Savoury and cheesy on the inside, and golden brown and crispy on the outside, this pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate comfort food. This cheesy pork sandwich comes together quickly (and puts that yummy leftover pulled pork to good use).
I think I could pretty much have a sandwich for every single meal (especially if it involves melty cheese). You too?
Now that the weather is cooler, comfort food is definitely in order —well, isn’t that always the case?
Pulled pork is something I like to regularly make. On it’s own it’s great. But use it in recipes with other ingredients, like pulled pork rice bowls, pulled pork and beans and pulled pork quesadillas? So incredibly yummy!
That’s where this pulled pork grilled cheese comes into play. It’s such a great recipe to use leftover pulled pork. And paired with a big bowl of homemade soup? Talk about a wonderfully delicious combination.
How To Make a Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
Here is an overview of how to make this pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich (full details are in the recipe card below):
Assemble the sandwich
- Spread one side of each slice of bread with mayonnaise, then sprinkle over some black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Generously top one of the slices with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Then layer on lots of pulled pork, sliced pickle and a good drizzle of your favourite barbecue sauce.
- Top with more mozzarella cheese (because cheese … and yum).
- Place the other slice of bread over top to form the sandwich.
- Spread some mayonnaise over the outside of the top slice.
Grill the sandwich
- Heat a cast-iron skillet, then place the pork sandwich in there, mayonnaise side down. Cook until it’s golden brown and crispy on the bottom. Once it is (and before flipping), spread some mayonnaise over top.
- Flip the sandwich, and continue to cook until the other side is golden brown and crispy and the cheese is nice and melty inside.
Mayonnaise for Grilled Cheese?
Most times when making grilled cheese I use butter (I adore the stuff). But butter is not the only option when making a grilled cheese … mayonnaise is a delicious alternative when you want to mix things up.
Mayonnaise adds richness and tang to your grilled cheese sandwich and helps the bread turn nicely golden brown and crispy.
I recommend using a full-fat mayonnaise over, say, a light or fat-free version. The fat and richness of the full-fat mayonnaise is where it’s at and will yield the best grilled cheese sandwich results, which is ultimately what you want.
And if you love both butter and mayonnaise, you can have the best of both worlds by using each. Use a little butter to spread over the inside of the sandwich bread, then use a little mayonnaise to spread over the outside.
If you aren’t a fan of mayonnaise, though, don’t sweat it! You can still make this pulled pork grilled cheese by using butter instead.
Mix Things Up
- Add Some Spice: Instead of sliced pickles, for a little change, this pulled pork grilled cheese pairs great with pickled sliced jalapeno or banana peppers.
- Cheese: I used a simple shredded mozzarella cheese, but you can use something else if you prefer. Just pick a good melting cheese. Other delicious options are fontina, Gruyere, Monterey Jack, or cheddar (a younger or mild version over, say, an aged cheddar because it melts better).
- Bread: I used brioche, but sourdough, pumpernickel, white, or whole wheat bread are also great options.
What To Serve With It
For an extra substantial meal, try pairing this pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich with any of these delicious sides:
- Potato chips (barbecue flavour would be a fun choice)
- French fries
- Onion rings
- Fried pickles
More Yummy Cheesy Sandwiches
- Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Mushroom Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich
If you make this pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich, be sure to leave a comment below!
Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, approximately (you want enough to cover both sides of each slice of bread)
- 2 slices sandwich bread, I love brioche but you can use your favourite sandwich bread
- pinch freshly ground black pepper
- pinch garlic powder
- pinch onion powder
- 2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese, about ½ cup (use a little more if you want your sandwich cheesier)
- ½ cup leftover cooked pulled pork
- 6 to 8 slices dill pickle
- 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
- To assemble the sandwich: Spread mayonnaise over one side of each slice of bread, then sprinkle over black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Top with ½ of the mozzarella cheese (¼ cup), then add pulled pork, pickle slices, drizzle of barbecue sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese (¼ cup). Top with the other slice of bread (with the mayonnaise side on the inside) to form the sandwich. Spread some mayonnaise over the top of the sandwich.
- To grill the sandwich: Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-low to medium heat. Place the sandwich in the skillet, mayonnaise side down, and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Spread remaining mayonnaise over top of the sandwich, then flip the sandwich and continue to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or until it's golden brown and crispy on the outside and the inside is heated through and the cheese has melted.
- Serve and enjoy!
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.
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David @ Spiced
Fried pickles on a pulled pork grilled cheese!? Oh you’re talking my kinda language now, Dawn. This sounds absolutely fantastic! We always keep pulled pork in the freezer, so we’ve got all of the ingredients to make this. Definitely going to happen soon! And I support the mozzarella choice here, too. Yum!
Pulled pork grilled cheese is such a great way to amp up a basic grilled cheese sandwich! Love the addition of extra BBQ sauce to the pork — keeps everything moist and tender 🙂
Great idea for Pulled Pork! Thank you! First chance, I will make it and I know it will be delicious! Cheers!