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Thursday, December 30

Smoked Pulled Pork from Costco

In the spirit of holiday vacation laziness, today I’m going to share a recipe shortcut I discovered this week, thanks to my friend Natalee.

We were talking about how I had a hankering for pulled pork, hence its appearance on my menu. She said, “Have you tried the already cooked pulled pork from Costco that you add your own sauce to?” (She definitely used better grammar than that.) I said, “No.” She said, “You have to!” So I followed directions and picked it up at Costco the very next day.

I rarely purchase prepared dinner food. This isn’t even that prepared, mind you. I believe the only ingredients are pork, water, and seasonings. ANYWAY…I cooked it per the package instructions and used the sauce from my favorite BBQ Pulled Pork recipe. Gotta say, Natalee was right. The meat is mighty fine with a just-right-smoky, savory flavor that balances very nicely with my semi-sweet, just-right-spicy sauce. Oh, and it was super tender and juicy and costs about the same as buying the pork uncooked.

Quick note on the sauce – I followed the ingredients from this recipe, but sauteed the onions in a large pot until they were soft, then added all the other ingredients and simmered with the meat for about 15 minutes, to let the flavors mingle. Worked like a charm.

We’re planning on some fun family time over the next few days, so I’ll see you Sunday with your first menu for 2011! Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and Day!


  1. So good to know that pulled pork is a find! I’ll look for it next time I go to Costco:-)

  2. 2

    Yum! I just got a Costco membership, so I will look for this. Easy dinners are always a plus when I am short on time. I bet you it would be great on some slow-cooked baked potatoes.

    • Jane Maynard

      you are going to love your costco membership! I get milk, bread and eggs there every other week…and great for produce, too! well, and a billion other things… πŸ˜‰

  3. We love this! The flavor is a little intense on its own for my little ones, but they love it in burritos! I throw it in the crock pot with beans, frozen brown rice, and salsa. Then wrap it in a warm flour tortilla with avocado & cheese…YUMMMM and easy πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      ooo! I didn’t even think about using it for other things besides bbq sandwiches – which i guess I should have given the pictures on the package! πŸ˜‰ anyway, love those ideas – thank you!!

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    Debbie Ward

    Funny you should bring up pulled pork. Greg and I were just talking about making some sliders with it. I’ll check this out – especially, if it’s not packed with a huge amount of preservatives. Thanks for sharing Jane…Happy New Year!

  5. I was planning on making pulled pork cheese fries with sweet potato waffle fries this weekend for the Patriots game. I am definitely buying this instead of doing my own pulled pork!

  6. I’ll have to check it out! Pulled pork is always a go-to meal in our household. If it is a cheap as the fresh pork, that is great!

  7. wow, good to know about this option when time is short – no need to to crockpot it all day – yum!

  8. This is a staple in our house! We take it camping, use it for sliders, salad, chili, tacos, you name it! Our house is practically sponsored by Kirkland Signature. πŸ™‚

  9. 9

    We had Costco pulled pork sandwiches at a group party. They tasted just like the ones my husband had loved in the South. The hostess reluctently admitted she had gotten the meat prepared at Costco, but never told us the sauce didn’t come with it. What do folks suggest? I really want to do this for my next party. Which will be right away. Please comment soon.

  10. 10

    not impressed – more like pulled ham and smells like corned beef – would not buy again – ended up giving to dogs.
    mine is better – i want refund

    • Tracey

      I have to agree with “savio”. Made this last night and the texture is very string and tough like ham and reminded me of corned beef. Only ate a small portion of it with BBQ sauce in a flour wrap. I can’t stomach to throw all the rest away so I’m looking for anybody’s thoughts on another use other than sandwiches or wraps.

    • Jane Maynard

      sorry it wasn’t very good for you. don’t know if it was bad batches or what – mine was so tender! oh well…

      ummmm….maybe marinate and chop for fajitas? or chop it up a bit and then make it into barbecue pork for sandwiches?

    • Bob

      4 years later and savio is still right. Tastes like pulled ham. Greasy and not at all what I was looking for in a pulled pork. My crockpot version is better.

  11. 11

    It was not as tender or juicy as home made but the worst part was the fake and overpowering smoke flavoring clearly added. Won’t be buying this again.

    • Jane Maynard

      sorry you didn’t like it! I used it in the sauce and thought it tasted great, so sorry you had a bad experience!

  12. 12

    We love this pork and use it for BBQ sandwiches and quesadillas. After I open the package, I put all the pork in a strainer and run very hot water over it. It takes out a lot of the salt, smoke flavor and fat that is in the pork. Then I just warm it up in a pan as it is already cooked. I chop it a little finer and use as the meat in quesadillas with onions, peppers, sweet corn and pine nuts and grated Mexican cheese. It’s da bomb. So much easier than doing my own pork in the pressure cooker. Also great with Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce on buns.

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    Aunt Sue

    Wow, Jane! I googled smoked pulled pork from Costco and your blog came up as the top search item.

  14. 14

    hey I love this stuff…just wondering since its already cooked you can just open it up for cold sub sandwiches as I wanting to do for work…awesome site and ideas on here


    • Jane Maynard

      hi dean! first off, thanks for the kind words!

      I actually don’t know for sure, I’m sure it says on the package, though…but I’m with you, it is fully cooked, so it seems like it should work! sorry i’m not being more helpful!!

