Pork? Who doesn’t love pork? We all do! But with great food comes greater responsibility. Such is the case with our favorite pulled pork.
It varies in its flavor depending on recipes from different regions; but the core idea is pretty simple. The pork is ripped from the bone and shredded after it has been seasoned, smoked or slow-cooked, whichever way you want to have it.
Making pulled pork is a hell lot of work, much more than you would actually invest in for a single meal, but consistency is what will get you till the end game. Trust us, it’ll be worth it!
However, you have to be careful and when we say that, we mean it. It’s a very risky process because it can easily dry it out by making it tough, or the complete opposite can happen; it may become soft and rubber like.
So make sure you don’t waste that delicious meat and instead, try out these success-guaranteed ways to reheat pulled pork!
Here are top 3 way to reheat pulled pork
1. Pulled Pork in the Microwave
The most rapid way to reheat your pulled pork is through the top appliance: microwave. Place the pulled pork in a microwave-safe dish and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes per serving, or until heated through.
Its importance will always be understated; the machine does so much for us in terms of our appetite. You may feel that its unhealthy but there’s always a certain way to go about things, provided you follow them right.
It is essential that you store the juices gathered through the original smoking or cooking process. Leave those juices to cool down. Notice that once they have chilled out, a layer of fat is created on top.
In order for you to achieve the best outcome, you need to remove that layer. An easier alternative would be to keep the juice in the fridge. This will cool it down faster and because it will become rock solid, the act of scraping it off would be facilitated.
When you’re done taking the fat off from the top, put the juices into the meat right before you place it in the fridge. This is extremely important as far as moisture is concerned.
In case, you didn’t go through with this, for whatever reason, your pork will definitely lose its moisture when you reheat it; making it dry, rough and extremely uncomfortable to chew.
Now that you’re done with preparing it when you take it out to reheat the following day, mix up some apple juice, vinegar or barbecue sauce; just make sure you don’t add too much of it.
The time to reheat has finally arrived! Place the dish in the microwave, make sure that the temperature inside is around 165 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer for about one to two minutes. And boom! You’re done reheating your pork. Rapid and simple but my least favorite way.
2. Pulled Pork in the Oven
Coming to the health conscious individuals, if your health comes first for you, then this is the method you need to go for. Its also the wiser option when you have a large amount of pork to reheat.
The process is quite similar to the one with microwave. Just like that, you need to leave the juices to dry out in your pan and take off that extra layer of fat.
Then put back the juices in the meat once they’ve cooled down and place it in the fridge. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Place the pulled pork in an oven-safe dish and cover with foil. Heat in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until heated through. You can add a little bit of water or BBQ sauce to the dish to keep the meat moist.
3. Pulled Pork and Vacuum Sealing and Boiling
This is the best method to reheat pork as the real flavor isn’t lost. Keep the juices intact when you smoke or cook the pork. Remove the fat from top and pour back the juices into the meat before you seal it.
Vacuum seal the meat after which you can either refrigerate or freeze it. Boil water at a high temperature in a pot on the stove.
Take out the meat and place it in the water (after turning the stove) for 30 minutes till it comes to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix it up with your favorite sauce and have fun!
All in all, the vacuum sealing method is most efficient and healthy way to reheat pork!
What Is The Best Way To Store Shredded Pork?
The best way to store shredded pork depends on whether you plan to use it immediately or save it for later use. Here are a few options:
Refrigerator: If you plan to use the shredded pork within a few days, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Be sure to let it cool to room temperature before putting it in the fridge to avoid moisture buildup.
Freezer: If you want to save the shredded pork for a longer period, you can freeze it. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag. Be sure to label the container with the date so you can keep track of how long it’s been in the freezer. Also, consider portioning it out into smaller servings before storing it. This will make it easier to thaw and reheat only the amount you need.
Be sure to label your containers or bags of shredded pork with the date so you can keep track of how long it’s been in the fridge or freezer. This will help you avoid eating old, potentially unsafe food.
If you have a large amount of shredded pork, consider freezing it in batches rather than all together in one container. This will make it easier to use only the amount you need without having to thaw the entire batch.
Vacuum Sealer: If you have a vacuum sealer, this is an excellent way to store shredded pork for an extended period. Place the pork in a vacuum-saleable bag and remove as much air as possible before sealing it. This method helps prevent freezer burn and can keep the pork fresh for up to six months in the freezer.
Regardless of how you choose to store your shredded pork, it’s essential to handle it safely to avoid food borne illness. Be sure to refrigerate or freeze it promptly after cooking, and always reheat it to an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C) before serving.
Use airtight containers: When storing shredded pork in the fridge or freezer, use airtight containers to prevent moisture and air from getting in. This will help keep the pork fresh for longer.
How Long Does Pulled Pork Last In The Fridge?
Pulled pork can typically last in the fridge for 3-4 days if stored properly. It’s important to refrigerate the pulled pork within two hours of cooking it to prevent bacterial growth.
To store pulled pork in the fridge, transfer it to an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag. Be sure to let it cool down to room temperature before putting it in the fridge to avoid moisture buildup. Label the container with the date so you can keep track of how long it’s been stored.
If you’re unsure whether the pulled pork is still safe to eat, look for signs of spoilage, such as a sour or rancid odor, mold, or a slimy texture. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to throw the pulled pork away to avoid the risk of food borne illness.