I’m not really known as a simple cook around here. My friends would agree with that statement. Matt would most definitely agree with that statement. He always teases me that I say “oh it’s so simple, you just….” and then proceed to list off 25 ingredients and 13 steps and the person is like “yeah thanks…” However believe it or not (Matt!), being simple, whether in my cooking or just life in general, is something I have been constantly striving for since having a baby. Not sure if that makes sense… should I have to strive for simplicity?? But life can be so very not simple, and full of to do lists and work to be done and bills to be paid and children to be reared… sheesh. Ain’t nobody got time for complicated… can I get an AMEN!?
So in the spirit of simple, I give you this recipe for BBQ Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. This is the real deal. Simple at its best. 5 ingredients (as long as you don’t count salt and pepper… but even then… only 7 if you are being quite literal). Oh and did I mention it’s also a slow cooker meal, super delicious, kinda unexpected, annnnd healthy?? Because it is all dat, and you should make it if you like those sorts of things.
I feel like I should also mention that this is such an easy way to cook pork no matter the end result you are going for. If you need pulled pork for whatever… tacos, sandwiches, asian noodle salad, or these BBQ pork stuffed sweet potatoes… this is the easiest and least complicated way to get tender shredded pork. I really like our local grocery store’s “carnitas” package (HEB LOVE!). It is basically smaller cuts of pork butt. They have enough fat so are really tender, however you can definitely use a regular pork butt roast if you have no idea in Texas what I’m talking about with “carnitas”.
And while I’m on the subject of slow cookers… y’all. I was such a slow cooker DISASTER cook for awhile there. I don’t know why or what my problem was, but I could not get the results I wanted with my slow cooker. I even burnt stuff… like a lot. It was bad. BUT THEN I got my new uh-masing slow cooker for Christmas. I love this thing and use it at least once a week (but usually more)! It is the Cuisinart Multi-Cooker, and it pretty much saves my life. It gets hot enough to brown things, but then you can switch it over to slow cook… no more browning in one pot and then moving it to the slow cooker, dirtying two pans NO THANKS. Making chili is a breeze… reducing sauces after slow cooking, no problem… homemade tomato sauce can both start and cook all day in this thing. IT’S SO GREAT. It’s fully programmable of course and super easy to use. I can go on… Non-stick and light weight. This baby’s got it all! You probably don’t need a new slow-cooker, but I’m telling you, you kinda do. Or if you really do… this is it! Check it out on my favorite things list on the amazon tab on the side bar, or grab it here.
So, for a gal who loves a good complicated recipe and has to work hard to keep it simple… I feel like I’m coming along. Hope this recipe can make your life a little simpler too.
- 2-3 lbs pork butt cut into large chunks
- 1 white onion roughly chopped (with about a quarter finely chopped and put aside for serving)
- salt and pepper
- BBQ sauce (we love Texas Native, but whatever you like!)
- Baked Sweet potatoes (I usually figure half per person)
- Put the roughly chopped onion on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Put the chunks of pork on top of the onion and season meat with salt and pepper.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3.
- If you are baking the potatoes in the oven put them in an hour and a half before you want to eat at 400. I just put them straight on the rack with a piece of foil on the rack underneath to catch any sweet potato drips.
- When ready to serve, remove meat and shred with fork. Dump out the rest of the juices and onions left in the slow cooker and put the meat back in. Stir in BBQ sauce. Make it as saucy as you like!
- Stuff the potatoes with the meat, top with relish, reserved raw onion, and more BBQ sauce... or any toppings good with BBQ.
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