  15. 15

    My husband & I have 2 profession grade smokers. My husband smokes/BBQ great variety of meats with each having it own special wood to smoke in. HOWEVER we have decided that we can not do any better than Kirkland Brand-Costco’s Smoked Pulled Pork. Its the best. We travel all over to find great BBQ and smoked meats. From Texas to Kansas even California. This Kirkland Smoked Pulled Pork is a big WOW – Super – Good!

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    King Diamond

    Bought this today”¦not because of your recommendation, just because it looked good.

    But I have to agree with the “pulled ham” comment.

    I was thinking the exact same thing when I tasted it. The meat has that hammy look, taste and texture.

    Had it with BBQ sauce (on a tortilla), but it didn’t help much. May have to find some interesting way to eat it next time. Could always cook some beans with “ham” or something.

    Wouldn’t buy again.

  17. 17

    Has anyone used a slow cooker to heat it up? If so, what temp and how long? Thanks!

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    Lenora and hubbie: If you think this is good you haven’t been to Memphis and eaten any of the bbq there – Corky’s, Tops, Rendevous, etc. Any of these is better flavor and less salt.
    We’ve been buying Costco shoulders and smoking them ourselves – yep, its a lot of time (10-12 hours) and wood chips (hickory, alder, cherry or other), but the result is as good as Memphis, in my opinion. Stickin’ with my southern roots.

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    K Nick

    I am sorry to say my husband and I are not fans of this product. It tasted like shredded ham, so with our favorite BBQ sauce was really quite funky.
    I’ve split the remains in two portions and it’s in the freezer. We thought we might try it in a breakfast or potato casserole to use it up, but it will not be in my shopping cart again.

    I’m thinking the preferred style of pulled pork must be regional…we have never had any that tastes like ham before. Though I’m a Michiganian, I’m with ebskye above. Corky’s of Memphis is tops in my book!

    • K Nick

      Just as a follow-up….the meat that was put in the freezer eventually ended up in the trash. I could just not see jeopardizing another meal by using the ham-tasting product.

      BUT, we all have our own preferences. Fortunately for me, there are very few Costco products that we’ve tried that I’d say never again. πŸ˜‰ Just not the pulled pork for us.

    • thanks for your comment! I do appreciate it! πŸ™‚

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    Carol K

    This does indeed taste like pulled ham, here in Strongsville, OH store.

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    linda schriner

    Just bought 3 packages of Kirkland pulled pork for a party I was

    I was highly upset, when a few hours before the party, realized the
    pulled pork was in large hunks, as if you had bought chopped pork.
    Needless to say, we had to stop what we were doing and pull it apart
    to make it usable on sandwiches.
    It did taste very good…but lots of extra work involved, so not sure I would buy it again..

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    I tried this product for the first time tonight and I’m extremely disappointed. This is one of the only websites I could find that would allow a review. First of all, it looks absolutely disgusting in the plastic before cooking. Second of all, the “smoke” flavor was so off putting that even a whole jar of bbq sauce and liberal amounts of Sriracha could not combat it. I ate two spoonfuls and I couldn’t put any more in my mouth. I will not be buying this again.

  23. Trying to find good plled pork cooked on a wholesale level.Costc stopped selling that one. thanks George 289-242-4131

  24. 24

    This is the best product that Costco sells. Not sure if it has changed over the years since some of the negative posts, but it is exceptional. The pink color comes from the smoking. It is not ham. The flavor is natural and there is no chemical smoke taste. My preference is the meat by itself with no sauce. It is that good.

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    We get this often and LOVE it in enchiladas. The smoky flavor makes them extra special. We also add teriyaki sauce and serve over rice with stir fry veggies. Easy and quick, but still homemade.

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    question! do you leave the water boiling with the pouch is in or turn it off.

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    K Nick

    There seems to be a gap in the comments and I’m wondering if the product has changed.
    Can someone tell me if the Costco pulled pork is the same as it was a year ago with a ham flavor to it?

  28. 28

    I’ve lived in Alabama all of my life. Once can imagine all the BBQ I’ve consumed. I think some folks don’t understand what pulled smoked BBQ is. This product is awesome.

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    Greasy, salty with a distinct ham like flavor. The picture on the package doesn’t resemble the product. It was visually unappealing. Guests commented it was awful. Disappointed as Costco items are usually great.

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    I have to disagree with so many here. The flavor was wonderful and this was the best pulled pork product I have ever eaten from a store. The pink is the smoke ring and it does not taste like ham…the smoke flavor is amazing and I am a BBQ connoisseur (in my head)! yes, I will agree it looks pretty ugly in the package…but once you fluff it out it gets better. What i do is transfer it to a crock pot after initial heating, then I mix in BBQ sauce and my own homemade spices that would normally be a rub. I cook on low for about 4 hours and it is to die for. My friends cannot believe how great it taste and I get compliments from everyone. I LOVE THIS STUFF and it is cheap to buy!!!!!!

    • Lindsay

      Thank you. Having a party this weekend and wanted to know how to transfer it to a crock pot after cooking it according to th package. What BBQ sauce did you use?

    • Lindsay! I was traveling when you sent this comment. did everything go well with your party?

      also, I like to use a BBQ sauce with a bit of sweetness, but you can really just use whatever you like!

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