Pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich

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Sweet and smoky pulled pork with sharp mature cheddar and creamy mozzarella, toasted between two slices of ciabatta makes for the ultimate grilled cheese.

Pulled pork grilled cheese

Feast your eyes on this bad boy. Yep, that’s a whole lot of porky, cheesy goodness going on between those two slices of bread. And it is gooood.

Pork and cheese is a magical combination. Just think of smoky, salty bacon paired with melting brie. Or prosciutto served with a milky slice of buffalo mozzarella. But then you add a little sweetness like the caramelized onions you serve with the bacon and brie or the wedge of melon accompanying the prosciutto and mozzarella and you have perfection.

That’s why when I had some pulled pork leftover a few weeks ago, I decided to pair it with a little mature cheddar and sliced mozzarella and shove all of that in between two slices of bread. Slather it in butter, toast it in a pan and then experience euphoria.

When you take your first bite, you will bite through a layer of crunchy, buttery bread. Then you’ll get that mouthwatering smoky sweetness of the pulled pork and finally the sharpness of the cheddar and the creaminess of the mozzarella. I am pretty much drooling on my keyboard just typing this. It’s the type of sandwich you will randomly crave before feeling bummed out that you can’t eat it right.now. And it’s so good that I now don’t wait for the pulled pork leftovers, I make a batch of pulled pork just so I can make this sandwich. And I won’t judge you if you do the same, in fact, I’ll judge you if you don’t.

Pulled pork grilled cheese

What kind of meat do you use for pulled pork?

Pork leg or  pork shoulder (butt) are both perfect for making pulled pork. You want to make sure you use a cut of pork that shreds easily and has a good ratio of meat to fat to keep the meat juicy without being overly greasy.

How can I make my grilled cheese better?

By putting pulled pork on top! The pulled pork adds juicy, sweet, smoky flavor that works so well with the cheese and bread.

What kind of bread do you use for grilled cheese?

Most breads can be used for a grilled cheese sandwich, it just needs to be able to toast well and be sturdy enough to keep the filling. Ciabatta (if it’s not too holey), white bread, sourdough and boule all work well.


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5 from 5 votes
Pulled pork grilled cheese
Pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Sweet and smoky pulled pork with sharp mature cheddar and creamy mozzarella, toasted between two slices of ciabatta makes for the ultimate grilled cheese.

Course: Barbecue, Sandwich
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories: 510 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
for the pulled pork
for the sandwich
  • 4 slices ciabatta bread
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella
  • ¼ cup grated mature cheddar
  • butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Divide the pulled pork between two of the ciabatta slices.
  3. Top with the cheese then sandwich the remaining bread.
  4. Butter the top and bottom of the sandwich then place in the pre-heated pan.
  5. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the cheese has melted and the sandwich is golden brown and crisp on both sides.
  6. Remove from the pan and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 1258mg 52%
Potassium 123mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 10.2%
Vitamin C 2.6%
Calcium 38%
Iron 18.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply

    Totally drool-worthy Alida! Like all your sandwiches!

  • Robyn


  • Belinda

    Made this for lunch with leftover pulled pork and I’ve honesty never had a better sandwich in my life. Absolutely delicious!

    • Alida Ryder

      So happy to hear that! It’s SUCH a good grilled cheese. 🙂

    • Di

      Do you need to heat pork first or put into sandwich cole and also do you think we could use a sandwich maker

      • Alida Ryder

        You can heat it up before hand if you wish and a sandwich maker would work very well here.

  • Linda

    This looks absolutely mouthwatering and delicious! 🙂

  • leslie

    I love this! I just made some pulled pork and froze a bunch of it for different meal ideas. I will have to try this!

    • Alida Ryder

      Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it!

  • Sabrina

    This looks scrumptious!

  • Jolena @TheRubyKitchen

    I am drooling over here! This looks incredible. Sounds like the perfect comfort food!

  • Kristina

    This is absolutely amazingly delicious. Or so I imagine it! You can never have too much sandwich posts, there are endless possibilities with them, so endelss posts. Keep them coming!

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