6 Appetizer Recipes To Start Your Meal With Pulled Pork

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If you’re having a pulled pork party, there are many different appetizers that are perfect to have this main dish followed by.

Keep reading to find appetizers that will make your meal even more delicious and memorable.

What is pulled pork?

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Pulled pork is a meat dish made by cooking a tough cut of pork for a long time until it is very tender.

It is then pulled (shredded) apart into small pieces, hence the name pulled pork.

The meat is typically served on hamburger buns for a hearty sandwich with a variety of condiments and side dishes, such as coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, and cornbread.

This dish is especially popular in Southern cuisine, but it does appear in many parts of the world.

What to consider when choosing an appetizer for pulled pork entree?

When choosing an appetizer for your pulled pork entree, there are a few things that you should consider, as listed below:

Consider the level of richness of your main dish

If you’re serving pulled pork with a side dish like coleslaw, baked beans, or creamed corn, consider a lighter appetizer like tomato soup or grilled cheese sandwiches.

This is because if you start your meal with something heavy and creamy already, the main course is gonna be less appealing and appetizing.

Consider the level of spice in your meat

Choose an appropriate appetizer that will complement the flavor of pulled pork without overpowering them.

For example, if you’re serving spicy pulled pork with cheddar cheese grits and fried okra as sides, it would be best to serve something lightly spiced (such as salsa) rather than something very spicy (like jalapeno poppers).

Consider whether you want your appetizer to be hot or cold

This depends on how warm or cool the weather might be at the time of year when you’re planning on serving this meal.

But in fact, it mostly relies on personal preference.

6 appetizers to serve with pulled pork entree

Here we have the six ideas to make the best appetizers for your pulled pork entree:

Potato salad

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Potato salad is a classic accompaniment to pulled pork, but it’s not easy to get right.

The main issue is that potatoes are bland, and potato salad has to be more than just potatoes—it needs other ingredients for flavor.

The best approach is to use the same ratio of potato-to-vegetable that you’d use in any other kind of potato dish:

You will want to use celery, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and onions for an extra layer of flavor.

Carrots and hummus

Fresh Brand – Whole Carrots, 16 oz

Carrots and hummus are a match made in heaven, as the sweetness of carrots pairs deliciously with smooth hummus.

If you’re looking to add some healthy fats to your meal, look no further than hummus!

It contains a variety of essential proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and can be used as a vegan substitute for cheese or other creamy dips.

You can easily make hummus at home or buy it at the store to bring the culinary spirit of the Middle East to your kitchen.

Pretzels and cheese

Happy Belly Pretzels, Mini Twist, 16oz

Another appetizer you should consider serving with pulled pork is pretzels and cheese.

While this may not be a very creative selection, it’s a tried-and-true favorite that never fails to please.

The spicy flavor of the meat complements the saltiness of the pretzels, making for an exciting combination of flavors.

It also pairs well with any type of cheese like cheddar, provolone, or even some extra sharp cheddar for those who like things extra sharp!

Pretzels and cheese are easy to prepare too: all you need are some uncooked mini pretzel rods (you can find them at any grocery store) and your favorite kind(s) of shredded cheese.

Simply assemble these two ingredients into bite-sized snacks by topping each rod with a small amount of shredded cheddar or provolone then baking them until they become golden brown and crisp on top, which will take about 10 minutes.

Dill pickles and crackers

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If you’re serving pulled pork as an entree and want to offer your guests an appetizer, try dill pickles and crackers.

This is a great choice for those who are looking for something light but flavorful.

The sourness of the pickles will complement the rich flavor of the pork, while the crackers will add a nice crunch to each bite.

Chips, salsa, and guacamole

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Chips, salsa, and guacamole are three traditional Mexican dishes that create a great appetizer for pulled pork entrees.

Salsa is a tomato-based dip that is typically made with chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice.

Guacamole is an avocado dip that can be enjoyed on its own or as an accompaniment to tacos or nachos.

Both of these dips are excellent starters for your pulled pork meal because they’re both easy to make in large batches at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

When you’re serving chips and salsa or guacamole as part of an appetizer spread for your party guests before dinner, it’s important to keep everything chilled until just before serving time so as not to warm up the food too much while guests wait in anticipation!

Tomatoes, onions, and mozzarella

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One more good choice for this situation is mozzarella cheese, as it is mild and won’t overpower the pulled pork.

You could also try tomato slices and onion slices with mozzarella cheese.

They are a good choice when serving food on a buffet or at an outdoor party as they are quick and easy to prepare, healthy, and packed with flavor.


You can choose from a wide variety of options above, depending on your taste and the texture you’re looking for in a meal.

But we believe that all those aforementioned appetizers can make your pulled pork taste much better.