Stuffed sweet potatoes are one of my favorite meals. They are so easy to throw together and so very versatile. This recipe is for a perfect barbecue pulled pork recipe to top a simple baked sweet potato. Alongside a side salad or your favorite vegetable, this is a perfect meal for the whole family!
!My crispy Brussels sprouts recipe is the perfect healthy side to go alongside this easy stuffed sweet potatoes recipe!
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
One of my all-time favorite foods is a nice baked sweet potato. Of course, you need a bit more than just a sweet potato to create a full meal. So, this recipe for stuffed sweet potatoes has become a new family favorite. My simple slow cooker pulled pork recipe pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the sweet potato and the spicy hint of smoky flavor in the barbecue sauce.
Can I Microwave the Sweet Potatoes?
If you are short on time, or if it is in the heat of summer and you don’t want to turn on the oven, a microwave is a good alternative. The outer skin doesn’t get as crispy, so it can be a bit harder to hold up under the pork, but the flavor is just as good as if you had oven-roasted the potatoes before loading with pulled pork. A stuffed sweet potato doesn’t have to be complicated, so if microwaving is easier – that’s the way to go! You can also cook your sweet potatoes in the slow cooker, this is another easy way to prepare them ahead of time.
What is the Best BBQ Sauce for Pulled Pork?
My personal preference if I am not making my own homemade BBQ sauce is to use Stubb’s BBQ sauces. The original flavor is amazing, and they also make spicier or sweeter options to fit your preferences. If you don’t have Stubb’s at your local store, simply use your own personal favorite jar of BBQ sauce for this recipe.
More Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet potatoes are full of antioxidants and are packed with lots of naturally sweet flavors. They adapt easily into sweet recipes but are also great for s savory meal like this one.
If you’re looking for another sweet potato recipe, try my twice-baked sweet potatoes recipe. This recipe is definitely more on the side of sweetness but is still a great side dish for any meal. I especially like to prepare this recipe when I have leftover baked sweet potatoes from another meal.
- extra virgin olive oil
- Pork loin roast
- Chili powder
- Brown sugar
- Black pepper
- Minced garlic
- Stubb’s BBQ Sauce
- Apple cider vinegar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Sweet potatoes
How to Make Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe is best when you cook the pork loin in a slow cooker, so my first step is always to prepare the slow cooker. I then season the meat and sear in a hot skillet on all sides for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Then transfer the seared meat to the slow cooker.
In the slow cooker, you will also pour the broth and onion. Set your pork loin on top of the onions in the slow cooker, then close the lid and cook on low for 8-9 hours. If in a hurry, you can also cook on high for 4-5 hours.
Prepare the baked sweet potatoes by placing them into the oven about 1 hour prior to the time your meat will be ready. Alternately, begin cooking in the microwave about 20 minutes prior to time to eat. Cook in 5-minute increments in the microwave until tender.
Once the pork has cooked through, remove it from the slow cooker and pull/shred with forks.
Open your sweet potatoes and top with pork, then a drizzle bbq sauce over the top.
Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 sweet onions cut into chunks or sliced
- 2 pounds boneless pork loin roast
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar (divided) you will reserve 1/2 tablespoon for the sauce
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 cup Stubb's® Original All Natural Bar-B-Q Sauce
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 8 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- Spray the inside of a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add onions to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Trim fat from pork. In a small bowl, mix chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, salt, and pepper. Rub mixture evenly over pork.
- Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet. Turn heat to high and when the skillet and oil are hot, sear the pork on all sides for 30-45 seconds per side.
- Place seared meat in a slow cooker resting on top of onions (if necessary, cut meat to fit into the slow cooker).
- In a medium-sized bowl mix together the beef broth and minced garlic. Pour over the pork. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-9 hours or on high for 4-4.5 hours.
- 45 minutes before pork is ready, set oven to 400º F. Wash sweet potatoes and pierce each sweet potato several times with a fork. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 45 minutes, until potatoes are tender. (To save time you can microwave your sweet potatoes! Puncture each sweet potato several times with a fork. Evenly arrange potatoes in a microwave-safe dish. Cook on high for 4-5 minutes for the first potato, plus 2-3 minutes for each additional potato. Flip potatoes halfway through cooking.)
- After the pork has cooked, remove the meat from the slow cooker and place it in a large bowl.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove onion chunks and place them in the same bowl as the pork. Using two forks, pull the pork apart.
- In another large bowl, combine BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar. Pour over shredded pork and onions; mix thoroughly to coat.
- Using a knife, slice sweet potatoes down the middle, creating an open center. Fill each sweet potato with 4-ounces of the meat mixture.
- Optional: drizzle ½ tablespoon of BBQ sauce back and fourth over the top of each potato.
Calories from fat: 28
Saturated Fat: 1g