This recipe is a duet of sorts, a duet of culinary creations by husband and I. My husband can definitely throw down in a kitchen. And he is a for sure boss at managing and running one. But he cooks all day. Plus I love to cook as well, so I generally try to cook for us at home, so he can relax and get out of the kitchen. This also gives me ample time to play and experiment with new recipes. Which is good and bad for Zach. Not everything I make is a home run the first at bat (like the tator tots that took me three attempts or my first round of pot pie). But he is always gracious, kind, and he gives me his honest opinion. The part is the most important part. I do not need people to just fluff my tail feathers. If something needs adjusted or tweaked I NEED to know before I go sharing. So I am unbelievably grateful for being surrounded with such honesty and truth.
I had never planned on posting or sharing this recipe, though (I have them planned through July already). It was just something I sort of strung together. Zach had some pulled pork in the fridge. We love sweet potatoes, but we have only eaten them just baked one time (on our first camping trip to Brown County, around a year ago). So I just started baking potatoes. Thought I would stuff the pork inside of them rather than serving it on the side. And I fried a couple pieces of bacon, because, why not? Zach raved about this lunch the whole time we were eating. “Babe this is good.””Babe this is so good.””Seriously.”
With this feedback I could not, not post it. And I love that it is a combination of the two of us. Plus it’s easy. Make the pork in the crock pot. just bake a potato. Anyone can do it.
Pulled-Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1-2 tablespoons of bacon fat
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 pieces of bacon
- 8 oz. pulled pork
- Pork Rub (1/2 cup coconut sugar, 1/4 cup paprika, 1 tbsp pepper, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cayenne pepper)
- 1 bottle of Angry Orchard Hard Cider
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce (here’s a recipe)
- 2 cups water
How to Make it Happen:
Stab pork with a knife. Push garlic into each well. Rub it with the pork rub. Place in a crock pot. Mix the BBQ, water and cider together. Pour over the pork. Put it on low for 12 to 16 hours. Take the garlic out. Remove the fat. Shred. And wait.
Rub bacon fat (or coconut oil) on the outside of the sweet potato. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Use a fork to poke some holes. cover in foil. Bake at 350 until it is tender, 40 minutes or so. The time is dependent on the size of the potato you are using. Once it is tender, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool slightly, so you can handle it without burning your hands. While it is cooling, go ahead and fry your bacon. Crumble it, once it too has cooled.
Now it is time to assemble. Take a knife and split the sweet potato down the center. Pry it open a little, tearing and mashing down the sides a bit. Season it with a little more salt and pepper. Spoon 4 ounces of the pulled pork into the center of each. Sprinkle on the bacon and you are ready.
Plus you’ll have extra pulled pork to make even more tasty dishes! It would be good in a taco bowl……..hmm