We're not exactly flummoxed when it comes to deciding what to do with leftover pulled pork. (Eat it, duh) The options are only limited by your pork imagination. But it's always nice to have a few new ideas to keep dinner, or snack time interesting.
Since pork, cheese and salt go so well together, it seemed only natural to make some pulled pork nachos. When brainstorming how to add more smoke flavor into the dish we had a "hand-on-forehead" moment when we realized - of course! Do what a Traeger does best - smoke the cheese! Just make sure you take advantage of those cold days for your cheese smoking.
Try it out and let us know - what do you like to make with your leftover pulled pork?
DOUBLE-DECKER PULLED PORK NACHOS with SMOKED CHEESE
PREP TIME: about 1 hour to smoke the cheeses
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Apple, Cherry or Alder
1 block pepper jack cheese or mozzarella cheese, frozen
1 block sharp cheddar cheese, frozen
Leftover pulled pork (2 cups or so)
Traeger BBQ Sauce or BBQ Spicy Sauce
Favorite nacho toppings: olives, jalapenos or pickled jalapenos, cotija cheese, cilantro, sour cream, etc.
Smoking the Cheese: Start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).
Make sure you smoke the cheese on a cold day or else it will be too warm and the cheese will melt. We suggest you freeze the cheese overnight to ensure that it holds together. Place the cheese on a rack on top of a tray filled with ice. (You may want to cut the cheese into smaller portions, maybe 2 or 3 chunks, to help it smoke quicker.)
Smoke the cheeses for 45 to 60 minutes, depending on how much smoke taste you want.
Shred the cheeses, about 1 cup of each, and set aside.
Turn the heat on the Traeger up to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
Lay out your tortilla chips on a large baking sheet and top evenly with the shredded smoked cheeses.
Place the baking sheet on the Traeger grill grate and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and deliciously bubbly.
Remove the pan from the Traeger and start to assemble those double-decker nachos.
If your pulled pork isn't warm, heat it up in the microwave and mix it with enough Traeger BBQ sauce to coat the meat but not make it soupy.
Assemble the nachos with a layer of cheesy chips on the bottom, some pulled pork, and more cheesy chips on top.
Finish it off with your favorite nacho toppings and feast away!
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