Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie

Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie

I make pulled pork a lot. Whether it is using my smoker, grill or even just using the slow cooker, I love the tender taste of a slow cooked pork butt or shoulder. I tend to make a lot and the other day, I made a massive amount. My oldest son had a football playoff game and some family came by to watch it. Since people were travelling, I needed to make sure that I fed them well and that there was enough pork to go around. So, I smoked 28 pounds of pork butts, which was way more than necessary. But, we always love to have leftover pork, because it is good in so many different dishes.

For instructions on how to make pulled pork check out these recipe posts.

Making pulled pork in a slow cooker.

Making pulled pork in a smoker or grill.

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I smoked the pork butts in my PG500 Pellet Grill from Cookshack. I love the grill because you can set the temperature and it will add wood pellets, as needed, to maintain the temperature. That is perfect for these long cooks. For pork butt, I start them in the evening and let it cook all night. I set it for 225F and used pecan wood pellets.

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You never know exactly how long the pork butts are going to take to reach the target temperature. It is important to not remove them too early or they will not pull well. I aim for 190-200F. For this smoke, it took about 14 hours, which is about standard.

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Once I took them off the grill, I wrapped them in foil, then a towel, and placed them in a cooler. That would keep them hot while we were at the football game. I love that method because it allows us to come home to a nice hot meal!

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As I said earlier, there was a lot of leftovers. So, I decided to try making pulled pork shepherd’s pie. We love comfort food and with the cold weather, I knew that a hot baked casserole would be great. Shepherd’s pie is normally made with ground beef, but I figured that pulled pork would work well and give the dish a nice BBQ flavor.

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Toss the pork in your favorite BBQ sauce. I used Sweet Baby Rays. Make sure that there is enough sauce, because you do not want the dish to be dry. It is best when it is sweet and saucy!

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I added the peas and corn while they were still frozen. They will heat up while baking in the oven.

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Top with mashed potatoes and grated cheese. Bake in a 350F oven for 45-60 minutes. This meal is total comfort food with the taste of BBQ. What is not to love?!?!

Pulled Pork Shepherds Pie

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Pulled Pork Shepherd's Pie
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 5-6 cups pulled pork
  • 2 cups bbq sauce
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3-4 pounds potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1½ cups grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Peel potatoes and, if they are large, cut in half. Place in a pot and fill with water. Boil until tender. Drain the water. Add the butter and milk to the potatoes. Mash until the potatoes are creamy.
  3. Toss pulled pork with bbq sauce until evenly coated. Spread on the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish (lasagna pan).
  4. Sprinkle frozen peas and corn on top of the pork.
  5. Spread the mashed potatoes on top of the frozen veggies.
  6. Top with the grated cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes. The cheese should be starting to brown and some bbq sauce should be bubbling up the sides.
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12 comments

  1. Wow, that’s a man’s meal if I ever saw one! My husband would be in heaven if I made this for him. Thanks for sharing we will have to try this out.

  2. Oh my gosh, this is so gorgeous. I love pulled (or any kind of) pork too. Do you have any tips for making it without a slow cooker/smoker? Thanks!

    • Hey Sasha! You can make pulled pork in the oven. Put it in a dutch oven, or casserole dish that has a lid. Fill with a 2-3 cans of pop or a mixture of ketchup, vinegar, apple juice and spices. Cover with the lid and cook at 300F for 6-7 hours, or until the meat is ‘pullable’ – basically falling apart. Hope that helps!!

  3. This is an amazing looking Shepherd’s pie!! I love your preparation of the shredded pork. :)

  4. It looks delicious, but a shepherd’s pie requires lamb in it, because shepherd’s tend…..sheep. That’s why it’s called Shepherd’s pie. But this looks amazing as a pulled pork pie :)

  5. Just curious but has anyone ever tried potato salad instead of mashed potatoes? I made pulled pork last night with potato salad and coleslaw…It was just a thought??

  6. Hey Steve,
    I had leftover pulled pork from the weekend and so made a pulled pork “shepherds pie”. Great idea! Lauryn is a purist though so next time I will steam vegetables separate as she doesn’t like them mixed in. I added French fried onions to the top before baking as well. Now I may make pulled pork just so I can make the pie!

    • Love the French fried onions idea! I was thinking crushed potato chips on top, but I like your idea better, especially now that French’s has come out with their cheesy French fried onions! They are SO good.

  7. What a great idea! Y’know, since pork goes so well with sweet potatoes, I could also see this working with a mix of mashed white & sweet potatoes. I guess you could even go bold and try it with just mashed sweet potatoes, although I think that would make it too sweet. Another variation that might be good: garlic mashed potatoes.

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