Ultimate Pulled Pork Stuffed Potato Skins (a.k.a. Pigskins)

pulled pork potato skins on a pewter platter.

Craving a really hearty potato skins recipe? These pulled pork potato skins are off the charts good! They’re seasoned with Kansas City rub, layered with BBQ pulled pork and topped with plenty of melty cheddar. These stuffed potato skins are easy to make and perfect for game day celebrations.

Our Super Bowl (Pigskin) Ritual

As much as people love football, I’ve never been a fan. However, when the Super Bowl comes around, I can’t deny my family their game day enthusiasm.

So, to make it more interesting (for me) and tasty (for them), our Super Bowl tradition is to make a football party spread that represents the regional flavors of two competing teams.

This year it’s Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay! I shared a recipe for stone crabs with creamy mustard sauce on Wednesday in homage to the Bucs. Today, it’s about the Chiefs.

Since Kansas City was in the Super Bowl last year, too (2020), I’d already highlighted the team with some awesome Kansas City Smoked Spareribs.

Pivoting this year, I’ve got some crispy, tender, Kansas City Pulled Pork stuffed potato skins (a.k.a. PIGSKINS). You heard me. And ooohhhh – are they GOOD!

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baking and scooping potato shells.

I came up with this savory spuds idea because crispy, cheesy potato skins are a popular game day snack. As I ruminated on how to make these potato skins special for Kansas City, my husband kept bringing up last year’s Kansas City pork spareribs.

Skins.

Pork.

Skins.

Pig.

Then it dawned on me… Stuff the potato skins with BBQ pulled pork. Pig-skins – like football. I crack myself up.

What you’ll need for pulled pork potato skins

Make ahead preparations

This is really a simple potato skins recipe to assemble, especially if you’ve done some of the preparations ahead of time. In fact, I recommend it.

The rub

The all purpose Kansas City Rub is ever present in my spice cabinet and only takes 5 minutes to assemble.

The BBQ sauce

My homemade Jim Beam BBQ Sauce is spicy, smoky with a solid shot of bourbon that’s lip-smacking good. It’s ready in about 15 minutes.

Pulled pork tenderloin

The Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Tenderloin recipe is made with both the Kansas City rub and Jim Beam BBQ sauce and it can be made several days ahead, so that when it’s game-time, all you have to do is assemble the stuffed potato skins and bake.

making Kansas City butter for seasoning the spuds.

Tips for choosing the best potatoes

  • Russet potatoes work best for this “pig” skins recipe.
  • Buy fresh potatoes that don’t have blemishes or “eyes” growing out of them.
  • Look for potatoes that are between 3 1/2″ to 5″ long. Any larger takes this recipe from game day snack to a full on dinner.

To make stuffed potato skins, the spuds first need to be baked whole until they’re tender.

How to bake potatoes

A good stuffed potato skin should be crispy and crackly on the outside and tender and chewy on the inside. Here’s how it starts:

  1. Scrub the potatoes under running water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Rub the potatoes with a little olive oil, so that they glisten, but aren’t wet with oil.
  3. Bake the spuds in a hot oven on a rimmed baking sheet until they’re tender.
  4. Let them rest at room temperature until they’re cool enough to handle.
brushing potato skins with seasoned butter.

Once the potatoes are baked, they’re ready to be SKINNED.

How to make potato skins

  1. Turn the oven temperature up to 425°, so that you get really crispy skins.
  2. With a sharp knife, cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop the innards from the tuber, leaving a 1/4″ border of potato flesh around the sides and bottom.
  4. Melt the butter and add the Kansas City rub.
  5. Brush the potato shells (inside and out) with the Kansas City Butter and place them upside down on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn them right side up and bake for 5 minutes more.
baking potato skins and filling with pulled pork.

The potato skins will be crispy, tender and ready to be stuffed with BBQ pulled pork.

  1. Fill the baked shells with enough pulled pork to slightly mound over the rim.
  2. Drizzle the pulled pork potato skins with bbq sauce.
  3. Top with shredded cheese and bake until the pulled pork is hot and the cheese is melty, about 5-8 minutes.
topping stuffed potato skins with barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese.

You could just eat the pulled pork pigskins right from the oven. They’re wonderful with the rich bbq pork tenderloin and sweet smoky Kansas City Rub, but if you want to dress them up, here’s a few ideas:

How to garnish pulled pork potato skins

  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Pink Pickled Onions
  • Dill Pickle Chips
  • Crushed Pork Rinds
  • Pepperoncini Peppers
  • Spoonful of Coleslaw
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Bacon Bits
  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Additional BBQ Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Sliced Avocado or Guacamole

If you’re having a group of people, set up a potato skins bar with a myriad of toppings, so everyone can pile on their favorites?

pulled pork potato skins hot from the oven.

