If there’s one thing that screams “BBQ” it has to be pulled pork.
Well that, and in my house, pulled chicken as well!
And with Memorial Day just a few days away (and the summer season right around the corner!), I’ve been playing around with some fun ways to use both of these BBQ staples.
Whether you use pork or chicken, you can typically find a good selection in your local store. But if you’d like to try some of the most delicious meat you’ve ever had, I recommend Corky’s BBQ!
We introduced it to the Just Jill Shop last year and my family always keeps a batch in our freezer!
In fact, when I first started exploring the idea of adding a food category to justjillshop.com, Corky’s was one of those brands I had on my wish list.
But anyway, back to the recipes! I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to use pulled pork and chicken for dinner with my family.
These meals are so easy to throw together, they’re great for those super busy nights or those evenings where you just need a break!
5 Meal Ideas Using BBQ Pork and Chicken
The obvious meal is an old-fashioned BBQ sandwich (with extra sauce). Go ahead… slather it on!
Any pizza lovers out there? Another way I love to use pulled bbq chicken is on a store-bought pizza crust.
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I brush some bbq sauce on the crust, add the pulled chicken, a little red onion and some mozzarella cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted.
This is such an easy way to pull together a meal when your kids are telling you how STARVING they are!
One of the most popular appetizers at Corky’s in Memphis is their pulled pork nachos. I’m a total nacho kind of gal, so this idea for a meal is one I lean into quite a bit!
Just top some classic tortilla chips with your favorite toppings and use your pulled pork or chicken as the protein.
To really make it “Memphis” style, be sure to sprinkle a little of this BBQ seasoning on top too.
The crunch, salt, smoky flavor of the meat, and subtle sweetness of the bbq sauce take nachos to a whole new level!
Macaroni and cheese is often a side dish with ribs and barbecue. But what if we put the pulled pork in the macaroni and cheese?
Oh yeah. We’re doin’ it!
So I totally cheat when I make this for dinner… usually for my son, Trevor. He’s always liked food combinations, so this one was an easy sell!
I do have a homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, but when I make this BBQ version I usually buy a couple of containers of frozen mac and cheese by Stouffers.
I heat up the mac and cheese in the microwave, then when it’s done, I layer about 2/3 of it in a baking dish with the pulled pork, that has been heated through, on top.
After I add a little more sauce, then add the rest of the mac and cheese.
I add some french fried onions on top. I put it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350… to basically warm through and get those onions toasty on top.
It’s totally indulgent… but excellent comfort food on a chilly winter night!
One of my new favorite ways to use the pulled BBQ chicken is to make “rice bowls.” I just heat up the chicken, and start bowl building!
These are a great way to use things in your fridge or pantry. There are no rules, just layer in what you love!
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I like using quinoa as well as rice when I make these bowls. Beans, corn, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers… they’re all staples for me.
And to kick up your dressing… try mixing half ranch with half BBQ sauce sauce. It’s a zesty, creamy kick that really makes the bowl taste great!
Desserts That Will Make Your Tastebuds Sing
While Corky’s is known for their great, low and slow-cooked BBQ meals and kits, those who know, KNOW, that Corky’s has a few delicious desserts too.
Southern Pecan Pie is one of my husband’s favorites.
Filled with lots of pecans a buttery, rich, and sweet filling, this over 2-pound pie serves 8-10 people. Just thaw and serve!
And for the chocolate lover, fudge pie may look like a big ol’ brownie… but oh, it is so much more!
Sure, it has the consistency of a brownie. But one bite and you’ll notice the smooth and decadent fudge density. I love it with a side of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
It’s a tasty combination any time of the year.
More To Dress Your BBQ Meats
Be sure to check out our collection of sauces and spice rubs. They make great gifts for the cook or grill master on your list!
And if you want to send a true southern rib meal, you’ll want to check out our Ultimate Corky’s Sampler.
It’s a meal in a box, with a main course, side dishes, and dessert too!
More Food Fun To Come!
Check out all of our Corky’s offerings… just click the blue links below to learn more!
I’m so proud to be carrying a brand like Corky’s at Just Jill.
Enjoy cooking up your delish BBQ pork and chicken! Whether it’s for Memorial Day or a summer picnic, I hope these recipes will be a hit!
From my kitchen to yours,
Corky’s BBQ and Corky’s BBQ.