Can You Freeze Pulled Pork?

Who doesn’t love some deliciously slow-cooked pulled pork? This is a delectable dish that is great cooked with veg, works as a sandwich filling or for an extra special side dish you can load up some chips with a pulled pork topping and cheese! Simply delicious!

One thing that is great about pulled pork is that it is really easy to cook in bulk and then store it. But, can you freeze pulled pork?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze pulled pork. Pulled pork can be frozen for around 6 months. Once cooled, portion the pulled pork into good-quality freezer bags. Remove the air from the bags, seal the bags up then place them into the freezer. 

How To Freeze Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is best frozen once it has been slow-cooked for hours in your favourite marinade and then cooled. Then you have a handy stash of delicious pulled pork ready for whenever you need a quick and easy meal.

  1. Cook
    Find your favourite recipe and cook up as much pulled pork as you want. This is a great dish to cook in bulk in order to put plenty in the freezer to use at a later date.
  2. Cool
    Allow the pulled pork to cool completely before preparing it for the freezer.
  3. Prepare Bags
    Grab some freezer bags and label them with the date and contents. You need enough freezer bags for the number of portions of pulled pork you have.
  4. Bag Up
    Pop the cooled pulled pork into the freezer bags. One portion per bag.
  5. Remove Air
    Squeeze out as much air as you can. This is the secret of successfully freezing your pulled pork.
  6. Seal and Freeze
    Seal the bags tightly and pop them into the freezer.

How to Freeze Jackfruit Pulled Pork

Jackfruit is something you can freeze and if your favourite pulled pork recipe calls for jackfruit then luckily you can also freeze jackfruit pulled pork! You don’t even need to adjust the freezing process at all.

Just follow the same process outlined above.

3 Tips for Freezing Pulled Pork

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing pulled pork to have the best results:

  • Label Clearly – This is especially important if you have frozen both pulled pork and pulled jackfruit. Once frozen, you’ll struggle to tell which is which so make sure you write a clear label. 
  • Freeze Into Portions – By freezing one portion per bag, you can easily grab the number of portions you need at a time. You don’t want to refreeze pulled pork, after all. 
  • Add Water or Sauce – Pulled pork will dry out a little as it freezes and then defrosts. Add a splash of water to loosen it up or, if you have any, add a few spoonfuls of BBQ sauce to liven it up. 

How Long Can You Freeze Pulled Pork?

Pulled pork is one of those foods that freezes fairly well and keeps for a long time in the freezer. You can keep your pulled pork in the freezer for up to six months without the food degrading too much.

Perfect for keeping handy portion-sized amounts ready for whenever you need them.

You Can Freeze Pulled Pork for Around 6 Months

How Do You Defrost Pulled Pork?

When it comes to defrosting your pulled pork you have a few options to consider!

For best results, it is best to freeze the pulled pork slowly by popping it into the fridge overnight. This is the way that means your pork shouldn’t dry out.

If you need your pulled pork a little quicker then you can leave it on the kitchen counter to defrost. Just make sure you cover it first.

You can also reheat it from frozen if you prefer. You can do this in a pan with a touch of oil to prevent it from sticking. You can also defrost and reheat it in the oven. Just be careful as this method is the method that is most likely to cause the meal to dry out.

Can You Refreeze Pulled Pork?

We wouldn’t recommend that you refreeze pulled pork once it has been frozen and thawed out. The meat does deteriorate during the freezing and thawing process and you might end up with dried out meat that doesn’t taste great!

Pork is also a type of meat to be careful with as bacteria love it and if too many are present in the pork it can make you sick.

Does Pulled Pork Freeze Well?

Pulled pork can have mixed results when it comes to freezing. In most cases, it should be fine and just as tasty frozen as it was fresh.

On some occasions you might find that you lose the moist and tender texture that pulled pork is known for and the meat can dry out. You can always add some moisture back in when you reheat to combat this but it still won’t be quite the same as it was when it was freshly cooked.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing pulled pork or pulled pork in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Leftover Pulled Pork?

The method we’ve outlined above will also work perfectly well for leftover pulled pork. The key is to ensure you remove as much air as possible. We would also advise refreezing the pulled pork if it was already frozen as pulled pork.

If you have thawed a pork shoulder to make your pulled pork then you can refreeze this.

Can You Freeze Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce?

Perhaps you’ve decided to just make a batch of ready-to-go BBQ sauce and find yourself asking: Can you freeze that too? Well, yes you can! Simply portion into small airtight containers or thick freezer bags and place in the freeze.

When you’re ready to use it, just thaw in the fridge then warm through over a low heat.

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