pans: Pork & Liquid

Put the pulled pork into the foil pans. Add about ½ cup of cooking liquid or broth into the pulled pork and mix it up. You should be able to see the liquid, but it should not be too soupy.

Mix this together well so that the added liquid will be incorporated into the pulled pork and keep it from drying out. Cover the pan tightly with foil or a foil lid.

Step 3: Cook & Monitor

Now, put the covered pan into the oven for 30 minutes, give or take.

Remember to check the pan after 15 minutes and make sure that the pan still has liquid in it. If the pulled pork seems to be getting dry, add a little bit more cooking liquid to keep it from drying out. You should do this regularly to ensure that the pulled pork does not get too dry.

Heat until warm. You can lower the temperature to 220 degrees to keep the pan warm for a long period of time, just remember to check the moisture level often.

Method #2: Crock Pot Method

Step 1: Put Pulled Pork & Liquid Into Crock Pot

Put leftover pulled pork and ¼ cup to 1/2 cup of cooking liquid into the crock pot. Mix together.

The exact amount of liquid that you add to the mixture will depend on how much pulled pork you make and how thick it has become in the refrigerator. You want the pulled pork to look moist with a good bit of extra moisture.

Step 2: Reheat Over Low Or Medium Heat For One Hour Or More

Turn on your crock pot or slow cooker. Depending on the temperature settings that your appliance has, turn it to low or medium heat.

You can let the crock pot heat up the pulled pork indefinitely, as long as you keep an eye on it. Watch the mixture to make sure it has enough liquid. Add more cooking liquid as needed, and stir occasionally so that it does not burn.

Then, serve and enjoy!


Do you feel like you’re an expert in the best ways to reheat pulled pork? I hope so! I’ve tried all three of these techniques, and I can’t pick one as the best way. They all reheat pulled pork perfectly. Depending on the tools you have at home, choose the most appealing method!

Do you have any other tips about how to reheat pulled pork so that it is delicious? Let us know in the comments, and then share this article with your barbecue friends so they can benefit from these instructions, too!

Sophia Gardner

I'm Sophia, food blogger, dog lover, homemade cooking and travel passion. I really hope you enjoy my blog, i'll do my best to share great recipes, healthy living tips and just general 'food' thoughts!

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