How To Reheat Pulled Pork Without Losing Its Moisture

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Written By Aimee Nakazawa

Well-made pork is delicious and juicy. Many people worldwide enjoy pork be it for breakfast or roasted over a fire. Pulled pork leftovers are delicious if you know how to reheat pulled pork. If not, let’s find out how you can heat pulled pork and enjoy your leftover pulled pork.

What Is Pulled Pork?

Pulled pork is a sort of traditional American food. It is called pulled pork because of how it is served. Pulled pork is made from pork shoulder, and using pork shoulder is the preferred method because the fat makes its own baste. Eating pulled pork straight from the fire is amazing and delicious.

However, reheating any pulled pork or reheating leftover pulled pork can be hectic, especially if you don’t know how to do it well. You could end up with dry and crusty meat, and that is not the goal. Furthermore, the reheating process is delicate and should be handled that way unless you want to end up with hard and crusty meat.

So here are a few methods we have compiled when you have to reheat pulled pork.

How To Reheat Pulled Pork

                                                                   Reheating Pulled Pork

1) Reheating Pulled Pork on The Grill

Using a grill to reheat pork is a great method. However, you will struggle to maintain the moisture and juices. To ensure you don’t lose moisture, make sure to prepare your meat first. You want your pulled pork moist, so apply any leftover juices or bbq sauce over it, then follow the next steps.

1a) On your grill, light the fire on one side, and set the pork on the other side. This will not put the pork in direct contact with a flame.

1b) The next step is to wrap the meat in two layers of aluminum foil.

1c) After wrapping in aluminum foil, add a quarter cup of water in the aluminum foil before you seal it properly.

1d) Place the meat on the opposite side of the flame or heat.

1e) Using a meat thermometer, ensure the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

1f) Remove the foil and set the meat near the flame to ensure the top crusts and chars a little.

You can now enjoy your leftover pork and have it taste as good as freshly made pulled pork. The indirect heat side is the best method to use if you want to reheat using a grill.

2) Reheating Pork in a Crock Pot

A crock pot is a very handy kitchen item to have. With a large crock pot, you can heat any amount of pork and leftover meat you want. This is solely one of the easiest yet functional methods to use. However, with this method, you need to save some leftover sauce to use on the reheated meat.

2a) Put your frozen pulled pork into the crockpot. With the remaining leftover juices, pour them all over the meat.

2b) Set your crock pot to warm and let it sit there for up to four hours. You can also take the meat out after two hours.

2c) Using a meat thermometer, keep measuring the temperature at intervals until it achieves 165 degrees.

2d) You can serve and eat after that.

If you didn’t save juices, that’s still okay. You can very easily use boiling water, and it will still turn out delicious. In addition, you can also give the meat a hot water bath. Delicious meat drying is a waste. Therefore ensure to hydrate the meat before reheating meat. Using a Dutch oven instead of a slow cooker is also fine.

3) Reheating Pulled pork in The Microwave

Other reheating methods are easier than others. Using a microwave is one of them. For one, there is not much to clean up after. Secondly, it’s perfect for the reheating process if you want to reheat pulled pork for two or three people. Finally, if you are always on the go, then this is a method for you.

3a) Place the meat in a microwave-safe dish.

3b) Add some leftover juices or a little apple juice to prevent it from drying out.

3c) Put the meat in the microwave and heat for two minutes.

3d) The meat should reach a temperature of 165 degrees.

3e) If the meat is not warm enough, put it back in the microwave and reheat again for 30 seconds.

3f) Serve as you prefer

This is the least selected method for enjoying reheated pulled pork. The key is to only reheat the pork you need at that time. Cooking pulled pork reaches a temperature of 205 degrees. However, the reheating process only requires 165 degrees.

4) Reheating Pulled Pork in the Oven

There is no limit to how much pulled pork butt or shoulder you can cook in the Oven. The same applies to reheating. Preheating the Oven is key to reheating pork or basically reheating food. Keeping the temperature on medium heat is important to reheat your pulled pork to preserve flavor.

4a) Using a baking dish or a baking tray, let the meat sit as you pour apple juice, barbecue sauce, or leftover broth on the meat. If the meat has been frozen for more than three months or more, it might have freezer burn, but it is still okay to eat.

4b) Place a double layer of foil over the meat.

4c) Place the tray in the Oven and allow it to bake slowly on medium to low heat.

4d) After it reaches 165 degrees, take the meat out and serve.

5) The Sous Vide Method

You need a sous vide machine for this method. This method circulates hot water to cook food evenly. It can also be used to reheat your pulled pork. Start by packing your meat in a plastic wrap or vacuum-sealed bag that will vacuum seal the pulled pork. You don’t want to put the pulled pork on direct heat.

5a) After pouring water into the machine, ensure it reaches 165 degrees.

5b) Put the vacuum sealed pork or shredded pork into the machine.

5c) Wait for 45 minutes.

5d) Remove from the machine with heat-proof gloves and serve.

Vacuum sealing meat in a watertight plastic bag is a great way to slow cook meat. Especially frozen meat you had in plastic containers or when you have to reheat smoked pulled pork. This method is great because it heats the meat very evenly.

How To Store Pulled Pork

Based on the amount of time you want to store your meat, there are different methods you can use.

a) One To Three Months

After your pork has cooled down, vacuum seal your pork in sealed bags. This will prevent moisture loss. Your meat should be sealed very well to discourage any bacterial growth. Well-sealed meat will last up to 3 months.

b) Three To Four Days

Using a fridge will keep your leftovers for three to four days. Foil or containers are perfectly suited for this.

c) Three To Four Hours

A cooler box should be perfectly suited for this method. All you have to do is fully cover the meat well. We meat insulate it well. It should stay warm in the cooler for up to four hours.

Final Thoughts

Pulled pork is a delicacy. No doubt there. We have highlighted the best methods of how to reheat pulled pork and store it for future use. You can also serve pulled pork with excellent sides such as French fries or sweet potatoes.

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Aimee Nakazawa

Aimee Nakazawa is a writer, photographer, cookbook author, and most importantly, she is the cook that prepares all scrumptious recipes. She also wrote a lot of shopping guides for the website.

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