Pigskin Potato Skins FAQ’s

Can I make the potato skins recipe in advance?

Yes, you can make the potato skins right up to the point before you stuff them with pulled pork. Keep them covered and refrigerated until you’re ready to assemble. Remove the potato skin shells from the refrigerator about half an hour before you’re going to fill them, so that they can come to room temperature.

Can I freeze potato skins?

Technically, yes. Seal them well in an airtight container. For best flavor, I wouldn’t freeze pulled pork potato skins for more than month.

What can I do with leftovers?

Assuming you have leftovers… One of our favorites is to reheat stuffed potato skins in a 325° oven for 8-10 minutes (add a little extra cheese to get melty and then top them with a fried egg! It’s the ultimate breakfast or brunch!

Scott, my significant other, kept going on about these pulled pork stuffed spuds. He’s right. They’re meaty, unctuous, sweet and smoky with an oozy cheesy finish with each bite. The skins are crispy and chewy and you get a wonderful pulled pork flavor throughout.

I think the Kansas City Chiefs would go ga-ga for these… but they’ve gotta play in the game, so more for us!

garnishing stuffed potato skins and serving on a platter.

If you make this recipe, please take a photo and tag me (@garlicandzest) on social media so I can share it with all of our followers!

closeup shot of potato skins recipe.

More hearty game day fare you might like:

Previous Super Bowl recipes:

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5 from 7 votes

Kansas City Style BBQ Pulled Pork Pigskins (Potato Skins)

The ultimate Game Day fare, these crispy potato skins are filled with savory pulled pork, melty cheese and BBQ sauce. Use my Kansas City Rub and Jim Beam BBQ sauce for awesome Kansas City flavor, or used good quality store bought sauce to save time.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword potato skins, pulled pork
Dietary Restrictions Egg Free, Gluten-Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 12

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 small russet baking potatoes each about 3 1/2″ to 5″ in lenth
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoon Kansas City Spice Rub divided
  • 2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 recipe Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork warmed through
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • sour cream for serving
  • Jim Beam BBQ Sauce for serving

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Scrub the potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel. Use a very sharp knife to poke several venting holes into the potatoes.
  • Pour a little olive oil (about 1/2 teaspoon at a time) into your hands and rub the potatoes so they are well coated in olive oil.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet and bake for one hour or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Let the potatoes cool for 15 minutes until they’re cool enough to handle. Use a very sharp knife to slice the potatoes in half, lengthwise.
  • Turn the oven up to 425°.
  • Use a small spoon to scoop the flesh from the potatoes, leaving about 1/4″ rim of potato flesh in each skin. Set aside.
  • Add the butter and 1 tablespoon of the Kansas City Spice Rub to a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave in 20 to 30 second bursts until the butter is melted. Add the worcestershire sauce and stir to combine.
  • Brush each of the skins with the butter mixture on the inside and outside. Transfer the potato skins to a rimmed baking sheet, cut side down and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Flip the potato skins and sprinkle them with the remaining Kansas City Dry Rub mixture. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Fill the potato skins with 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the Instant pot Pulled pork. Top with grated cheddar cheese and bake for 5-8 minutes until warm and bubbly.
  • Serve with sour cream, extra BBQ Sauce and chopped parlsey — you know for a little color and green…

NUTRITION:

Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 514IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 3mg

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Sooooo yummy! These potato skins came out so crispy and delicious. I accidentally defrosted pork AND beef so I made pulled pork and beef which was the best mistake! Flavored the meat myself, but used the cooking directions for the potatoes and it was PERFECT.

  2. 5 stars
    Potato skins and pulled pork are a perfect partner. Love this recipe, we are planning to serve them on Sunday for the big game. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    5 stars
    This has to be the most genius idea for pulled pork .. I am not a huge bread fan but love potato this is a win win for me I am so making this! thanks so much!

  4. 5 stars
    My fmaily loves potato skins and this pulled pork version really takes it to the next level. We will definitely be making these again!

  5. 5 stars
    Totally drooling over here. I think I’m going to make these for dinner this weekend. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    WOW! Whats better than cheesy, crispy, wholesome goodness! This is coming right on time for the big Game Day! Luckily I have everything on hand. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This recipe sounds awesome but I don’t have an instant pot. How do I proceed without the instant pot. Thank you!

    1. You can use a crock pot or dutch oven to slow cook the pork, Sear the pork first, then continue cooking in a crock pot for 6 hours on low. If you use a dutch oven, sear the meat, add the rest of the ingredients and bring it to a simmer. Transfer it to a 300° oven with a tight fitting lid and cook for 2 hours until the meat is very tender.