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How to Use BBQ Leftovers


There's nothing better than firing up the grill or smoker and cooking up some delicious barbecue on a warm summer day. But what happens when you have leftovers? Don't let those perfectly cooked cuts of meat go to waste! With a little creativity, there are countless different ways to use leftover BBQ meats to create new and exciting meals.


1. Pulled Pork Nachos - Nachos are an easy and delicious way to repurpose leftover BBQ meats. Simply top tortilla chips with shredded cheese, leftover BBQ meats, sliced jalapenos, diced onions, and any other toppings you like. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with salsa and sour cream for a crowd-pleasing snack or meal.


2. Brisket Tacos - Tacos are another versatile option for using up leftover BBQ meats. Warm up corn or flour tortillas and fill with leftover BBQ meats, diced onions, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Top with your favorite hot sauce or salsa for a quick and easy meal that's packed with flavor.


3. Rib Meat Grilled Cheese - Take your grilled cheese game to the next level by adding leftover ribs meat to the mix. Simply place sliced bread, leftover shredded rib meat, and shredded cheese in a skillet or panini press. Grill until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy for a satisfying and indulgent sandwich.


4. BBQ Chicken Pizza - Pizza is a fun and creative way to use up leftover BBQ meats. Spread BBQ sauce on a pre-made pizza crust and top with shredded cheese, leftover BBQ chicken, sliced red onions, and sliced jalapenos. Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is crispy.


5. BBQ Quesadillas - Quesadillas are another easy and delicious way to use up leftover BBQ meats. Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat and place a flour tortilla in the pan. Top with shredded cheese, leftover BBQ meats, sliced jalapenos, and diced onions. Fold the tortilla in half and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy. Repeat for additional quesadillas.


6. Brisket Chili - Adding leftover BBQ meats to your favorite chili recipe can add extra depth of flavor and texture. Simply toss in diced leftover brisket and let them simmer with the other ingredients for a delicious and hearty meal. Serve with cornbread or crackers for a comforting and filling bowl of chili.


7. BBQ Shepherd's Pie - Shepherd's pie is a classic comfort food dish that can be made even better with the addition of leftover BBQ meats. Layer diced leftover BBQ meats in the bottom of a baking dish and top with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


8. Stuffed Baked Potatoes - Baked potatoes are a simple and filling way to use up leftover BBQ meats. Simply bake potatoes in the oven until tender and fluffy. Top with leftover BBQ meats, shredded cheese, sour cream, and BBQ sauce for a satisfying and indulgent meal.


9. BBQ Mac and Cheese - Adding leftover BBQ meats to mac and cheese is an easy way to upgrade this classic comfort food. Cook macaroni according to package instructions and mix with your favorite homemade or store-bought mac and cheese sauce. Add leftover BBQ meats to the mix and top with breadcrumbs and shredded cheese. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


10. BBQ Breakfast Hash - Turn leftover BBQ meats into a hearty breakfast or brunch option by making a breakfast hash. Dice leftover BBQ meats and sauté with diced potatoes, onions, and bell peppers until crispy and golden brown. Top with a fried egg for a satisfying and flavorful way to start your day.


These are just a few of the countless different ways to use leftover BBQ meats. The next time you find yourself with some extra brisket, pulled pork, or shredded chicken, get creative and see what new dishes you can come up with!

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