Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It is times like these when I wish I was a photographer. Then, I could take a picture of this Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato, one of my FAVORITE dinners, and all the world would say, "This will become our favorite dinner, too." The photo would not be blurry, the lighting would be right, and you could see how tender the pork is, see the smoky, sticky, sweetness of the barbecue sauce, and  feel how perfectly the sweet potato marries the pork and sauce. 

I know it seems like every recipe on every blog is amazing, but I promise this one delivers. Slow cooking allows even tougher cuts of meat, like pork shoulder, to become spoon tender and ridiculously moist. It works equally well with pork loin roasts. Rub 5 simple spices onto an inexpensive cut of pork, chop up some onions, and throw all of that into a crockpot with some beef broth, and you have so many delicious possibilities! Douse the meat in barbecue sauce like I did this time and stuff it into sweet potatoes or on a bun with homemade cilantro coleslaw. Or, use that tender pork for quesadillas. Or top a salad. Or mix it with some green chile sauce, monterey jack cheese, and cream to make pork enchiladas. (Ooo, I need to do that! )  

But back to this recipe. I didn't start eating sweet potatoes until I met my husband. What a shame! We typically just eat baked sweet potatoes with butter, because I thought that was the best way...until I tried smothering them with pork and barbecue sauce. Really, this is one of my family's favorite dinners. The sweet potato is just as, if not more, satisfying than a bun. Plus, if you are doing that gluten-free thing a sweet potato is a great way to deliver delicious barbecue pork to your awaiting mouth.

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 lbs pork shoulder roast, bone in 
  • 4 large sweet potatoes

  1. Mix the spices together. Rub evenly onto pork roast.
  2. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast, onions, and broth into crockpot.
  3. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 8 hours, or until very tender
  4. An hour before dinner, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and poke the sweet potatoes with a fork. Roll them in foil. 
  5. Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes to an hour, until soft,
  6. Remove pork from crockpot. Shred pork with forks.
  7. Stuff sweet potatoes with pork. drizzle with barbecue sauce, and coleslaw, if you like!
Bake potatoes, share the potatoes.

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