Mason Jar Pulled Pork Parfaits

If you love barbecue as much as my family does, these Pulled Pork Parfaits are going to be a big hit. This savory specialty will put other bbq favorites to shame! Juicy pulled pork, crisp, crunchy coleslaw, sweet baked beans, and creamy mashed potatoes....all the flavors of a backyard barbecue... in a jar! #bbq #barbeque #pulledpork #pork #summer #parfait #easy #speedymeal

If you love barbecue as much as my family does, these Pulled Pork Parfaits are going to be a big hit. This savory specialty will put other bbq favorites to shame! Juicy pulled pork, crisp, crunchy coleslaw, sweet baked beans, and creamy mashed potatoes….all the flavors of a backyard barbecue… in a jar! #bbq #barbeque #pulledpork #pork #summer #parfait #easy #speedymeal

If you love barbecue as much as my family does, these Pulled Pork Parfaits are going to be a big hit. This savory specialty will put other bbq favorites to shame! Juicy pulled pork, crisp, crunchy coleslaw, sweet baked beans, and creamy mashed potatoes....all the flavors of a backyard barbecue... in a jar! #bbq #barbeque #pulledpork #pork #summer #parfait #easy #speedymeal

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We always love to get Pulled Pork Parfaits when we attend the Kansas State Fair each September.  Though they aren’t made in a jar at the state fair, but rather a big plastic cup, they are still absolutely delicious. After eating like a hundred or so of them, I finally realized how dang easy these parfaits would be to make at home!

To make them even more nostalgic, I decided to assemble our parfaits in pint-size Mason jars instead of plastic cups, but if you’re packing a picnic, the plastic cups are genius! This way, just like at the state fair, you don’t have to worry about breaking glass like you do when using the Mason jars.

These Mason Jar Pulled Pork Parfaits are awesome for a change up in your weeknight meal, or a fun alternative at a tailgate or game-day gathering! Just throw the mason jars into the dishwasher when you’re done. Easy peasy.

Here’s How to Easily Assemble the Pulled Pork Parfaits:

  • Cook up a big ole pork butt, using your favorite pulled pork recipe.  Here’s mine.

  • Make a big batch of your favorite mashed potatoes, baked beans, and coleslaw….or purchase them from your local deli/grocery store, if that’s easier for your schedule.

  • Now comes the fun part – the assembly!:

Layer the warm ingredients (except for the coleslaw and the pickles, keep these chilled) into mason jars in this order:

  1. BBQ Sauce

  2. Shredded pork

  3. Mashed potatoes

  4. Shredded pork

  5. Baked beans

  6. Shredded Pork

  7. Coleslaw

  8. Shredded pork

  9. BBQ sauce and pickles on top

  10. Dig in!

 Helpful Tips for Making The Best Mason Jar Pulled Pork Parfaits

  • Do I need to serve anything alongside these pulled pork parfaits?

Not really!  Everything is pretty much covered, right in the jar. My kids like to have chips in addition to the parfaits, and maybe brownies for dessert, but that’s it.  Add a beverage and you’re good to go!

  • My family doesn’t really like coleslaw.  Can I substitute something in it’s place?

How about potato salad? It won’t be crispy in texture like the coleslaw is, but it’s creamy and would lend itself nicely to the other flavors in the parfaits.  And, if you’re using potato salad, you could definitely eliminate the mashed potato layer and use potato salad there, as well.

  • Can these Mason Jar Pulled Pork Parfaits be made ahead and kept warm until it’s time to serve them?

Yes. Just don’t add the coleslaw until the last layer, if you can, and that way you can place the parfaits into a low oven to hold until you’re ready to serve.  When it’s time to eat, add the coleslaw as the last layer, then top with pickles and serve!

  • What’s the easiest way to get the layers of ingredients INTO the jars, exactly?

I like to use an ice cream scoop (or a cookie dough scoop) with a trigger for layering the ingredients into the jars. The trigger action gives a little force to the ingredients as you add them to the jars, making this task super easy and quick. I try to have a scoop for each ingredient when I want to assemble my jars, so I don’t have to wash anything in between each layer.

  • Can I use shredded beef or chicken instead of pork in these parfaits?

Absolutely.  Any type of fully cooked, shredded and seasoned meat works great in these parfaits.  My family loves the pulled pork, but leftover shredded Barbacoa Beef works well, as does shredded Buffalo Chicken!

  • Can I use quart-size Mason jars instead of the pint jars to make these pulled pork parfaits?

This is a great idea, actually! A quart-size jar would would be awesome if you’re feeding couples who could share. Each quart jar would definitely be more than enough for two people. Quart-size jars for pulled pork parfaits are also good if you happen to be serving growing, bottomless-pit teenage boys, too.  🙂

 

If you love barbecue as much as my family does, these Pulled Pork Parfaits are going to be a big hit. This savory specialty will put other bbq favorites to shame! Juicy pulled pork, crisp, crunchy coleslaw, sweet baked beans, and creamy mashed potatoes....all the flavors of a backyard barbecue... in a jar! #bbq #barbeque #pulledpork #pork #summer #parfait #easy #speedymeal

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Pulled Pork Parfaits

If you love barbecue as much as my family does, these Pulled Pork Parfaits are going to be a big hit. This savory specialty will put other bbq favorites to shame! Juicy pulled pork, crisp, crunchy coleslaw, sweet baked beans, and creamy mashed potatoes....all the flavors of a backyard barbecue... in a jar! #bbq #barbeque #pulledpork #pork #summer #parfait #easy #speedymeal

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword mason jar, pulled pork
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pork butt, 3-4 lbs., cooked and shredded to make the pulled pork
  • 1 batch of your favorite mashed potatoes, approx. 4-5 cups
  • 1 batch of your favorite baked beans, approx. 4-5 cups
  • 1 batch of your favorite coleslaw, approx. 3-4 cups
  • BBQ sauce for the pork layers and the top of the parfait
  • sliced dill pickles, for garnish

Instructions

Layer these ingredients into the pint mason jars, as desired:

  1. Good squirt of BBQ sauce into the bottom of the Mason jar

  2. Shredded pork, warm

  3. Mashed potatoes, warm

  4. Shredded pork, warm

  5. Baked beans, warm

  6. Shredded pork, warm

  7. Coleslaw, chilled

  8. Shredded pork, warm

  9. Pickles and bbq sauce, as garnish

Dig in!

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Chef Alli

Please Note: This recipe was happily shared on The Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck and Southern Bite’s Meal Plan Monday!

 

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