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Pulled Pork BBQ Spaghetti

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Barbecue spaghetti is a delicacy that’s most commonly found in the BBQ Capital of America: Memphis, Tennessee, and it’s made just the way it sounds. You start with a tomato-based sauce that’s jazzed up with your favorite barbecue sauce, then add traditional barbecue spices and smoked meat. The co-creator of the recipe, Marrekus Wilkes of Cooks with Soul, uses his own smoked pork butt, but the recipe is adaptable. Many grocery stores carry pre-cooked pulled pork that you can use, and some sell their own smoked pork. Or you can substitute rotisserie chicken. If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing the barbecue in Memphis, then this recipe is one you should definitely keep in your repertoire. Likewise, if you know and love Memphis fare, particularly barbecue spaghetti, then this dish will make you feel right at home. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Marrekus and Krysten Wilkes of Cooks with Soul.


  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium white onion (finely diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (small, finely diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (small, finely diced)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (small, finely diced)
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 14 oz. tomato sauce (canned)
  • 14 oz. petite cut diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (Memphis-style or your favorite)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp. sugar (optional)
  • 2 lb. pork (cooked pulled pork butt, preferably smoked; or use rotisserie chicken)
  • 16 oz. spaghetti
  • freshly grated Parmesan (for serving)
  • chopped parsley (for serving)
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    1. Heat vegetable oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion and bell peppers until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add minced garlic and continue to sauté 1-2 minutes more.
    2. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and barbecue sauce, and stir to combine. Mix in chili powder, oregano, dry mustard, and basil. Add salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes and sugar if you like.
    3. Reduce heat to low and add pulled pork. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
    4. Divide pasta among wide bowls. Ladle the spaghetti sauce over it, top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and serve.
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    Calories570Calories from Fat150
    Total Fat17g26%
    Saturated Fat4.5g23%
    Trans Fat0g
    Calories from Fat150
    Total Carbohydrate69g23%
    Dietary Fiber5g20%
    Vitamin A35%
    Vitamin C120%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    99 4 months ago
    this recipe is delicious
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    Marsha G. 10 months ago
    Made a lot. Very good. I needed to adjust the spice level to 1/4 t black pepper and 1/4 t crushed red pepper. Used an entire teaspoon of chili powder, which made it a little too spicy, so next time, I will use 1/2 t chili powder. I omitted the sugar. I used dried parsley and put it in with all the other dried herbs and spices. I used whole-wheat spaghetti.
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    Clint Hicks 2 years ago
    This was awesome. i used a spicy BBQ sauce and it gave it a nice kick. A BBQ with a sweeter profile would most likely be excellent to, but i would leave out the sugar in that case.
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    Palmateer 2 years ago
    This is a HUGE hit at our house. Absolutely delicious! I've made it twice with rotisserie chicken, and once with pulled pork. I substitute a cashew-based butter and omit the Parmesan. I also use honey instead of sugar. If it were quicker to make, it would be in the weekly rotation for sure!
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    this recipe is amazing!