These bbq pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches are a phenomenal way to use up leftover pulled pork!

I love lazy weekends where anything is possible. Breakfast at the diner? OK!

Fussing in the garden? I’ll take it!

A whirl around the gym? Only because I have to. 

Making grilled cheese for lunch? You betcha! (Hence the time at the gym.) 

Well, these bbq pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches were a creation I had been dreaming of since the pork shoulder went in the oven a few weeks ago. I had also planned on making taquitos with the leftovers but sadly, the leftovers never made it that far with that batch of pulled pork.

Anyway! Perfectly buttered and toasted white bread hold this magnificent sandwich combination together. The Monterey Jack melts into the pulled pork just as it should, leaving you with sandwiches that you’ll wish there were more of (though one certainly was plenty for lunch for us). 

I decided to toast all of the bread slices independently and then to cover the pan to allow the cheese to melt before combining the halves because all too often, when grilled cheese sandwiches have a lot going on in between the bread slices, like this jalapeño popper grilled cheese does, the cheese doesn’t always melt completely. Problem solved!

BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

And??? The perfect weekend lunch!!

bbq pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Yield: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

BBQ pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches are a decadent way to use up pulled pork leftovers. As with most grilled cheese sandwiches, the bread you use makes all the difference. Because these sandwiches have the tendency to be on the messy side, choose a hearty white bread that can stand up to the awesomeness within. Thick-sliced country white or homemade white bread are excellent choices. I didn’t think of this when making these sandwiches, but if you love red onion like we do, thinly sliced onions would be an excellent addition to this sandwich, as would sliced pickled jalapeños or banana peppers if you’re looking for a little extra bite.


  • 4 slices white bread (see note above)
  • Salted butter, softened to almost melted
  • 1 ½ cups warmed bbq pulled pork
  • 4 oz Monterey Jack or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Butter one side of all of the bread and place the butter side down in the skillet. Divide the cheese between all of the slices and top the cheese on just of the two slices with the pulled pork.
  2. Cover the pan with a lid or sheet of aluminum foil for about 3 minutes; this will ensure heat melts the cheese and heats the pork through. Remove the lid (or foil) and check the undersides of the bread with a spatula. If all of the slices are lightly browned, flip the slices with the cheese onto the pulled pork so the cheese and pork can meld together. After 30 seconds to 1 minute, flip the sandwiches to finish off the other sides. When both sides of the sandwiches are perfectly browned (you know what that looks like) and the cheese is fully melted, remove them from the pan, cut, and serve hot and gooey.

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  • June 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Wow..This looks delicious! Very cool idea to combine those two dishes together. I am drooling thinking about them!

  • Kathleen
    June 18, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    I LOVE this idea. I have some frozen leftover pulled pork. Guess what is going on the menu this week??!! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  • June 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    these look awesome! almost like a patty or frisco melt, except even better!

  • June 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Whoa… this looks incredible! Maybe it’s just that it’s 2:30 and I haven’t eaten lunch yet, but my mouth is watering and I am suddenly inspired to run out for something delicious like this.

    and I agree… I bet some onions would be killer on this sandwich!

  • June 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    You can’t beat grilled cheese. It is just so comfy. They fit like sweat pants. (I mean that in a good way) this version looks incredible! I will definitely try it out!

  • June 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Oh gracious mercy me! I just discovered this lovely blog, and this is the first entry I come across — I’m hooked, and can’t wait to try this!

  • June 19, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Oh My! This is the perfect comfort food sandwich if I’ve ever heard of one. I can’t wait to make it. More than that – I can’t wait to eat it!

  • June 20, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    Oh my goodness, this looks disgustingly, sinfully good – completed bookmarked and ready to try. Thanks so much for sharing. Vicky

  • Rita
    June 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Just found this blog…. this looks delish my family will love this… I’ll be making it verrrry soon.

  • […] BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Ingredients. 4 slices white bread (see header) Salted butter, softened to almost melted 1 ½ cups bbq pulled pork, warmed 4 oz Monterey Jack or sharp cheddar cheese … […]

  • […] BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Ingredients. 4 slices white bread (see header) Salted butter, softened to almost melted 1 ½ cups bbq pulled pork, warmed 4 oz Monterey Jack or sharp cheddar cheese … […]