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The Neely’s Barbecue Spaghetti

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BBQ Sauce + Marinara + Leftover Pulled Pork = Barbecue Spaghetti

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! :)


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4 Responses to The Neely’s Barbecue Spaghetti

  1. Lea Ann January 23, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    I like your idea of the half and half for the sauce and the photo made me instantly hungry!

  2. Chris January 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Believe it or not, this is one I have not tried but I will get around to it.

  3. Brian Meagher February 26, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    I’m in love with Cincinnati style Chili which is of course served over spaghetti – but that’s the only spaghetti deviation I’ve tried.

    Your take on the Neely’s BBQ spaghetti looks awesome. Great tip on the 1/2 & 1/2 sauce. Plus, *anything* with chipotles has to be good.

  4. Robyn February 28, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    I love chili-sphagetti combo. Maybe I’ll do that next on the site with a BBQ infusion of some sort!

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