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Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork Buns

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Turn BBQ pulled pork into something fabulous. These buns are a fun twist on the classic sandwich!

Square baking dish filled with pulled pork buns that look kind of like cinnamon rolls but are stuffed with cheese and bbq pulled pork.

Stuffed with BBQ pulled pork and cheese, these rolls take your meal to the next level. They are easy to make. The soft and flavorful results will make them a lunch or dinnertime entrée!

It has been a while since I shared a fun pulled pork leftover recipe with you. So I figured it was high time I  do just that.

When I make pulled pork, I tend to make a whole shoulder. Even if it’s just the three of us eating, I go ahead and make the whole lot.

Rectangle of bread dough covered with bbq sauce, pulled pork and cheese.

I am never concerned about leftovers, I know without a doubt they will get used up!  They freeze beautifully, so I always portion some out for later.

But I don’t freeze them all. I like to challenge myself to be creative with some of what is left.

Not to brag, but I have come up with some real winners over the years. If you haven’t tried my creamy bbq pulled pork enchiladas, you are missing out. They are so delicious and relatively easy to put together.

Then there is the creamy BBQ pulled pork spaghetti.  Pairing BBQ and pasta may sound a bit odd, but it’s definitely a fun way to serve up dinner.

dough rolled around pork and cheese cut into cinnamon roll like slices with first few rolls in pan ready to rise.

Then there’s the BBQ pulled pork and rice skillet. That’s a perfect weeknight meal that cooks all in one skillet.

So when there was a pile of meat left from the instant pot root beer braised pork, I was not at all concerned.   

The boys were happy to enjoy it in a few more sandwiches though, but we had run out of buns.

bbq pork and cheese stuffed roll on plate with pan in the background.

Of course I could have run to the store, but that seemed like too much work. I did have a loaf of frozen bread dough in the freezer though, so I knew I could easily make something happen.

Now I could have formed up some buns and called it a day, but where’s the fun in that. Besides, rolling out the dough and stuffing it like a cinnamon roll wasn’t really any extra work and it would be a lot more fun!

So of course that’s exactly what I did.  Luckily I thought of it early enough in the morning that I was able to defrost the dough, shape it, let it rise and baked it all in time for lunch.

I was surprised how quickly the pan of them disappeared and I was showered with compliments. The soft bread and cheesy bbq filling was a big hit with us all.

soft and cheesy bbq pulled pork bun on plate ready to eat.

What are your favorite ways to use pulled pork? Have you ever tried anything fun or unconventional?

I’d love to hear all about it!

Square baking dish filled with pulled pork buns that look kind of like cinnamon rolls but are stuffed with cheese and bbq pulled pork.

Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork Buns

Servings: 9 Servings
Author: Carlee
Turn BBQ pulled pork into something fabulous. These buns are a fun twist on the classic sandwich!
4.84 from 6 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough like Rhodes defrosted
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
  • 2-3 cups pulled pork
  • 1 cup shredded cheese We used cheddar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt


  • Roll bread into a large rectangle (about 10×15, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.)
    1 loaf frozen bread dough like Rhodes
  • Spread with BBQ sauce. Sprinkle the pulled pork and cheese over the top.
    1/4 cup BBQ sauce, 2-3 cups pulled pork, 1 cup shredded cheese
  • Roll the long edge over itself into a spiral, like you would do cinnamon rolls.
  • Cut into 9 equal pieces. Place in a greased 8 or 9 inch square baking dish.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter and stir in the garlic salt. Gently brush over the bready parts of the rolls.
    2 Tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 20gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1230mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18g

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“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

What a great idea! Super delicious!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

It doesn't get much easier and they were so soft and delicious!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Hi Carlee, I still haven't got round to making pulled pork. It's one of those recipes on my to-do list, but for some reason I've not got there yet! Maybe I'll have to sling some in the slow cooker for a summer dinner very soon!



Saturday 8th of June 2019

You definitely should some day. It is such an easy way to feed a crowd too!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Thank you so much! We just love pulled pork leftovers!


Thursday 2nd of May 2019

What an awesome idea! I can't wait to try these!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

They are so fun and really good. I hope you like them!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 1st of May 2019

My boys will be all about these just because the title says buns, lol. Such a great idea, cannot wait to try! xo


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Ha! Boys do like buns! ;-)