Pork & Waffles is our take on the world famous BBQ Butt Fries. Waffle fries are the perfect vessel for slow cooked pulled pork, drizzled in BBQ sauce, and topped with fresh scallions.
Several years ago we were attending a local Christmas parade, watching the brightly lit floats drive by, with people throwing out candy and beads.
The kids laughing, shouting, and dashing out between floats and high school bands to grab the candy and goodies that littered the streets. It was super crowded, and we were located near the stat of the parade, because that’s where the best seats were.
This particular parade is located through our huge strip mall, Pier Park. At the start of the parade just so happens to be where all the big named seafood restaurants are located, so the smells of freshly fried shrimp and fish waft out the doors as they open and close.
However, one thing that lingered in the air that night was not seafood or fried food related. That night slow cooked BBQ lingered in the air, and it smelled downright scrumptious.
A pickup truck that was pulling a small barn, with a pig stuck in the chimney was coming around the corner, and we quickly realized that the wonderful smell was coming from it.
It’s a local BBQ joint that, I’m assuming was somewhat new at the time, because we had never heard of it before. Smokin’ Butts BBQ was a name though, that we would never forget.
Unfortunately, it was at least 5 years before we ever got to taste anything from them. It’s not that we didn’t try, it’s just that we never went looking for them, and every time we saw their mobile restaurant, we had already eaten, or were in a hurry, and there was always a long line.
Finally the timing was perfect!
We were at an event two years ago, and they had their mobile restaurant setup. Zack was hungry, and got in the long line to grab a bite to eat. He saw the “world famous butt fries” sign, and knew that is what he had to get.
One bite, and we both knew why they were world famous! Since we never seem to be around anywhere they are at, I knew that I had to come up with a version of my own, and Pork & Waffles (fries) was born!
In the famous butt fries, they use a crinkle cut potato. While a crinkle cut potato is quite tasty, I wanted a vessel that you could scoop up and eat with your fingers, and I knew that waffle fries were the perfect fry choice. You could literally use any pork roast you want, as long as you can shred it up, it will work.
The one thing you shouldn’t bend with is the potato! This recipe works best with waffle cut. I love all potatoes, but there is something about waffle cut that you can do so much more with. You can load it up, like I did here, or just dip it in your favorite sauce.
How do I make Pork & Waffles?
Start by placing a 4 lb pork roast in the slow cooker. I just use a generic BBQ rub that I picked up at the store. Any will do, or you could get all fancy and make your own. I don’t measure this, I just sprinkle it all over, top, bottom, and all the sides. Turn the slow cooker on high, and cook for 9 hours.
Shred the roast up, and set aside.
Bake your waffle cut fries in the oven, according to the package directions. When the fries are ready, plate up! Pile those potatoes high, you want to be able to eat this without fork! Top those fries with some pulled pork, and drizzle with your favorite smoky BBQ sauce.
Chop up some fresh scallions, and toss on top for some extra freshness.
Grab a bite and enjoy these Pork & Waffles (Fries)!
As you can see the waffle cut fries are the perfect potato for my version of the world famous butt fries. Of course the potato is a culinary canvas for unlimited possibilities. They are perfect in so many recipes that I make, and I use potatoes in most of my one pan meals, because they are so convenient.
How do I pick out the best pork for Pork & Waffles (Fries)?
Make sure your pork roast has a thick layer of fat on the bottom – this is flavor!
You do not need a roast with a bone in it. I like buying them without, because you pay for the bone.
What is the best spice blend for pulled pork?
I literally use a generic brand of a BBQ rub. It works. You can use whatever you’d like, or make your own blend.
Can I make this pork in the oven?
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Season your roast on all sides.
Heat a dutch oven, with two tablespoons oil, over medium to high heat. Once heated, quickly sear all sides. Make sure to check, and not allow to burn.
Transfer to the oven and cover with a lid that fits the dutch oven or foil, and allow to cook for 2 ½ to 3 hours.
Remove the lid or foil and allow to finish cooking until the pork easily pulls apart with a fork.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest while the fries bake.
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- Orange Maple Roasted Carrots
- Skinny Broccoli Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
- Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 4 lb pork roast
- 1 bag waffle cut fries
- smokey bbq sauce
- bbq spice rub
- 1 bunch scallions, sliced
- Season the pork roast with a bbq spice rub, making sure to season all sides. Place in the slow cooker for 9 hours. When the roast is cooked through, remove, and shred the pork. Set aside.
- Bake the waffle fries, according the package directions.
- When the waffle fries are cooked, on a plate, layer the waffle fries, pulled pork, bbq sauce, and scallions. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 326mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 25g