This BBQ Loaded Baked Potato Recipe is an easy throw-together dinner that's also an excellent way to repurpose leftovers. Full of all the delicious BBQ flavors we all know and love, this is a total weeknight winner!
BBQ Loaded Baked Potato Recipe
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Check out some of my other potato recipes:
- Homemade Scalloped Potatoes
- Cheesy Ranch Potato Wedges
- Cheddar and Broccoli Twice Baked Potatoes
- Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes
One of my favorite ways to throw together a quick dinner (and sometimes repurpose leftovers) is making stuffed potatoes. It's so easy to make a baked potato and dress it up with all the delicious fixings you have on hand and the flavor combo possibilities are basically endless!
For this particular recipe, I like to use my crazy easy pulled pork recipe. It makes a ton of leftovers, which means you'll be on your way to loaded potato heaven before you know it! And because it comes together so effortlessly, you can totally throw these together on those nights when things get crazy or you forgot to plan.
Tips for making this loaded Baked Potato Recipe
- Before baking the potatoes I washed them each and scrubbed them well to remove any dirt. Then I stabbed them a few times with a fork, sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkled with kosher salt.
- You can easily make the pulled pork in advance and then reheat it before stuffing the baked potatoes. I like to make sure the pork is almost heated through so that you don't over cook the potatoes.
- I purposely left off amounts so that you can use more or less of whatever ingredients to your taste.
- When stuffing the potatoes, make sure you fluff up the inside potatoes and season them with butter, salt, pepper and a little cheese. The goal is to have the inside of the potato just as flavorful as the top and outside.
- Be generous with the amount of pork you top the potatoes with but don't go too heavy with the extra BBQ sauce. A light drizzle is a good place to start and then you can serve extra on the side.
- Chives make an excellent and delicious garnish.
How do I make the perfect baked potato?
I wrote an entire post on how to make the perfect baked potato every time!
What if I don't have a full hour to wait for the potatoes to bake?
No problem, you can speed up the baking process by nuking the potatoes in the microwave for around 5 minutes (give or take based on the size of the potatoes). Make sure you poke them a few times with a fork first and then finish them in the oven until they're fork tender, usually 2o-30 minutes depending on size.
Can I make stuffed baked potatoes ahead?
Yes, but for optimal texture (and to prevent them from drying out), I'd encourage you to assemble the ingredients ahead- cook and shred the pork, bake the potatoes etc. - and reheat them in the microwave for they're already warm before assembling.
How long to loaded potatoes last?
The ingredients usually last a couple days covered in the refrigerator.
Ingredients for making Loaded Baked Potatoes
- Baked potatoes
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Pulled pork
- BBQ sauce
How to make Loaded Baked Potatoes
- Bake the potatoes until fork tender (see this post for tons of great tips).
- Slice open the top of the potato and push the sides in slightly to open more.
- Use a fork to gently fluff up the inside of the potato. Season to taste with butter, salt, pepper and a little shredded cheddar.
- Top with plenty of pulled pork. Drizzle the pork with a little BBQ sauce and sprinkle on a little more shredded cheddar.
- Bake for around 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Sprinkle with chopped chives and devour!
BBQ Loaded Baked Potato Recipe
- 4 russet potatoes, cleaned
- Olive oil cooking spray
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 1-2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 ½ cups pulled pork
- BBQ Sauce, to taste
- Chives, chopped (garnish)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment.
- Use a fork and poke a few holes into each potato. Spray with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle with a little kosher salt.
- Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until fork tender. Towards the end of baking, heat the pulled pork if it isn't already.
- Slice each potato length-wise across the top and carefully press the ends in to slightly open more. Use a fork to gently loosen up and fluff the potatoes inside the skin.
- Add some butter, salt, pepper and cheddar cheese to the inside of the potato.
- Top with a liberal amount of pulled pork. Drizzle lightly with BBQ sauce and sprinkle with a little more cheddar cheese.
- Return the pan to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.
- Sprinkle with chives and serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side.
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