Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato*

Growing up I would see people at Jason’s Deli ordering those big baked potatoes stuffed with things like chili and would gag. First of all, I am pretty sure that chili came from a can. And if I know one thing, it’s that chili from a can is only good on one thing…Nachos. The kind of nachos that are also topped with the bright neon cheese that comes from a giant can that is good for the next 30 years.

But to be honest, it wasn’t even the chili that got me. I couldn’t wrap my mind around stuffing any meat product — besides bacon — into a baked potato. That all changed when I went to a wedding in high school that had bbq chicken stuffed baked potatoes. Yes I agree, this was all kinds of wrong.

What can I say, it wasn’t the classiest affair…but I sure did fall in love with baked potatoes stuffed with meat. I still feel shamed every time I do it. I can’t explain my hard wired feelings against meat stuffed potatoes…but I can tell you that putting BBQ Pulled Pork into a baked Sweet Potato is possibly the best thing ever. Even if you have to eat it alone in your house with the curtains drawn so no one sees you…or maybe that’s just me and my twisted shamed stuffed potato eating ways.

These are a great way to use up leftover pulled pork. Below I have the recipe for how to make pulled pork in your slow cooker, but that doesn’t mean you have to make it my way. Sure, my ways the best…but I’m sure your way is good too. ;-)


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Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato

Yield: Serves 8


2 lb pork loin
1/4 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons garlic salt
6 cups coke a cola, or enough to cover pork
3/4 to 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ Sauce
8 large sweet potatoes


Season entire pork loin with garlic salt and chili powder. Pour a little coke in the bottom of the crock pot and add the pork butt. Add enough coke to just cover the pork loin. Cook on low for 8 hours.

While pork is cooking, bake your sweet potatoes:

Preheat oven to 400°. Scrub potatoes under water and wrap in foil. Bake in oven for about 1 hour. Sweet Potatoes are fully cooked when you can gently squeeze them and they feel soft. Remove from oven and set aside.

Remove pork from crock pot and discard almost all of coke mixture...leaving just a tablespoon or two of juice behind to help moisten the pork.

Place the pork back into the crockpot and then use two large forks to shred the meat. Add BBQ sauce and combine (above it says 3/4 to 1 cup BBQ sauce, which just means add as much, or as little, as you like). Leave slow cooker on low, or warm, to keep things hot until you are ready to serve.

When ready to serve, cut a a slit in the sweet potato, lengthwise. Grab the potato from both ends and press together to open the sweet potato up. Fill each sweet potato with a generous helping of pulled pork and top with an extra drizzle of BBQ Sauce. Serve immediately!


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82 Responses to “Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato”

  1. 1

    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 1, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    i think i could eat about 50 of these right now. for real.

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    Kathryn — August 1, 2012 @ 4:57 am

    Anything that involves pulled pork can’t possibly be wrong!

  3. 3

    DessertForTwo — August 1, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    This is my favorite way to use up extra meat. Especially when I bring home barbecue on the plane from Texas :)

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    Debra — August 1, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    That looks amazing.

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    Devon — August 1, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    It IS a great way to use leftover pulled pork… Lately I’ve been shoving black beans, turkey, whatever is in my fridge into sweet potatoes.

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 1, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I LOVE this idea!!! Especially with sweet potatoes!!

    And I was also a potato fan at Jason’s Deli for years. That and their gumbo. MmmmHMMM. ;)

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — August 1, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I think it’s Famous Daves that also serves pulled pork stuffed potatoes. Yum! I love this kind of thing. Glad you got on the band wagon eventually. ;)

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    Cookbook Queen — August 1, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    This needs to happen for dinner at my house!! YUM!!

    And i am totally a fan of canned chili and neon nacho cheese. I can feel you judging me!! ;)

  9. 9

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 1, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Oh gawwd this might the most amazing thing ever! I usually don’t make pulled pork but I want to make it just so I can have this!

  10. 10

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 1, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Love this idea!! Must try!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 1, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    Cradle me.

