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Leftover Pulled Pork Sandwiches
with macaroni salad / watermelon

Active: 30 min Total: 50 min

With leftover pulled pork from earlier in the week, this meal is quick, classic, and great for enjoying outdoors if the weather allows.
Smarts: Don't forget to salt the water you use to boil the pasta. It will add extra flavor to the simple, creamy macaroni salad.
Smarts: Look for small (sometimes called "personal") watermelons or buy pre-sliced watermelon if you just want enough for this meal.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Leftover Pulled Pork Sandwiches:
  • Watermelon - 12 oz, sliced or cubed
  • Leftover pulled pork (from Tuesday) - ~1 lb
  • Barbecue sauce - 1/2 cup (use your favorite store-bought sauce or make your own)
  • Hamburger buns - 4
Macaroni Salad:
  • Pasta, macaroni - 4 oz (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Bell peppers, red - 1/2, finely diced
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
  • Broccoli florets - 8 oz, finely chopped
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Sour cream - 3 Tbsp (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Pasta - (Skip if pasta was made ahead for Wednesday.) Boil pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bell peppers / Shallots / Broccoli - Prep as directed. (Chop the broccoli fairly small since it will be included in the pasta salad.) Combine bell peppers and shallots. Store broccoli separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make dressing - Combine garlic powder, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and vinegar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Steam broccoli - Place broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high until they are tender but still have some crunch, 2 to 3 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Make pasta salad - Combine pasta, bell peppers, shallots, and broccoli. Add dressing and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving.
  6. Watermelon - Slice into wedges or cubes for serving.

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Make

  1. Reheat pork in the microwave. Combine with barbecue sauce (add some additional sauce until the pork is sauced to your liking).
  2. Toast buns.
  3. Give pasta salad a stir and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Serve pork in buns with watermelon and pasta salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (28)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (6)

21 reviews

I would like to mix it with pork next time, so a little of each. Used store-bought bbq sauce, used an IP recipe from online.

By: Kristine
Posted: Aug 17, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

BBQ jackfruit was yummy. Pasta salad was pretty mayonnaise-y. Maybe would try it with a vinaigrette dressing instead next time.

By: Caroline
Posted: Aug 27, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Used part of this recipe mixed with an older recipe for pork shoulder, and made homemade bbq sauce. Delicious, delicious, delicious, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches area a favorite for sure.

By: Doris
Posted: Aug 17, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Great chilled broccoli salad and leftover pulled pork was easily made super flavorable with hot sauce.

By: Tessa
Posted: Aug 15, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

My first experience with jackfruit, and it was a hit! Will make this again. Macaroni salad was pretty good too.

By: Dalia
Posted: Aug 08, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Need to try the macaroni salad next time! Made with spinach pasta cold salad. Didn’t use any bbq sauce.

By: Jessie
Posted: Aug 04, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful