Pulled Pork Cakes

What could be better than making using your leftover pulled pork to make this crispy pulled pork cakes? The pulled pork is combined with cream cheese, green onions and lots of yummy spices than deep fried to crispy perfection.  

These will be a hit with kids and adults alike! Perfect for cookouts, tailgating, weeknight dinners or to impress at a dinner party.

Looking To Use up Some Leftover Pulled Pork?

These pulled pork cakes aren’t really a dessert or cake but a version of a crab cake. What could be better than juicy succulent pulled pork in a crispy coating! 

There are many ways to use up pulled pork, nachos, tacos, sandwiches but this is a new spin and I bet most people at your cookout won’t have seen it before!

It super simple to throw to make, you just need some time to do the panko coating and its time to throw them in the hot oil.

Just make sure you pick a few of your favourite dipping sauces.

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What You’ll Need to Make Pulled Pork Cakes

  • Leftover Pulled Pork
  • Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • Green Onions, Sliced Thin
  • Jalapeño, Minced
  • Honey
  • Bbq Rub
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Vegetable Oil
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How to Make Pulled Pork Cakes

Step 1: Mix It All Up 

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, green onions, jalapenos, honey, and bbq rub.

Mix together until smooth.

Add the cooked pulled pork in, mixing just enough to incorporate it into the mixture. You may taste the mixture and adjust the seasonings to taste. If you dont have leftover pulled pork, you can use this recipe to whip up a batch of smoky pulled pork.

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Step 2: Shape the Balls

Scoop out the pulled pork cake mixture and form into round balls, about the size of golf balls, then flatten them slightly into the shape of a puck.

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Step 3: Heat the Skillet

Using a deep pan, add enough oil to cover at least 1/4″ from the bottom.

Bring to a medium heat, about 350°F. Give it a couple of minutes to come up to the temperature.

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Step 4: Bread  

Meanwhile, prepare three small bowls for breading the pork cake. One bowl with whisked eggs, one bowl with flour, salt, and pepper, and one bowl with panko breadcrumbs.

Dip the pork patties into each bowl, starting with the flour bowl, then dip into the eggs, then into the panko bowl.

Make sure to cover both sides.

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Step 5: Cook 

Gently lower the pork patties into the hot oil to fry. Fry just 1 or 2 patties at a time, giving at least 1″ in between so they are not crowded.

Fry each side for 60 seconds, then carefully flip. We’re just trying to crisp up the outsides and warm the insides as everything is already cooked.

You’re looking for a golden crust on the outside.

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Step 6: Serve 

Place each cake on a wire rack and sprinkle with a bit of salt. They are ready!

Serve with some tangy BBQ sauce, relish, coleslaw, salsa, or any of your favorite toppings.

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What Temperature to Cook Pulled Pork Cakes At?

You can cook your pulled pork cakes at medium heat.

The oil should ideally reach a temperature of 350°F before putting your cakes into the pan. 

What Internal Temperature Do You Need to Reach for Pulled Pork Cakes?

You don’t have to worry about reaching a certain internal temperature for this dish as all the ingredients you’re using will already be cooked. 

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How Long to Cook Pulled Pork Cakes?

You should cook your pork cakes until the cakes form a crispy golden-brown crust. 

This should take about 2 minutes for each pork cake, searing each side for a minute. 

How to Store Leftover Pulled Pork Cakes?

If you do end up with leftovers, you can transfer the cakes to a storage container and place it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. 

You can also make a big batch of these ahead of time to pull out of the freezer and serve as a side dish anytime!

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How to Reheat Leftovers

If re-heating after freezing, you can thaw the cakes slightly and pop them into the oven at 400°F for a couple minutes until warm.

If re-heating from the refrigerator, you can bake at 350°F until warm.

Popping them into the microwave is not recommended as you may end up with cakes with a soggy texture. 

What to Serve With Pulled Pork Cakes

As these pork cakes are fried and obviously heavy on the stomach, it is recommended that you keep the sides that you are going to serve with this dish light. 

Here are some some of our favorite sides

  • Smoked Onion Bombs
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Smoked Asparagus

These are good sides to serve alongside this dish to make it a meal. You can also serve these cakes as a stand-alone snack and pair it with salsa or your favorite barbecue sauce. 

Want More Pulled Pork Recipes?

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Pulled Pork Cakes

Charlie
These pulled pork cakes are delicious, all you need to do is combine the pulled pork with cream cheese, green onions and lots of yummy spices than deep fried to crispy perfection. These will be a hit with kids and adults alike! Perfect for cookouts, tailgating, weeknight dinners or to impress at a dinner party.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings 4 servings
Calories 498 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet smoker

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups leftover pulled pork
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño minced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp bbq rub
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, green onions, jalapenos, honey, and bbq rub.
  • Mix together until smooth.
  • Add the cooked pulled pork in, mixing just enough to incorporate it into the mixture. You may taste the mixture and adjust the seasonings to taste.
  • Scoop out the pulled pork cake mixture and form into round balls, about the size of golf balls, then flatten them slightly into the shape of a puck.
  • Using a deep pan, add enough oil to cover at least 1/4″ from the bottom.
  • Bring to a medium heat, about 350°F. Give it a couple of minutes to come up to the temperature.
  • Meanwhile, prepare three small bowls for breading the pork cake. One bowl with whisked eggs, one bowl with flour, salt, and pepper, and one bowl with panko breadcrumbs.
  • Dip the pork patties into each bowl, starting with the flour bowl, then dip into the eggs, then into the panko bowl.
  • Make sure to cover both sides.
  • Gently lower the pork patties into the hot oil to fry. Fry just 1 or 2 patties at a time, giving at least 1″ in between so they are not crowded.
  • Fry each side for 60 seconds, then carefully flip. We’re just trying to crisp up the outsides and warm the insides as everything is already cooked.
  • You’re looking for a golden crust on the outside.
  • Place each cake on a wire rack and sprinkle with a bit of salt. They are ready!
  • Serve with some tangy BBQ sauce, relish, coleslaw, salsa, or any of your favorite toppings.
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This recipe will be perfect for you if you’re looking to step up your game and impress family members.

Make sure to follow the steps mentioned above and cook these cakes until golden-brown to leave everyone in the room drooling! 

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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