  12. 12

    Eileen — August 1, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Sounds like an amazing combination! Pulled pork and sweet potato–perfect.

  13. 13

    Cassie — August 1, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    I have zero issue with eating a big ‘ol potato for dinner so I am extremely on board when it is stuffed with BBQ. Holy cow, this is awesome. My hubs will definitely be on board too!

  14. 14

    Heather — August 1, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    I was planning on waiting until fall to replace my slow cooker…but this recipe has me re-evaluating my decision. Holy cow, this looks AMAZING. Great photos!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 1, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    I love getting sweet potatoes with my BBQ and this is the ultimate combination!

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    Lauren — August 1, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Totally DYING over this…

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 1, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    Besides drooling over the gorgeous photos, I have major jazz hands about this recipe! Pulled pork? YES! Sweet potato? Heck ya! Bookmarking this guy fo’ sure.

    P.S. Favorite thing about Jason’s Deli…soft serve ice cream station!

  18. 18

    Pam — August 1, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Yum! Why wouldn’t you combine these too!!! Duh! Love! Thanks for posting!

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — August 1, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    I am loving this idea; two favorites of mine all together in one place. Might just be making this soon.

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    TheCubanFoodBlog — August 2, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Yeah! Finally a recipe I can make in Cuba!!!!!! I drool over so many recipes I see on other blogs and cookbooks, but all too often I can’t make them because we just don’t have the range of ingredients here in Cuba. However this recipe is brilliant. I can make it. Ok so the BBQ I will have to make from scratch, but that’s ok. It’s a combination that I hadn’t thought of before. Thanks for surprising me. I can’t wait to try this. Tanja

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — August 4, 2012 @ 2:44 am

    A bug yes to this spud and a big noooooo to neon cheese, oinly good for the cool folks in the International Space Station ;)

  22. 22

    Sues — August 5, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    Stuffing meat into a sweet potato? Quite possibly the BEST idea ever!

  23. 23

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 6, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    omg, yes. now please!

  25. 25

    HEGryhus — August 6, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    So so so good. Made it tonight and everyone loved it. I did regular potatoes for the menfolk bc they are dumb and it was great that way too.

  26. 26

    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — August 7, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    oh yum. How are you stranger? Hope all is well

  27. 27

    Katie — August 7, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Love this! Made it last night with some leftover pulled pork and am having the left overs today. So delicious!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 7, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    I want to eat this in a hands-tied-behind-my-back-like-at-a-state-fair eating contest style. And have like 10 of these.

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    Alexis Franzi — August 7, 2012 @ 12:38 pm


    This looks to die for! I know for a fact the readers over at Mr. Food would be so into this recipe, too! We’d love for you to submit a similar recipe to The Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal, offering a grand-prize to one lucky blogger who will tape a segment to air on national TV! If you’re interested, check out our contest page for more details. http://www.mrfood.com/Editors-Picks/Search-for-Ultimate-Weeknight-Meal-Blogger-Contest

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    Ashley Bee — August 7, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    I’ve done this with regular baked potatoes but never sweet potatoes–and I hear they are far more nutritious. I will definitely keep it in mind!

  31. 31

    Jeremy — August 7, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    OMG!!! Delicious. I like the sweet potatoes topped with almost any smoked meat!

  32. 32

    Kenna Johnson — August 8, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    Did you use a pork loin, or pork butt?

    • Jessica replied: — August 9th, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

      I used a pork loin. You can use a pork butt as well, but I like to use pork loin because it is a lot healthier and a lot less fatty (I trim off the excess fat).

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — August 17, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    Ahh, I love me a good stuffed spud! Growing up in Texas I’ve had my share of ‘stuffed’ baked potatoes. Everything from bbq beef from the bbq joint down the street from my childhood home to the restaurant in the town I went to college at, which specialized in over 20 different ‘stuffed’ potatoes on their menu.

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    Debbi — August 22, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    This was a brilliant idea! I had left over pulled pork from a party over the week-end (so was just about pulled pork sandwiched out!) and I made these for a quick week night dinner, AH-MAZING! Thanks for posting!

