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Pulled Pork Taters

This recipe is as hearty as it gets—part bbq pork, part potatoes, completely delicious. My family can't get enough of this bbq baked potato recipe. —Shannon M Harris, Tyler, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional


  • Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with onion. Combine the ketchup, root beer, vinegar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt, pepper and mustard; pour over top. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 6-8 hours.
  • Meanwhile, scrub and pierce potatoes. Bake at 400° until tender, 50-55 minutes.
  • Remove pork; shred meat with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 2 minutes. Return meat to cooking juices; heat through.
  • With a sharp knife, cut an "X" in each potato; fluff with a fork. Top each with butter and pork mixture; top with sour cream. Sprinkle with cheese and, if desired, green onions.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Sharp cheddar cheese has been aged longer than regular cheddar. As cheese ages, its flavor becomes more pronounced. Using aged cheese in a recipe can add complexity and rich flavor, even to humble favorites like mac ’n’ cheese.
  • Three ounces (a serving the size of a deck of cards) of cooked sirloin steak, pork loin, tuna, chicken or turkey breast provides about 25 grams of protein.
  • Check out 30 more baked potato recipes you'll love.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 795 calories, 29g fat (18g saturated fat), 145mg cholesterol, 1677mg sodium, 89g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 7g fiber), 44g protein.

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    • kennedy22
      Oct 28, 2020

      I had about a cup of leftover pulled pork and found this recipe.... other than having the pulled pork already made I followed the recipe and it's already in my cookbook. My husband loved it!! Said I could make them anytime... Thanks for sharing!!

    • Feen
      Apr 15, 2014

      I followed this recipe to a T to use as pulled pork sandwiches. It cooked up nicely, and the texture was good but the flavor was too heavy with root beer, even after cooking it so long.

    • jgaumer
      Sep 23, 2012

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    • samshar1
      Jul 14, 2012

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    • shecooksalot
      Jul 11, 2012

      Made this today and it was excellent!!! We used it more as a pulled pork sandwich than over the potatoes. Looking forward to trying it over potatoes!! I cut out 1/2 the salt (used only 1 tsp) and the flavor was still excellent. Another bonus, my kids didn't even notice the onion (which is rare!)If you're needing to shred boneless meat for a recipe, an excellent tip that I've found is to put it in your stand mixer. Shreds like a dream and in no time flat. Makes recipes like this a little easier. Will definately be making again, soon!!!!

    • sstetzel
      Jul 10, 2012

      Sugar is listed on nutrition labels as a subcategory of the carbohydrate. We only list total carbohydrates, not the individual sugar and fiber break downs. Hope that helps. You could use any dark soda in place of the root beer with good results.

    • 123Lon
      Jul 10, 2012

      Leaving out the salt and using low sodium for the other ingredients would help lower the sodium content of this recipe. My question is, what could be used in place of root beer soda? I see sugar isn't listed in the nutrition facts.

    • vacrafty1
      Jul 9, 2012

      I had this at a church lunchon and it was a meal in itself. Had very good flavor.

    • dearcat
      Jul 9, 2012

      This recipe was excellent when made without the hot sauce and cheese. Sour cream was optional.

    • azwettler
      Jul 9, 2012

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