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How To Set Up A Pulled Pork Nachos Bar

Do you love casual entertaining ideas? Today I’m sharing a recipe for Pulled Pork Nachos Bar that is so easy, and your guest will love it. All ingredients are easy to prepare ahead of time for simple entertaining.

This is a build-your-own nachos bar, and guests can choose their favorite toppings, so they are always happy.

Set up a nacho bar for guests to serve themselves.

Why Host A Dinner Party?

Last weekend we hosted our second Pulled Pork Nachos Bar Party, which was just as successful as the first one.

First, it’s a great fall outdoor entertaining idea, and all the work is done ahead of time; therefore, you can enjoy your guests and the food.

We love to entertain, but even if you don’t, this simple party is so easy to pull off that you should try it.

Entertaining isn’t so much about the food or the table setting as it is about making memories with family and friends.

However, I love decorating and setting the table, so the outdoor kitchen was decorated for fall. It was the perfect spot to host the pulled pork nachos party.

You can see the simple table-setting ideas if you missed them earlier. However, paper plates and buffet-style dining would be just as acceptable for a no-stress dinner party.

Table Setting for Pulled Pork Nachos Dinner Party at outdoor kitchen in the country.
Outdoor Kitchen Decorated for Fall with Rustic Corn Husk Wreath

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How To Set Up A Pulled Pork Nachos Bar

First, you should determine the topping and all ingredients you want to serve on the nachos bar.

Then add place cards to identify each item on the bar.

I found these cute little metal pigs to hold the place cards; however, the vintage flower frog and fun mouse also worked.

Add the place cards and all the toppings to a bar area or table so that your guests can fill their plates with the toppings of their choice.

Place card held by mini pigs for nacho party.
Cast Iron Pigs are cute holding the place cards

Brad’s Best Recipe for Pulled Pork

Brad always prepares the recipe for pulled pork a few days ahead of time in a large dutch oven.

His theory is the longer it sits, the better it is. If it’s more than a couple of days, he freezes the pork and thaws it out just in time for the party.

Keep the pork hot until ready to serve. We serve the pork from the crock pot for small gatherings like this. For larger groups, we use heated serving trays.

Brad’s full recipe is at the end of the post.

Note: You can order your pork from a local B-B-Que Restaurant to serve with your nachos if you prefer.

What To Serve On The Nachos Bar?

There are several choices of toppings to complete your recipe for pulled pork nachos bar. However, the main ingredients are pulled pork and tortilla chips.

Tortilla Chips and Pulled Pork on blue plate for nacho party

Here is a list of suggested items to include in your pulled pork nachos bar.

  • Brad’s Best Pulled Pork Recipe for Dutch Oven
  • Tortilla Chips
  • 2 choices of Barbecue Sauce – Sweet Baby Rays and Georges were our choices
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Pica de gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream
  • 2 choices of shredded cheese – Colby Jack and Sharp Cheddar were our choices
  • Jalapeno Peppers
Barbecue Sauces for topping the pulled pork nachos.

These are some optional items that would also be great on the bar.

  • Salsa
  • Black Bean
  • Mexican Corn
  • Red Onions
  • Additional Barbecue Sauce options
  • Brioche Buns for sliders

Let The Party Begin

Once dinner is served, allow your guest to choose a plate and fill it with all the yummy toppings.

Place the chips and hot pulled pork at the beginning of the buffet-style table.

Next, add the barbecue sauces to be applied directly to the pulled pork.

Mix the other toppings along the table and add the cheese options last.

Topping for pulled pork nachos recipe and serving suggestions.

What To Serve As A Side Dish?

Do you need a side dish with all these toppings? Well, that is debatable. However, I did serve my Easy Homemade Slaw Recipe with the nachos.

It is quick and easy to make and can be made a couple of days before the party. So win, win!

recipe for pulled pork nachos bar for outdoor entertaining.

The fall party was a success, and everyone enjoyed the casual atmosphere.

The evening ended with everyone gathering around the fire pit, and for dessert, a few marshmallows were roasted over the open flame.

Recipe for Pulled Pork Nachos Bar great for fall parties
Yield: 10 people

Best Pulled Pork Recipe in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Best Pulled Pork Recipe in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Great Cast Iron Dutch Oven Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 - 8 lb Boston Butt Pork Roast
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tbsp. Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. Mustard
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Lime Juice or Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup Favorite Rub, Amount may vary, you want it well coated


  1. Trim excess fat from the bottom of the pork butt - Don't remove all fat
  2. Sprinkle Rub liberally over both sides of the pork butt and press into the pork
  3. Sear both sides of the butt for approx. 4 minutes on each side until crispy on searing burner
  4. Place all remaining ingredients in Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  5. Stir until well mixed
  6. Add pork butt with the fat side down into the liquid. Broth should not cover the pork.
  7. Cover with lid
  8. Bake at 300° for approx. 8 hours - Check every few hours to be sure there is still broth in the pot. If more liquid is needed, add water or additional beef broth.
  9. Remove from oven & from dutch oven to shred.
  10. Use shredding claws to create pulled pork.


A pork shoulder can be substituted for the Boston Butt.

You are steaming the pork, not boiling it so don't cover the entire butt in broth.  

Be sure to keep a check on the broth and add more liquid if necessary.  

When shredding the pork it's best to doing it while still hot or at least warm because it will just fall apart at this point.  

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/3 lb.

Amount Per Serving Calories 353 CaloriesTotal Fat 26.93 gramsgSaturated Fat 9.341 gramsgTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 106 mgmgSodium 97mgmgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 25.72g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate.

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I hope you are encouraged to host a fall gathering with friends. Remember, it’s not so much the food or the table setting as it is about gathering friends and family to make lasting memories.

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Monday 17th of October 2022

This looks like so much fun, Rachel! My Mom was just saying how she feels like she misses everything because she's still in the kitchen when we all arrive so this would be the perfect solution for her. Plus, everyone could make their own plate too which would save so much time. Hugs, CoCo


Tuesday 18th of October 2022

CoCo, I'm glad you found this helpful. Thanks so much for sharing.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Saturday 15th of October 2022

Rachel, this sounds so delicious. I am having a Halloween dinner party and this may be just the menu I need. I really want something to prepare ahead of time, that is delicious, and that would be easy to assemble. Thanks for sharing. Sounds super yummy.


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Mary, You will love how easy this is. Hope it works great for you.


Saturday 15th of October 2022

Looks delicious, and such a fun fall gathering!!


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Debra, Thanks for stopping by!

Jan Hebert

Friday 14th of October 2022

Rachel, this sounds very do-able and your table is beautiful! I pinned and printed Brad's recipe for the pulled pork, yum! Jan in MA


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Jan, I'm so glad you like it.


Friday 14th of October 2022

I'm wondering what a 1 gram serving size looks like for 987 calories? Can you supply equivalents? Thanks!


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Sandi, So Sorry, the recipe card did an automatic calculation and it wasn't correct. I have updated the card with the correct information. Thanks for drawing this to my attention.

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