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My parents have this dish on a regular basis so I finally got around making it and it does not disappoint! It is great for turning leftover pulled pork (or insert your meat of choice here) into an entirely new dish that is a universal crowd pleaser (who doesn’t like spaghetti?). At my dad’s recommendation, I didn’t use only BBQ sauce as the base of the sauce but a half/half combination of BBQ sauce and spaghetti sauce- BBQ sauce on it’s own for this dish is overpowering. The leftover pulled pork sauce is also great as a sloppy joe the next day- how is that for a creative use of leftovers? In reference to the Neely’s – the original idea for this recipe is based on the original recipe by Patrick and Gina Neely- you may have seen them on “Down Home With the Neely’s” on the food network. Patrick and Gina always appear like they are going to break out into a make-out session mid-show. I love me some Neely’s, they are just too funny.
Ingredients: (keep in mind this can be adapted based on how much leftover pork you are using)
- 8 mini tri-color peppers, equivalent to 1 large bell pepper- chopped
- 1/4 cup onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tblsp olive oil
- 3 chipotle peppers
- 2.5-3 cups pulled pork (insert your favorite meat here)
- 1.5 cups bbq sauce
- 1.5 cups spaghetti/marinara sauce
- spaghetti noodles, enough for 4 people
Prepare your spaghetti as directed. Meanwhile, chop up your pepper, onions and garlic. Now, heat up a sauce pan on medium heat and saute your peppers and onions. Add your garlic last so it doesn’t burn. Next add your BBQ sauce and marinara sauce, then add your chopped up chipotle peppers. Mix together and bring to a slight simmer. Now add your meat and let all the flavors meld together for another 5-10 minutes.
Serve with a nice salad and you have a VERY hearty meal that pairs a love for pasta with a BBQ undertone. Now this is what I call BBQ fusion!