Discover the ultimate comfort food with a pulled pork loaded potato — a perfect blend of rustic simplicity and gourmet taste that promises to impress and satisfy with every forkful.

There is a unique sense of joy that comes with digging into a pulled pork loaded potato, a hearty offering that unites the tender, smoky allure of pulled pork and the comforting softness of a perfectly baked potato. Every layer is thoughtfully constructed — from the pillowy interior of the potato, to the mouthwatering combination of shredded cheese, sour cream, and finely sliced green onions. Optional add-ons, such as jalapeño slices, crispy fried onions, and homemade nacho cheese sauce, further customize this dish to your personal preference. All this topped with succulent pulled pork which, if desired, can be made even saucier with a touch of barbecue sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use as a substitute for russet potatoes?

You can use other types of potatoes such as sweet potatoes, Yukon gold, or red potatoes. However, keep in mind that different types of potatoes have different textures and come in different sizes. A yukon gold or red potato will be significantly smaller than a russett potato but absolutely works and could even be used to transform this dish into an appetizer. Sweet potatoes are more similar in size.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Feel free to use any type of cheese you prefer that would melt well. Sharp cheddar, mozzarella, gouda, or pepper jack would all be delicious.

Is there a vegetarian option for this recipe?

Yes, for a vegetarian option, you can substitute the pulled pork with a vegetarian-friendly alternative like jackfruit or even mushrooms.

Can I use a microwave to cook my potatoes instead of the oven?

Yes, you can use a microwave to cook the potatoes. Poke holes in the potatoes as indicated, rub with oil and salt, and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Turn over, then microwave for another 5 minutes. They are done when a fork easily goes into the flesh.

Can I add additional toppings?

Yes, this recipe is quite versatile. Feel free to add other toppings such as bacon, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, or anything else that you like on your loaded potatoes.

Pulled Pork Options

Not sure what pulled pork to use? We absolutely love Slow Cooker Honey-Chipotle Pulled Pork, Kalua Pork, and even Pulled Ham, but you can also use store-bought pulled pork if you’re in a pinch!


  • If you’re looking to reduce the sodium in this recipe, opt for unsalted butter and a low-sodium cheese.
  • If you don’t consume dairy, plant-based cheeses and dairy-free sour cream can be used.
  • Those avoiding pork can use shredded chicken or a plant-based meat substitute.
  • If the pulled pork isn’t saucy enough for your liking, adding barbecue sauce is an easy fix.

Serving Suggestions

This pulled pork loaded potato can be the star of a cozy family dinner or the crowd-pleaser at your next backyard barbecue. Pair it with a simple side salad for a balanced meal, or with cornbread for an extra touch of Southern flair.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F until warmed through, about 15-20 minutes.

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