Recipes like Fajita Pasta or Loaded Mashed Potato Balls use simple ingredients and turn them into something different, fun and interesting! This hot Pulled Pork Sundae follows suit, layering simple mashed potatoes and BBQ pork for a taste sensation that is as much fun to serve as it is to eat!
Pulled Pork Sundae
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I am so excited to partner with Bob Evans to create this reimagined family favorite recipe! For an even bigger touch of whimsy, layer it in a sundae dish! Pork and mashed potato sundaes are family friendly, kid approved and guaranteed to bring even the fussiest eaters to the table for dinner.
Bob Evans creamy mashed potatoes make this a total breeze while the crock pot does all of the work of making the pork tender.
What Cut Is Best For Pulled Pork?
The hands down best and tastiest cut of pork is pork butt. Believe it or not, pork butt comes from the shoulder, not the back end. The name is derived from the barrels, or “butts” as they were known, where pork was stored for curing before the days of refrigeration.
Pork shoulder is a tough, fatty and flavorful cut that benefits from either pressure cooking or slow cooking to break down the fibers. It also tends to be packaged as a large cut, up to 5 pounds. But don’t worry about cooking too much, leftovers will keep in the freezer for months.
How To Make Pulled Pork
The easiest and quickest way to get your meat ready for BBQ pork sundaes is to make slow cooker pulled pork.
- Sear the 3 – 4 pounds of meat in a skillet, then transfer to crock pot with two cups of liquid.
- Cook on high for 4 hours, then on low for another 4.
- Shred and serve.
Alternately, you can make an Instant Pot pulled pork. Start by cutting the meat into large chunks. Then follow these steps.
- Set your Instant Pot to sear and brown each edge.
- Deglaze the pot with ½ cup water, add the seared pork and another cup of liquid and cook on high for 45 minutes.
- Natural release for 15 minutes.
- Shred or chop and serve.
Making Perfect Mashed Potato Scoops
Simply heat and stir Bob Evans mashed potatoes and have your ice cream scoop ready and waiting. Everyone will enjoy assembling their own mashed potato sundaes. It really is fun for family dinner. This recipe is all about giving the kids permission to go ahead and play with their food!
Other Kid Approved Toppings
Everybody loves adding toppings to their food, so try some of these fun topping suggestions.
- Sprinkles: Crumble up and sprinkle on potato chips, veggie chips for a little extra color and crunch. Bacon bits and grated cheddar are easy and tasty toppings as well.
- Sauce: Set out a bowl of the bbq sauce from the slow cooker and sauce ladle for everyone to apply as they wish.
- Straws: String cheese looks almost like a straw, poking out of the potato scoops.
What About The Leftovers?
Leftover mashed potatoes and pulled pork will keep in the fridge for up to four days. They are also super easy to freeze, and both will retain their quality for up to four months. Pulled pork can be stored in freezer bags or containers.
Meanwhile, the ice cream scoop you already have on hand is the perfect tool for making convenient individual portions. Layer two scoops per portion on a platter or cookie sheet and freeze. When hardened, transfer each portion to large freezer bags.
To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator or microwave. Cover while reheating in the oven or microwave, to prevent them from drying out.
Other Delicious Pork Recipes To Try!
- Pork Chop & Potato Bake – An easy, complete meal.
- Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops – Delicious crockpot recipe.
- Easy Pulled Pork Sliders – perfect party food.
- Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy – a classic dinner.
- Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin – so tender and juicy.
Pulled Pork Sundaes
- 4 lbs pork shoulder
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package Bob Evans mashed potatoes heated
- 2 cups prepared coleslaw
- 8 cherry tomatoes
- Combine barbecue sauce, water, and brown sugar.
- Season pork with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place in the bottom of a 6 qt slow cooker and top with sauce mixture. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours until tender.
- Remove pork from the slow cooker and reserve 1 cup of sauce for serving.
- Shred pork and stir into the remaining sauce. Place a generous portion of pork into the bottom of a small bowl or sundae dish. Add 1/4 cup of coleslaw to each dish.
- Top with a scoop of mashed potatoes. Drizzle with reserved sauce and a "cherry" tomato on top.