These Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to turn that easy sweet potato into a full meal, similar to a stuffed baked potato, with all that sweet and savory goodness.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber and they contain vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, and selenium. They’re also a good source of vitamin B and C. That makes them a really great addition to your meal, whether you’re serving them as a side dish or as a main dish.
This pulled pork stuffed sweet potato recipe is a great way to turn the humble potato into an awesome main dish that’s both filling and delicious.
Ingredients for Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes – For this recipe you’ll want to source some large sweet potatoes that are big enough to make a main course out of. You can use yams for this as well, if you prefer.
Pulled pork – follow a recipe to make the pork (we’ve linked to some options below, or use store bought pulled pork. You can also use shredded chicken or beef, if you like. Another options is to use chickpeas instead of meat, for a vegetarian option.
How to Bake Sweet Potatoes
There are many different ways to make sweet potatoes. You can roast them in the oven, make them in the Instant Pot, or even in the air fryer.
Each of these options takes different time to make. You can choose which method you prefer that fits your situation. I prefer to oven roast them for this recipe, so our instructions are for oven baking.
To oven bake sweet potatoes, first preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Clean the sweet potatoes by brushing any dirt or debris from the exterior.
Coat the potato with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place them on a baking sheet and poke several holes in both sides of the potatoes with a fork.
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Roast for 40 to 50 minutes, or until slightly crispy on the outside and soft when pinched with your fingers. Remove the potatoes to a plate to cool slightly.
How to Make Pulled Pork Sweet Potatoes
You can make your own pulled pork or purchase it pre-made. If you have an Instant Pot, here’s our recipe to make the pulled pork. It’s fast and efficient. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you could follow this slow cooker method.
Mix the pulled pork and most of the BBQ sauce in a bowl. I usually make my own BBQ sauce because we love our bourbon bbq sauce recipe, but we also use Sweet Baby Rays. Reserve some sauce to drizzle on the top of the potato.
Once the potatoes have cooled for 5-10 minutes, cut a slit down the middle and pinch the potato open to expose the interior. You might want to fluff up the potato with a fork. Then season with salt and pepper. This is an important step you don’t want to miss. Potatoes really gain a lot of flavor from the salt.
Top each potato with pulled pork, chopped onions, avocado, sour cream, and cilantro. Drizzle on the remaining BBQ sauce.
Why Poke Holes in the Potatoes?
If you’ve never had a potato explode in the oven or microwave, you probably don’t want to start now. Poking holes in the potato helps steam escape while cooking, which will hopefully prevent potatoes being splattered all over your oven.
If you put just a few holes in each side of the potato, they will steam nicely and won’t split open as they cook. So don’t skip this step!
Does it Take Longer to Cook Sweet Potatoes?
If you’re used to baking regular baking potatoes, you might be wondering if it takes longer to bake sweet potatoes. The answer is no. They take about the same amount of time, which is about 50-60 minutes.
This timing and the high temperature allows the interior to cook to a fluffy center while the outside becomes slightly crisp. That’s what makes these so irresistible. The crispy shell and soft fluffy center.
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Pulled Pork Sweet Potatoes
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- 4 ounces pulled pork
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 tablespoon chopped onions
- 1/2 avocado sliced
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- Cilantro for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Clean the sweet potatoes.
- Coat the exterior with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place them on a baking sheet and poke several holes in both sides of the potatoes with a fork.
- Roast for 40 to 50 minutes, or until slightly crispy on the outside and soft when pinched with your fingers. Remove the potatoes to a plate to cool slightly.
- Mix the pulled pork and most of the BBQ sauce in a bowl. Reserve some sauce to drizzle on the top of the potato.
- Once the potatoes have cooled for 5-10 minutes, cut a slit down the middle and pinch to expose the interior. Season with salt and pepper.
- Top with pulled pork, chopped onions, avocado, sour cream, and cilantro. Drizzle on the remaining BBQ sauce.
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