Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork

This Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork is so hearty and comforting! Tender and juicy pulled pork with tons of melted cheese, our new dinner obsession!

If you’re looking for more recipes to feed a crowd, try our Grandma’s Sunday Meatballs and Sauce or our Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers!

pulled pork sandwich with beer behind

BBQ Pulled Pork With Melted Cheese!

Pulled pork is pretty delicious all on it’s own. But when you stir in a few cups of sharp cheddar cheese it becomes – well, amazing. This Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork was actually our son’s idea, and we’ve gotta hand it to him, it’s pretty legit.

The cheese literally melts into the pulled pork, so it just makes for a super creamy, delicious pulled pork recipe. I’m telling you guys, you can NOT stop eating this stuff! We stirred in our favorite barbecue sauce and then we drizzled more on top.

Hunch over, grab this pulled pork big sandwich and have the napkins ready. This is the best kind of messy eating!

bbq pulled pork sandwich with sauce dripping down

How To Make This Cheesy Pulled Pork

To make a basic pulled pork recipe, you can either use your oven or your crock pot. There’s really not much difference in flavor, just the difference in cooking time. Pulled pork made in the oven will take less time, while the slow cooker version will take longer.

Crock pots just make things a little easier, you just add a pork roast to your slow cooker with a dry rub and onions. Turn it on and walk away. That’s the key, walking away! Because I’m sure you have other things to do for 6-8 hours.

I have found that different brands of slow cookers definitely cook at different temperatures. The “low” setting on one slow cooker doesn’t always equal the temperature of a “low” setting on another slow cooker. So start checking to see if the pork is tender around the 6 hour mark for the low setting.

Once the pork roast is tender, remove it from the slow cooker and set it on a board to cool. Drain the juices from your slow cooker, but save them in a bowl, you’ll be stirring some of the juices into the shredded pork.

Shred the pork butt using two forks or Meat Claws and then return it back to the slow cooker. Add some of the onions and reserved juices to the pork along with your favorite barbecue sauce.

And now here comes the cheese!!!

You’ll want to add the cheese in while it’s still warm so that it melts into the pork. If it’s not quite warm enough to melt the cheese, put the lid back on and turn the slow cooker on high for 15 minutes.

Variations For This Pulled Pork Recipe

Cheddar cheese not your thing? We went with a sharp cheddar cheese because we love the flavor combined with the rich pulled pork. But there are other options, too!

  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Monterey Jack Cheese or Pepper Jack for a little spice!
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Colby Cheese or Colby Jack
  • American Cheese

Spice it up! If you like some heat in your food, add a splash or two of hot sauce or a spicy barbecue sauce.

pulled pork with cheese stirred in

How Else Can I Use This Pulled Pork?

Obviously on buns, yes. That’s the most common way to serve pulled pork and for good reason, it’s delicious. But there’s so many other ways to use this Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork too!

  • Pile it into a baked potato with toppings
  • Add it to your favorite chopped salad
  • NACHOS!!!
  • Use it as a filling for taquitos or tacos
  • Make cheesy poutine french fries
  • Straight up out of the bowl as is

This pulled pork is perfect for serving at parties because it’s a make ahead recipe and your guests can even serve themselves! Set out a plate of buns on the side, maybe a bowl of coleslaw and you’re good to go.

Like I said before, we’ve also make this recipe for Sunday dinner so that we have leftovers during the busy weeknights of school and sports activities. Also a great thing when your kids can feed themselves, too.

bbq pulled pork sandwich with beer in background

Looking For More Pork Recipes?

bbq pulled pork sandwich with sauce dripping down

Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x

This Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork is so hearty and comforting! Tender and juicy pulled pork with tons of melted cheese, our new dinner obsession!



  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (you’ll use the whole recipe)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups bbq sauce, plus extra for serving


  1. Start by making our Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.
  2. Remove the pork from the slow cooker to a board then pour the juices into a large bowl.
  3. Let the pork butt cool slightly, then shred the pork into bite sized pieces. You can use 2 forks to shred the pork, meat claws or if it’s cool enough, your hands.
  4. Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker with 1 cup of the reserved onions and juices from cooking.
  5. Add the cheese and bbq sauce to the pork and stir to combine. Cover the slow cooker and cook for another 15 minutes until the cheese has melted.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes about 8 cups of pulled pork, about 1/2 cup is a good size for servings on buns!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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