BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jars

by Rose Pecci

These BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jars are more a happy accident of leftovers and the best way to use up last night’s dinner! This recipe was concocted from pulled pork I used in sandwiches and mashed potatoes I served with steak. Grab a simple canned ingredient from the pantry and stack up these leftovers for an easy grab-n-go meal-prep lunch! Nothing beats the aesthetically-pleasing layers of pulled pork, mashed potatoes and baked beans in this mason jar dish, plus the pop of color from the purple cabbage on top. A well-balanced, hearty meal tucked into a portable and convenient mason jar!

BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jars topped with shredded purple cabbage.

The grocery list.

  • Baked beans – Beans, beans they’re good for your heart…
  • Pressure Cooked Mashed Potatoes – Mashed potatoes are pretty plain on their own, but don’t worry! The juices from the pork and the beans will soak into your potatoes from above and below and combine alll the delicious flavors.
  • Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork – This recipe makes a TON of pork, perfect for meal prepping! 
  • Shredded purple cabbage – I love the crunch that fresh cabbage adds to these jars.  
Side view of a mason jar filled with pressure cooked mashed potatoes, baked beans and Traeger smoked pulled pork.

The preparation.

This recipe will get you four days of packable meal-prepped lunches that you can toss in the microwave or enjoy cold.

Start with your favorite medium-sized mason jars. I chose to use just 4 mason jars, but if those portions are too large, use more jars. Make sure each jar has a matching lid, even if you’re not planning on taking your BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jars on-the-go. 

To build these BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jars, start by making each component. These can be leftovers or something you make specifically for meal prep. Start with Pressure Cooked Mashed Potatoes and Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork. Additionally, have your baked beans and shredded cabbage ready to go.

BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jar with shredded purple cabbage on top.

Once the two dishes are complete, you’re going to layer each ingredient in your mason jars. Start with the baked beans on the bottom of your mason jars. Portion out the whole can of beans among all of your mason jars. Next, layer the mashed potatoes on top, then the pulled pork and end with the shredded cabbage. 

Place the lids on the mason jars and tightly seal them. Store the jars in the refrigerator until ready to heat and eat. These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4-6 days. 

To heat these up, throw the whole jar (WITHOUT THE LID) into the microwave, or pour the contents of the jar into a bowl and put that into the microwave. You could also heat it up on the stove by dumping the jar’s contents into a small saucepan and heating it on medium heat on the stove until it’s hot. 

Three BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jars.

Looking for more meal prep recipes?

Here are a few to try:

Meal Prep Overnight Oats

Sweet & Simple Chicken Salad

Spicy Ale Pulled Chicken

Lastly, if you make this BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jars recipe, be sure to leave a comment! Above all, I love to hear from ya’ll and do my best to respond to every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of your dayyyummm good recreations is my favorite!

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BBQ Meal Prep Mason Jars

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  1. To build these BBQ meal-prep mason jars, first start with making Pressure Cooked Mashed Potatoes and Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork. Once those dishes are complete, layer the mason jars with baked beans on the bottom, mashed potatoes, pulled pork and shredded cabbage.
  2. Tightly seal the mason jar lids and store in the refrigerator until ready to heat and eat for up to 4-6 days.

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