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Leftovers, Reinvented

By Lance Trebesch July 9, 2013

How to Utilize Your Barbecue Leftovers throughout the Week

The Fourth of July has come and gone, and if you’re like a lot of American patriots, you probably still have a lot of reminders of the holiday in the form of food. Many folks have tons of barbecue and side dishes left over after the Fourth, and  if you have no idea what to do with your leftovers except throw them away, you’re not alone. However, you won’t have to do that this year.

A lot of people don’t think about this, but there are more ways to eat leftover ribs, pork, and brisket than on the bone and on sandwiches. Here are some ideas on how to reinvent your barbecue leftovers. Some of these ways you probably never thought of before, but after you try them, you’ll wish you had tried them sooner.

Barbecued chicken and pork are meats that are synonymous with barbecued sandwiches. But if you’re tired of sandwiches, you can also create smoky pasta salads with barbecued chicken and pork. Delish also suggests for you to create pork or chicken wraps or soup, such as chicken tortilla soup, chicken noodle soup, or chowder. You can also save the bones from your meat to create stocks for future dishes.

Familyspice.com suggests using pulled pork in your macaroni and cheese as well as using leftover pork in egg rolls, dumplings, enchiladas, chili, nachos, baked potatoes, salads, crepes, quiches, and more.

If all you have are ribs, don’t think you can’t create some of these dishes. All you need to do is take the rib meat off the bones and incorporate the meat into your favorite dinner idea.

Perhaps your dilemma isn’t specifically reinventing your leftovers. Perhaps your biggest problem is just how to take care of leftovers in general.  About.com has a great resource that helps you learn how to care for your barbecue leftovers. They suggest tightly wrapping your brisket or pork and storing it in the refrigerator to keep for a few days. They also suggest to wrapping your meats in foil, sealing it in a Ziploc bag, and freezing it to keep them for months. Reheating your leftovers includes warming them in the oven low and slow.

With these suggestions, your Fourth of July food won’t have to go to waste! You’ll be able to create awesome dishes with your leftovers that you and your family will love.