BBQ Pulled Pork Potato Skins

by Susan on November 3, 2017

bbq pulled pork potato skins

Sometimes I feel like I’m feeding three children rather than two; my husband is a bit particular and not afraid to let me know just how strongly he feels about certain foods. For example, he has made his (negative) thoughts on pulled pork and similar BBQ recipes rather well known. Often. Without prompting.

The thing is, however, that my kids LOVE pulled pork and it’s pretty much the easiest dinner to make. So I decided to get a little creative, adapting a Food Network recipe from the Neely family to make BBQ potato skins with the pork. The results were such a success that my pickiest “child” was the biggest fan!

I used my favorite method for preparing the pork in the crock pot, and baked the potatoes earlier in the day so that they were ready for dinnertime. In my opinion the key is using a good barbecue sauce for the pork, since it adds so much flavor the dish. Skip the ones loaded with high fructose corn syrup and look for organic if you can. I like Annie’s and Whole Foods’ 365 options.

As written this recipe is gluten-free. You could use dairy-free options for the butter and cheese as well.

Pulled Pork Potato Skins
adapted from The Neelys

3 russet potatoes, scrubbed
4 slices cooked nitrite-free bacon, crumbled
2 tbs. butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1/2 pound BBQ pulled pork**
toppings of choice: minced green onions or chives, cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado etc.

Preheat oven to 400.

Bake potatoes on middle rack until fork tender, 45 minutes . Remove from oven and let sit until cool enough to handle.

Preheat grill pan to medium heat.

Cut potatoes in half, lengthwise, and spoon out the flesh, leaving a half inch shell.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add minced garlic. Brush potatoes with the butter and garlic mixture. Flip over and butter the bottoms.

Place potatoes on grill pin and cook until crisp, about 4 to 4 1/2 minutes on each side and remove from grill.

Divide the cheese and pulled pork among the potatoes. Top potato skins with garnishes of choice.

**I love this recipe for crock pot pulled pork as it’s inexpensive and easy to make.

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