How long is pulled pork good in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long is pulled pork good in the fridge?”, and how to reheat pulled pork?

How long is pulled pork good in the fridge?

Pulled pork will be good for about 3-4 days in the fridge if stored correctly. Moreover, the refrigeration temperature should be steady. Exposing the meat to temperature fluctuation will increase the risk of spoilage. After 3-4 days, there are high risks of spoilage in the pulled pork. Read on if you want to know how to safely store your leftover pulled prk.

How to store pulled pork safely?

You must be considering storing your pulled pork because only a single cut gives you a lot of meat and you definitely want to keep it for later. They say pulled pork tastes better as it ages. This is because the seasonings and sauce penetrate into the meat making it tender, juicy, and full of flavor. 

In the fridge

Pulled pork whether it is drenched in BBQ sauce, rolled in a tortilla or combined with salsa, can be stored in the fridge for later use. Use plastic bags or air-tight containers for storage. Squeeze out all the air if you are using plastic bags. Prefer using vacuum seal bags.

Use good quality thick plastic bags. If you do not have these, wrap the regular plastic bags with aluminum foil or freezer paper.

In the freezer

Pork shoulder, pork loin, and ground pork will keep fresh for about 6-8 months in the freezer if stored correctly. Use freezer bags or air-tight containers for storage. Remove the air from the freezer bag before storage and do not forget to label.

Before freezing, spread the pulled pork evenly in the bag so that it forms a flat meat layer once it’s frozen which is easy to handle ac compared to a ball of frozen meat.

How to reheat pulled pork?

Reheating pulled pork often results in dried meat. There are different ways you can preserve the juiciness and freshness of pulled pork.

Reheating in boiling water

This is the simplest and a very reliable method of reheating pulled pork. It is quick and ensures that the moisture is locked inside the meat and the pulled pork is as fresh as it came from the kitchen. Follow the instruction below:

  1. Thaw the pulled pork in the refrigerator overnight. Keep it in cold water for faster defrosting and to fully thaw it before reheating.
  2. In a pot, add enough water that can submerge the storage vacuum-sealed bag of pulled pork. Bring it to a rolling boil.
  3. Keep the vacuum-sealed pulled pork in the boiling water for about 5 minutes and you are done. 

Reheating in the oven

  1. Shred the pork in an oven-safe dish. Add a splash of apple juice, cider vinegar, broth, or a thick BBQ sauce. Cover it with a sheet of thick aluminum foil.
  2. Place the dish on a baking tray and slide it in the oven preheated at 225℉.
  3. Bake until the internal temperature of the meats reads as 165℉. Broil at the end to make the surface crispy. 

Reheating in the crockpot

  1. Defrost the pulled pork.
  2. Set the crockpot to a warm setting and place the pork inside it along with a splash of any liquid.
  3. Cook until the integral temperature of the meat is 165℉ and you are done.

Reheating by sous-vide method

This method is a lifesaver if you do not have 24 hours to thaw your pulled pork. But the meat must be stored in vacuum-sealed bags to undergo this method. The literal translation of sous vide is “under the vacuum”.

  1. Let the water come to 165℉ in your sous vide machine or pot.
  2. Place the vacuumed-sealed bag inside the water for 45 minutes per inch of the thickness of the contents. Keep for extra 30 minutes if the contents are frozen.

Reheating in the microwave

Reheating in the microwave is not preferred because it might dry out the pork while heating it unevenly. But it is quick, follow the instructions below to reheat in the microwave.

To prevent the leeching of bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates from the storage bags in the microwave, transfer the pulled pork to a microwave-safe dish.

  1. Cover the dish and microwave at low-medium heat. 
  2. Check to see after each minute if the meat has reached an internal safe temperature of 165℉ and stir to ensure even heating.
  3. If the meat is drying, add some sauce or liquid.

Conclusion

In this article, we will answer the question “How long is pulled pork good in the fridge?”, and how to reheat pulled pork?

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Sana Ameer

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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