    • Jessica replied: — August 22nd, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      So glad to hear it!! :-) It is the perfect use for leftover pulled pork!

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    maryann — September 13, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    I made this last night, and my family LOVED it!! I assume the 1/4 cup of chili powder was a misprint, so I just added 1/4 tsp. I had never tried pork made with coke before and it was amazing, will make again soon for sure.

    • Jessica replied: — September 14th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

      Hey Maryann,

      Glad you liked it! The 1/4 cup chili powder is not a misprint. Because it’s in the crockpot with a lot of liquid, it doesn’t all end up on the pork, but it does help to flavor it!

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    Michelle — September 16, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I have just stumbled across your blog this looks UH-MAY-ZING! Being from rainy England there are a few things in your recipies I can’t get here but I’m going to try all I can….. Or maybe I could just move?

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    Ashley — September 16, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    Making this tonight for the 2nd time. It is delicious and my husband loves it too!!!

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    Megz Messy Mealz — September 26, 2012 @ 1:30 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve never stuffed anything like this into a potato. Looks amazing :)

    Stopping by to say hi from Megz Messy Mealz

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    brit — October 2, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    is there any way to leave out the coke?

    • Jessica replied: — October 4th, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

      Sorry, but no, not in this recipe.

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    Karen — November 17, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    What a great idea….a sweet potato stuffed with yummy pulled pork! I have the pork in the crock pot right now, smelling awesome, and the potatoes waiting to go in the oven. Can’t wait to eat :)

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    Justin — February 10, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    Got all the fixin’s prepped, gonna give it a try this afternoon for a Sunday brunch … I’m practically giddy.

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    Kelly CookingQueen Perkins — February 25, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    My hubby is gonna LOVE this! we smoke a pork butt about once a month and are always looking for great leftover ideas. This is perfect!

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    Kelli — March 11, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Jason’s Deli is getting a bad rep here! ;)

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    Linda Lindley — April 7, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    This sounds amazing! I have a pork loin in my freezer. Now I just have to wait til it’s thawed so I can toss it in my crockpot. Thanks for posting!

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    Kathy — April 20, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    I had some leftover pork that I used to make this! Fabulous! I had no idea how good it would taste. So glad I tried it!

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    Dawn — August 16, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    I subscribe to so many food blogs and daily I’m inspired to make something different. Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato, why didn’t I think of this! It’s amazing. When I told my husband what we were having for lunch, he said, “that’s weird”! But then, I showed him your picture and he said, “um, that looks good”! Well, we just had it for lunch and he told me three times already, “that was a delicious lunch”! Thanks for inspiring me :)

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    Kristin Burkart — September 15, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    Yup, I will rarely, if ever, use buns for my pulled pork again. This was delish!

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    Heather S — October 7, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Made this a few months ago and it was amazing! I didn’t use the orange sweet potatoes though, used the white ones, perfection!

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    Debi — February 2, 2014 @ 9:20 am

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    Kara — February 14, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    Can I put the pork loin in the crockpot frozen? Or do I need to thaw it first?

    • Jessica replied: — February 17th, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

      I have always cooked it fresh – not frozen. If you want to try it frozen, it will need a little more cooking time!

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    amy — April 15, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    will pepsi work you think?

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    califncsun — April 23, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

    I just made this, I used Dr Pepper, it is so good. I love anything pork. Mine was done in 6 hours. This is defiantly a keeper. DD are a regular baked potato, I ate the sweet potato. Did I say how yummy this was.LOL


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    julie d — September 3, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    this is basically the best recipe for pulled pork ever. it is easy and goodness gracious it is delicious!! i hate pork. actually i can honestly say i am not a fan of meat in general, when i do eat meat, it is smothered in sauce of some sort. this pork doesn’t need anything. it is that good. i did put the bbq on and will be eating in on a sweet potato as soon as they are ready! this is like my new favorite thing!!

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    Emily Marie — September 16, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    Two of my favorite foods rolled into one! I will probably try this without the coke, just extra BBQ sauce but it looks great!

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