BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions

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Indulge in this Ultimate BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese. This delectable treat takes the classic grilled cheese to a whole new level, combining the richness of pulled pork, the sweetness of caramelized onions, and the gooey goodness of sharp cheddar. Let’s dive into the irresistible world of flavors!

A grilled sandwich with pulled pork and onions on a plate.

BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

Prepare your taste buds for a rollercoaster of flavors! The creamy sharp cheddar melts into a luscious pool, complemented by the savory notes of warm barbecued pulled pork. The sweetness of caramelized onions adds a delightful contrast, creating a harmonious blend that dances on your palate. Each bite is a journey through the layers of richness, leaving you craving more.

A stack of pulled pork grilled cheese on a plate.


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  • red onions
  • butter
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • thick sliced bread
  • butter
  • bbq sauce
  • bbq seasoning
  • barbecued pulled pork
  • caramelized onions
  • sharp cheddar cheese

How to caramelize onions

Peel and cut two large onions in half. Thinly slice and cook in 2-3 tablespoons butter (about 40 minutes) on low until soft and lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper. They will be sweet, soft and go wonderfully with this sandwich!

Pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich on a plate.

BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Cooking Tips

  1. Buttery Bliss: Ensure your skillet is generously coated with butter for that perfect golden-brown crunch on the outside.
  2. Layering Magic: Assemble your sandwich with precision – bread, sharp cheddar, warm pulled pork, caramelized onions, and another layer of sharp cheddar before sealing the deal with the second slice of bread.
  3. Low and Slow: When caramelizing onions, patience is key. Cook them low and slow to achieve that sweet, golden perfection.
  4. Pressing Matters: Press the sandwich gently while grilling to achieve the ideal melt without squishing out the goodness.
A grilled sandwich with meat and onions on a plate.

BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese FAQ

Q: Can I use any bread? A: Absolutely! Choose your favorite bread – rustic, sourdough, or whole grain – to personalize your grilled cheese experience.

Q: How do I prevent the sandwich from getting soggy? A: Apply a thin layer of butter on the outer sides of the bread slices before grilling. This creates a barrier that keeps the bread crisp while the fillings stay moist.

Q: Can I make this vegetarian? A: Certainly! Substitute pulled pork with your favorite meatless alternative, or add extra caramelized onions for a burst of flavor.

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In conclusion


BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese is a game-changer in the world of comfort food. Elevate your grilled cheese game with this irresistible combination of flavors. Whether you’re a cooking novice or a seasoned chef, this recipe is a surefire way to impress your taste buds and leave you yearning for more. Prepare to savor the perfect harmony of cheesy, savory, and sweet – it’s a culinary adventure worth taking!

A grilled sandwich with on a plate.
A grilled sandwich with pulled pork and onions on a plate.

Grilled Cheese with BBQ Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onions

BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese is a game-changer in the world of comfort food. Elevate your grilled cheese game with this irresistible combination of flavors.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 2 medium red onions sliced, or white or sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
  • teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red wine or red wine vinegar
  • 4 slices bread any thick sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter or mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup bbq sauce your favorite
  • 1 and ½ cup barbecued pulled pork if cold warm in microwave or skillet
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese or your favorite melty cheese
  • ½ tablespoon bbq seasoning optional
  • 2 tablespoons jalapenos diced, optional


Caramelize the onions

  • Slice the onions and remove the root. In a medium skillet, add 2 tablespoons oil (or butter). Heat over medium-low heat until melted and sizzling.
  • Add the onions and cook, stirring every few minutes to prevent them from sticking and cooking too much on one side. Cook until blonde-colored, usually about 15–20 minutes. (Reduce the heat if needed to keep from cooking too fast.) If the onions begin to stick, add the wine and deglaze the pan. For this sandwich, you can cook them as soft as you want or leave them a bit firm.
  • Remove them to a plate until your ready to assemble your sandwich.

For the Grilled Cheese

  • While butter is melting add one slice cheese onto one piece of bread. Top with pulled pork, onions and other slice of cheese.
  • Add to pan of melted butter and cover the pan for 5 minutes to help melt the top layer of cheese. Take off the lid, top with other slice of bread and let cook until the bottom slice of bread is toasty and brown.
  • Before flipping add in another tablespoon of butter (if needed) and let it melt. Once melted gently flip the sandwich and cook until brown on the other side.
  • Cut in half and enjoy!


Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1181mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 3mg
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