Apple BBQ Pork & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese

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This apple BBQ pork & smoked Gouda grilled cheese is a great way to use up extra pork roast. Whip up a grilled cheese that will WOW your family!

apple bbq pork & smoked gouda grilled cheese

There is nothing like a good grilled cheese sandwich.   Not the American cheese slice wrapped in plastic and grilled on white bread, (although those are still pretty good from time to time with tomato soup!) I am talking good crusty bread, good cheese and maybe a little “somethin’ – somethin'” extra?  This Apple BBQ Pork & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese has a lot of somethin’ extra!


My favorite bread to make grilled sandwiches with is sour dough.  Who am I kidding?  I think sour dough bread is pure perfection, period!  But slather it with butter and grill it? Delicious!  We love to make Grilled Turkey Havarti Sandwiches using sour dough, and when I was standing at the bakery trying to decide what to use for this sandwich, I really couldn’t think of anything else that sounded better to me. So, sourdough it is!


Last week when I made Apple Pork Tenderloin in the slow cooker, we had left overs.  Don’t get me wrong…it was delicious, I am just trying to figure out how to cook for us now that my oldest son is away at college.  I was super happy I had these left overs.  A while back I had a similar sandwich to this at a restaurant.  I thought it was a sensational concept, and wanted to make one of my own.  I kept with the apple and took the left over pork and combined it with some apple juice in a pan on the stove.  I re-heated it with the juice and shredded it up.  I tossed with with some BBQ Sauce and set it aside until I was ready to grill up the sandwiches.


I coated the outsides of a couple slices of sourdough and grilled them until toasted.  That part became the inside of the sandwich.  I added the pork and the cheese, sandwiched it together, buttered the outside and grilled until the cheese was melted and the outside was toasted golden brown.


My kids went nuts!  This is a really good way to spice up your leftovers!


My most popular recipe is my Dr. Pepper BBQ Pork Ribs! I have a recipe that makes them in the instant pot and one that uses a slow cooker.  These sandwiches are my FAVORITE thing to use the leftovers when I make either of these recipes! 


Instant Pot Dr. Pepper BBQ Pork Ribs
Fall apart tender, Instant Pot Dr. Pepper BBQ Pork Ribs are ready to eat in about an hour.  Boneless country Style Pork Ribs, prepared in your pressure cooker, then glazed with Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce on your grill or in your oven. Grab the napkins and dig in!


Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs
Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs are Country Style Pork Ribs, slow cooked in Dr. Pepper, then baked to caramelize the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. Only 3 ingredients!




If you are a fan of Gouda Cheese — and I know you are, or you wouldn’t be looking at this smoked gouda grilled cheese in the first place — you just HAVE to try my friend’s recipe for Gouda Mac n Cheese!! You will LOVE it! Pinkie swear! 


Enjoy these sandwiches!  M.

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Apple BBQ Pork & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese

This apple BBQ pork & smoked Gouda grilled cheese is a great way to use up extra pork roast. Whip up a grilled cheese that will WOW your family!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple BBQ Pork & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 4 cups Pork Tenderloin Roast cooked
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • Sour Dough Bread sliced
  • Smoked Gouda cheese sliced
  • Butter


  • In a pan over medium heat add the pork tenderloin and the apple juice. As it heats up with will shred easily, using a fork. I let mine heat until the meat re-hydrated itself with the juice. About 10 minutes or so.
  • Remove from heat, stir in BBQ sauce and set aside.
  • Butter one side of two slices of sour dough bread. Turn your skillet to high heat, and grill that buttered side. When toasted golden brown, turn that side inward, add a slice of cheese and a layer of BBQ pork.
  • Butter the outsides of the bread and grill until the cheese is melted and the outside are toasted golden brown.
  • Cut in half and serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 568mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g



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