How to Reheat Pulled Pork in the Best Possible Way?

Did you cook too much pulled pork for dinner? Don’t worry. Pulled pork is delicious, even as leftovers. You can even cook a big batch ahead of time and just reheat it, as the occasion demands.

But do you know how to reheat pulled pork in the best way possible? There are many ways to do it, depending on the available kitchen equipment you have. I have tried at least five methods, ranging from using a skillet, to reheating in an oven, to using steam and apple juice. But what is the best way to do it?

Let me share these methods of reheating pulled pork, and tell you which my favorite one is.

Method 1: Reheating in the Microwave

What You Need:

  • Small microwave-safe bowl
  • Mopping sauce (made from diluted barbecue sauce) or apple juice
  • Meat thermometer

Place your leftover pulled pork in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a few spoonful of mopping sauce or apple juice, to add moisture to your meat. Insert the meat thermometer in the middle of the bowl and make sure that enough meat covers it.

Place the bowl into the microwave and set the timer to 1 to 2 minutes. Check the internal temperature of the pulled pork using the meat thermometer. Once the temperature reaches 165°F, your pulled pork is ready to eat.

Reheating your pulled pork in a microwave is the quickest and easiest way to do it, but it’s something that I personally don’t recommend. Microwave heating is unhealthy, so do this only if you don’t have a lot of time and need a quick batch of reheated meat ASAP.

Method 2: Reheating in the Oven

What You Need:

  • Oven
  • ​Baking tray, aluminum pan, or oven-safe container
  • ​Mopping sauce
  • ​Tin foil
  • Meat thermometer

Preheat your oven to 250°F for at least five minutes while you prepare your pulled pork.

Place your pulled pork in a baking tray, disposable aluminum pan, or any other oven-safe container. Pour in enough mopping sauce to add moisture to the meat. Spread out the pulled pork across the container to make it easier to reheat.

Cover the container with tin foil and put it into the oven. Reheat for 30 minutes, or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Once done, remove the foil and stir the pork a bit so that the heat gets distributed evenly.

Oven-reheating is a healthier way of reheating pulled pork, compared to using a microwave. This method is also ideal if you need to serve food to ten or more people.

Method 3: Reheating Using a Crock Pot

What You Need:

  • Crock Pot
  • Mopping sauce
  • Meat thermometer

Reheating your pulled pork using a crock pot is perfect if you don’t want to check on your meat every five minutes. While it is a very simple method, it takes longer, so make sure you allot 2 to 4 hours to finish the whole process.

To start, put your meat in the crock pot and add your mopping sauce. Turn the crock pot on and set to warm. And that’s it! You can now leave your meat to warm up while you do other things.

To know if your meat is done, check its internal temperature after the 2-hour mark. If the temperature reaches 165°F, then your pulled pork is now ready for serving.

Method 4: Reheating Using Steam

What You Need:

  • Water or apple juice
  • Pot
  • ​Steaming basket
  • ​Mopping sauce (optional)
  • Meat thermometer

To reheat your meat using steam, pour in water or apple juice into a pot and bring it to a boil.

Place your meat in a steaming basket and set it over the boiling liquid. You can also add a little mopping juice for extra flavor. Reheat for 30 minutes or until the pulled pork reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Steam reheating is a little more complicated, and requires more equipment. Still, this is my second favorite method of reheating pulled pork, because it is healthier and it keeps my meat very moist.

Method 5: Reheating by Vacuum Sealing and Boiling or Using a Skillet

Roger Ng of Roger’s BBQ demonstrates two ways of reheating vacuum-sealed smoked pulled pork in this video:

Option 1: By Boiling

What You Need:

  • Water
  • Pot
  • ​Bowl or tray
  • Mopping sauce

To reheat your meat by boiling, add water into a pot and bring it to a boil.

Place your vacuum-sealed meat into the boiling water and let it simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Remove the pulled pork from the sealed pack and transfer to a bowl or tray. Add some mopping sauce and mix well.

Option 2: Using a Skillet

What You Need:

  • Skillet with lid
  • Oil or nonstick cooking spray
  • Mopping sauce
  • Meat thermometer

To reheat using a skillet, place the pan on the stove and add a little oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Remove the meat from the pack and place in the pan. Pour a generous amount of mopping sauce and turn the heat on to medium-high. Stir to spread the sauce evenly. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat and cover your skillet. Let the meat sit for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the internal temperature cools down to 145°F.

While using a skillet also works, boiling the vacuum-sealed pack is my favorite method of reheating pulled pork. This method retains the meat’s smoky flavor that might be lost when you use a different method. The vacuum-sealed bag also keeps out other flavors in the refrigerator or freezer that your pork might absorb during storage.

If you want to know more about how to vacuum-seal and freeze pulled pork, check out this video by Malcom Reed of HowToBBQRight.com. He gives a step-by-step procedure on how to store your pulled pork leftovers.


I highly recommend reheating your pulled pork by vacuum-sealing and boiling. It is the best way to retain the original flavors of the meat, and it keeps the moisture sealed in for as long as possible. In fact, many restaurants use this method, so you know you’re in good company.

Is this article helpful? Do you have other tips on how to reheat pulled pork in the best way possible? Write them down in the comments’ section. I’d love to hear from you! Also, please take the time to share this article with your friends. Who knows? They might find it helpful, too.

Melissa Novotny

Hello friends, I'm Melissa from San Diego. I created InsidertheKitchen.com because I'm obsessed with food. I love cooking, eating and sharing. The Kitchen is the heart of my home.

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