There’s nothing quite like combining your love for BBQ with a delicious breakfast. Imagine a breakfast bowl filled with scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, sautéed onions, and flavorful potatoes, all coming together with succulent BBQ pulled pork. This customizable recipe takes advantage of leftover pulled pork, allowing you to create a breakfast that’s both satisfying and oh-so-tasty.
Many years ago, a vibrant restaurant called Acme Feed & Seed opened its doors on Broadway in downtown Nashville. With a plethora of tempting options on the brunch menu, deciding what to order was no easy task. The tantalizing aroma of banana pancakes competed with the allure of shrimp and grits, while the mouthwatering scent of brisket challenged the fiery heat of hot chicken.
When the waitress came to take my order, I surprised myself by deviating from my shortlist and requesting an eggs and pulled pork breakfast bowl. As I anxiously awaited my food, a tinge of regret creeped in, with tempting plates of chicken and waffles parading past my table. However, when the food arrived, all doubts were dispelled.
To my delight, it became evident that BBQ pulled pork and eggs were a match made in breakfast heaven.
Discovering the Perfect Blend
The beauty of this BBQ pulled pork breakfast bowl lies in its versatility. You can get creative and use up leftover roasted veggies, various types of cheese, and your favorite sauces to create a unique combination of flavors.
The foundation of this recipe starts with eggs, which can be scrambled, cooked over easy, or prepared to your liking. On top of the eggs, you’ll add cheese, sautéed onions, breakfast potatoes, pulled pork, and of course, a drizzle of tangy BBQ sauce.
As you may have already deduced, this breakfast recipe is far from a quick grab-and-go option. In fact, it requires some advance planning, making it an ideal choice for utilizing leftover cooked pulled pork. After all, eating four pulled pork sandwiches in a row can become monotonous.
Preparing the Feast
Let’s start with the first step: cooking the pork. My favorite method involves using a slow cooker. Although it takes time, the result is perfectly seasoned and tender meat that’s ready to be incorporated into various recipes.
Pulled pork is fantastic in sandwiches, but have you ever considered using it to make BBQ pulled pork nachos or, better yet, a delightful breakfast bowl?
On the morning of your scrumptious breakfast, begin by sautéing the onion slices until they’re soft and tender. While the onions cook, you can roast the potatoes and cook the bacon—unless you already have leftover roasted potatoes or bacon in the fridge. In fact, this dish pairs exceptionally well with spiced oven-roasted sweet potatoes.
Once the onions, potatoes, and bacon are ready, it’s time to heat up the pulled pork and prepare the eggs. Transfer the sautéed onions to a separate plate and use the same skillet to cook the eggs. Just as the eggs are almost done scrambling, add the onions back into the pan along with the cheese, mixing everything together.
Speaking of cheese, feel free to use your favorite kind or whatever you have on hand. White cheddar, smoked gouda, or colby jack all work wonderfully.
A Weekend Delight
It’s important to note that this meal isn’t designed for rushed mornings or pre-work gatherings. The caramelized onions, crispy bacon, sautéed potatoes, and scrambled (or fried) eggs require time and attention. Besides, even if you miraculously manage to prepare this breakfast before leaving for work, you’ll return home to a mountain of dirty dishes waiting to be cleaned—an unwelcome sight after a long day.
This brunch creation is reserved for lazy weekends when you can savor each bite without rushing. The weekend vibe and the delectable flavors of BBQ pulled pork for breakfast make this dish truly special. Now, is it Friday yet?
Enjoy the Creative Freedom
While this recipe offers a perfect blueprint for your BBQ pulled pork breakfast bowl, it’s important to remember that you have the freedom to experiment. Feel free to incorporate any leftover roasted vegetables you have, try different egg preparations, or even add your own personal touch. This recipe provides plenty of room for creativity and customization.
Please note that the pictures in this post were updated in March 2020, while the recipe itself remains unchanged from its original publication in January 2015. The only addition this time around is the inclusion of cheese—my personal preference. 😉
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