I instagrammed this one a long time ago and just had a CRAVING and decided it needed a permanent place over here. I LOVE savory/sweet combos. Any restaurant that has fried chicken or pulled pork on a waffle… I’M IN.

This is not something we eat that often… but every time we do I’m sure it’ll become a staple because I’m obsessed! I just naturally think of these pulled pork sandwiches as the obvious first home for bbq pork… but usually I’ll do a double batch of meat and then love to mix the meals up throughout the week.  Throwing some on cornbread waffles might ACTUALLY be my favorite way to eat it.  With the crispy fresh slaw and even a drizzle of syrup…. ohma gooooodness.

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I’ve tried a few homemade recipes for cornbread waffles and I have to confess— nothing has beat my family’s favorite. The Trader Joe’s box mix! Of course it’s on my Trader Joe’s favorite list if you haven’t seen that.  Ha. No excuses- it is what it is. Yellow cake and it’s amazing.

BBQ Pulled Pork and Lighter Cornbread Waffles www.lillieeatsandtells.com

But it’s amazing at a cost… the carbs and fat pretty much match…. yellow cake macros.  So while I didn’t do a ton about the carbs, I lightened them up a bit to cut out a bunch of fat and as long as you choose carefully on your barbecue sauce…. it can ring up within reason!  And if I don’t want to spend my carbs on two waffles… I’ll do one of these yummy cornbread waffles and whip myself up a kodiak or even a one-carb waffle for my second.  I’m sure it’d be great on these pumpkin kodiak waffles too!

What I won’t do is eat just one. Please.

BBQ Pulled Pork and Lighter Cornbread Waffles www.lillieeatsandtells.com

BBQ Pulled Pork and Lighter Cornbread Waffles www.lillieeatsandtells.com

Instant-Pot Pulled-Pork and Lighter Cornbread Waffles

Love this combo! More of an idea than a recipe…. but sharing anyway! Such a fun and quick way to make a new meal out of your leftover pork!
5 from 1 vote
Author Lillie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 499 kcal


  • 1 box Trader Joe’s Cornbread boxed mix!
  • ¾ cup fat free fairlife milk lower carb than lots of milk
  • 3 tbs canola oil you can use applesauce to lower fat more if you want
  • 46 g of egg whites 3 tbs, or 1 whole egg if you want to RAISE the fat. Ha!
  • Instant Pot BBQ pulled pork
  • Cilantro lime slaw
  • Stubbs or favorite low sugar barbecue sauce
  • No calorie Waldenfarms or other favorite low sugar pancake syrup *optional


  • Just mix the first four ingredients together and cook in a sprayed waffle iron! You could totally play with this to lower carbs by stretching it with Flapjacked mix or Kodiak cakes… or even add protein powder if you want higher protein. We kept it simple and just lightened up the basic mix so I knew everyone would like them.
  • Top each waffle with 55 grams pulled pork, 30 grams slaw, ½ tbs bbq sauce, and I love a little drizzle of syrup!
  • 1 waffle alone (65 g of batter) came to 28c 4f 3.6p and 168 calories.
  • Makes 10 waffles.


  • Repeated from post: When I make these for my family, sometimes I’ll have one with a cornbread waffle, and then build another out of a straight kodiak waffle or even a one-carb waffle if I don’t want to use that many carbs.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it’d also be great on these pumpkin protein kodiak waffles!


Serving: 2waffles, 110 grams pork, 60 g slaw, and 1 tbs bbq sauceCalories: 499kcalCarbohydrates: 66.8gProtein: 30.5gFat: 10.9g

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  1. 5 stars
    Sooo good! Used some leftover smoked pulled pork instead. It was amazing. That sweet/salty combo is so good!