Home > Dinner > BBQ Pasta Salad BBQ Pasta Salad July 22, 2020 | 6 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This BBQ Pasta Salad is sure to be unforgettable at your next potluck or summer party! This delectable salad is loaded with BBQ pulled pork, sharp Cheddar cheese, crisp corn, and other fresh veggies. Drizzle a BBQ-spiked creamy dressing on and this salad is ready to devour. BBQ Pasta Salad Who else eats pasta salads like crazy during the summer? They are always one of our go-to choices during the summer, since the whole family loves them, the oven doesn’t need to be turned on, and they come together so quickly. This Mediterranean Pasta Salad, Taco Pasta Salad, and Asian Pasta Salad have been on frequent rotation this summer. They’re all quite different from each other and total crowd pleasers; my boys practically lick their plates clean — that is, as long as I leave out any olives, ha! This pulled pork BBQ Pasta Salad is another unique pasta salad, and equally as crowd-pleasing and quick to assemble. When you read pulled pork and quick in the same sentence you may be questioning that, because we all know pulled pork takes a good part of the day on a smoker (or in the slow cooker) to be ready. So for this salad, we use a convenient store shortcut — pre-cooked, seasoned, and sauced pulled pork. It works so well in this salad. Let’s talk pulled pork Store-bought pulled pork has made its appearance a couple of times on this site since it is so convenient when you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table. BBQ Pasta Salad uses about half of a standard pulled pork container, so you can use the rest of it in one of our other favorite pork recipes — like this BBQ Pork Pizza. You could even throw the entire container in the salad if you’d like a more meat-centric dish. I recommend using your favorite store-bought pulled pork — one you’ve tried and know you love. If you don’t know where to start, my personal favorite (readily available) pulled pork is Jack Daniel’s Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce®. Another great alternative is using leftover pulled pork. If you’ve made your own pork, it will work perfectly in this salad. Simply toss it in some BBQ sauce (to taste) before adding it to the pasta. The pulled pork in these Pork Taquitos is a personal favorite pork recipe. BBQ Pasta Salad dressing ingredients Mayo. A good mayo can make all the difference in the dressing and the salad as a whole. We love Hellman’s/Best Foods® in this dressing. BBQ sauce. Any BBQ sauce you enjoy is one you’ll likely enjoy in this dressing. My personal favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ® (original) sauce or Stubb’s Original BBQ® sauce. Apple cider vinegar. This helps balance the sweetness from the mayo and BBQ sauce. Hot sauce. Here’s another ingredient to help balance the sweetness. I don’t find the sauce makes it spicy, but rather works to balance flavors. Add slowly or leave it out if you are concerned about heat. Seasonings. Chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and a little salt and pepper add depth of flavor and a tiny kick to the dressing. Again, add spices slowly if you are worried about the heat. Great side dishes for pasta salad If this BBQ Pasta Salad is your main dish, these sides would complement it nicely: Grilled corn or Elote This fruit salad recipe A garden side salad (like this Olive Garden Salad) A sweet “fluff” salad like this Raspberry Fluff or Oreo Fluff Baked beans Roasted vegetables More ways to use BBQ Sauce: BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe ready in 15 minutes! BBQ Chicken Tacos with a cilantro-lime crema Grilled BBQ Chicken Rice Bowl with a quick creamy sauce BBQ Chicken Salad with a creamy cilantro-ranch dressing 3 Dinner Recipes with 1 Rotisserie Chicken: BBQ themed FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. BBQ Pasta Salad 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe BBQ Pasta Salad is sure to be unforgettable at your next potluck or summer party! This delectable salad is loaded with BBQ pulled pork, sharp Cheddar cheese, crisp corn, and other fresh veggies. Drizzle on a BBQ-spiked creamy dressing and this salad is ready to devour. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe BBQ Pasta Salad 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe BBQ Pasta Salad is sure to be unforgettable at your next potluck or summer party! This delectable salad is loaded with BBQ pulled pork, sharp Cheddar cheese, crisp corn, and other fresh veggies. Drizzle on a BBQ-spiked creamy dressing and this salad is ready to devour. Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Salad Cuisine American Keyword BBQ Pasta Salad Prep Time 35 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 4 -6 servings Calories 616kcal Author Chelsea Cost $8.21 Ingredients8 ounces (227g) farfalle (bowtie) pasta (1/2 of 1 box; about 2-1/2 cups)2 small ears fresh corn (or 1 cup (135g) frozen corn)1 small red bell pepper, diced (~3/4 cup;105g)2 stalks celery (~1/2 cup; 66g)heaping 1/2 cup (66g) sharp cheddar Cheese, cut into small cubes2 thinly sliced green onions, (~1/4 cup; 13g)1 cup (250g) seasoned and fully cooked BBQ pork cooked according to package instructions (Note 1) (~1/2 of 1, 16 ounce container)Salad "Dressing":1/2 cup (100g) mayonnaise1/4 cup (72g) BBQ sauce1 tablespoon (15g) apple cider vinegar1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (like TABASCO)1/4 teaspoon chili powder1/8 teaspoon garlic powderSmall pinch cayenne pepper, optionalSalt and pepperOptional: chopped fresh cilantro InstructionsPASTA: Prepare the pasta according to package directions. (Don't cook all the pasta; only use 3 cups!) Make sure to generously salt the water. (I add 1 teaspoon to every 4 cups of water.) Don't forget to salt the pasta water or the whole salad will taste under-seasoned. If using frozen corn, add it to the boiling pasta water 1 minute before pasta will be done. Drain pasta, rinse under cold water, let cool, and allow to dry. Thoroughly dry before adding it to the other ingredients. Add cooked and cooled pasta to a large bowl.PREP VEGGIES: While the pasta is cooking, prep the veggies/other salad additions. Cook pork according to package directions and allow to cool to room temperature. Use two forks to shred the pork a bit more if needed. If using fresh corn, grill (See Note 2) or simply cut it off the cob and add to the salad raw. Dice the pepper, thinly slice the celery, cube Cheddar cheese pieces, and thinly slice green onions. In a large bowl, add the pulled pork, corn, pepper, celery, Cheddar cheese, and green onions.DRESSING: In another small bowl, whisk together the mayo, BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. (Add to taste, I add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.) Whisk until combined and smooth.DRESS: Pour dressing over the salad (adding to preference-- you may not want it all). Gently toss ingredients until combined. Taste again and season with any additional salt/pepper as needed. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.STORAGE: This salad is best enjoyed the same day it is made. If making it ahead of time, I recommend keeping the salad and dressing separated and combining the two right before eating. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Either use leftover BBQ pulled pork or get some from the freezer/fridge section in the grocery store. (My personal favorite is Jack Daniel's Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce.) Cook according to package directions. If you'd like the salad to have more meat in it, add the entire container. Note 2: If you'd like to grill the corn, preheat the grill to 400 degrees F. Shuck and remove silk from corn. Rub oil all over the sides (about 1/2 teaspoon) and lightly sprinkle with sea salt. Place corn on the grill and with the lid closed, turn every 3-5 minutes (check at 3 minutes, turning 4 times total) until the corn is nicely charred and crisp-tender. Remove corn from the grill, allow to cool slightly, and cut off the cob. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 810mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1543IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 2mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. 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