Pulled Pork Cheese Fries

Pulled Pork Cheese FriesYep…I made Pulled Pork Cheese Fries. I’m sure you’ve seen that a certain fast food restaurant is offering such a dish…I showed a picture of the restaurant version to Jay whose eyes immediately glazed over and he insisted I make them ASAP. So I did, with a little help from Hamilton Beach and their Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker.

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Programmable Slow CookerThis thing is really cool. The pulled pork I used in this recipe is the second thing I’ve made using this slow cooker. I also used it to make the shredded beef for my French Dip Sandwiches.

When I made the French Dip, I just used the manual setting, which is akin to your standard slow cooker–Set it to High or Low, and walk away. This time, I used the Probe setting:

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker - ProbeThis allows you to set the temperature at which you want your meat cooked. Once the probe hits that temp, the slow cooker will switch to “Warm,” and keep your food warm until you’re ready for it! When I started, my pork shoulder was rather cool:

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker - TempThe other nice thing about the Probe setting is that it switches between the Desired Temperature (what you eventually want it cooked to), and the Actual Temperature. That’s nice, because you can periodically check your dish’s progress, while you’re bustling about doing other things.

I have not yet used the Program function–I know, seeing as this is a programmable slow cooker and all. But that is similar to the Manual function–You just set the length of time you want your dish to cook for, and once it’s done (like with the Probe function), it switches to “Warm,” in case you’re not quite ready yet!

Pulled Pork Cheese FriesAnd it made perfectly delicious pulled pork. Which I then put on top of cheese fries.

I will say that other than the pulled pork (because the beauty of making it in the slow cooker is that you can indeed set and forget it!), making the rest is a little time-consuming. I made homemade BBQ sauce as well as homemade fries, but feel free to use your favorite bottled sauce, and whatever frozen fries you like.

Pulled Pork Cheese Fries

Pulled Pork Cheese Fries
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes


For the Pulled Pork:

  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3-4 lb. pork shoulder, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 C barbecue sauce, homemade or store-bought, divided

For the Cheese Fries:

  • 3 medium Russet potatoes
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 1 C shredded cheddar-jack cheese


Combine the first five ingredients to make the spice rub. Rub over all sides of the pork shoulder, then place in the slow cooker. Cover with 1 cup of the barbecue sauce, and cook until the pork reaches a temperature of 160 degrees F. Shred, and return to the slow cooker.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes, and cut into 1/4-inch sticks. Toss with about 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and salt to taste. Spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet, and cook for 40-45 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking time.

Push the fries together in 4 separate piles. Top with 1/4 cup of cheese, and pop back into the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Place the fries on plates, topping with some of the pulled pork and a couple Tbsp. of the remaining barbecue sauce.

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It’s that sort of food that you just know is horribly bad for you, but it tastes SO good!

Pulled Pork Cheese FriesHamilton Beach is allowing me to give away a Set & Forget 6-Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker to one of my readers! As usual, all I ask is for a comment. I hate giveaways that make you jump through a bajillion hoops, or beg for followers on social media. I would love it if you followed me on Facebook or Twitter or even Instagram (since I’m so new there!), but I’m not going to make it a requirement. Simply tell me what you’d make if you won this slow cooker. A big batch of Buffalo Chicken Dip? Pulled Pork? A Pot Roast? Or something sweet like a bread pudding or applesauce? Leave a comment and let me know!

HB_OCT_33967_slowcooker_blogger_7The giveaway will run from now until Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM CST. I will choose the winner using a random number generator, then email the winner (so make sure you leave an email address in the contact section–I’m the only one who sees it). The winner will have 48 hours to respond, before another winner is chosen. This giveaway is open only to those in the US, and the winner must be 18 years of age or older. Hamilton Beach cannot ship to PO Boxes.

DISCLOSURE: Hamilton Beach provided me with the slow cooker to review. No other monetary compensation has been given. All thoughts and opinions are my own.They will be providing the same to the giveaway winner.

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30 Replies to “Pulled Pork Cheese Fries”

  1. I like to make chili, beans, rice, in a slow cooker. Thank you for the chance :)

  2. Chili and beef stew are my favorites to do in the slow cooker! But I also do shredded meat for sandwiches or tacos. Do you have grandma Roe’s recipe for English brown beef stew? I just add some extra liquid to adapt it for the slow cooker, and it’s a frequent occurrence on our table in the winter. Yum!

    • This is the best stew recipe ever, Inga! (Did grandma submit it for your wedding cookbook?) I use both the vinegar and lemon juice, as well as the ketchup, in the English stew…it adds extra liquid & a zesty tang! This stew recipe came from Grace Masterson, a distant cousin of Uncle Doc & Aunt Alma Foss, who lived with them in Inwood for several years. Bob & Grace lived in grandma’s house before she & grandpa moved back to Inwood.

  3. I would make anything you challenged me to. That thing is beautiful! Great pix btw. You make everything look amazing!

    • Haha, thanks Kristin! :) Get a chuck roast & cook it with enchilada sauce (and I can give you a recipe for a super-easy homemade sauce)–The Bambino scarfed it up like it was his 1st meal in months! And if a 6-year-old will inhale it, you know it’s good!

  4. I have Gramdma Roe’s recipes for a lot of things. ;-) Would try to make her soy sauce chicken wings in it, as well as Midwest Living’s Block Party Calico Beans (a frequent Inwood mainstay!). Ps, I need a new crockpot… :-)

  5. Now that fall is in full-force, I’m all about soup! Every year I have tons on new soup recipes to try.

  6. I made a crock pot lasagna yesterday & used the “warm” setting so it wouldn’t burn/dry out before I got home from work 11 hours later. I had asked my husband to find the programmable outlet adapter in the Christmas decorations box in the attic so I could start it later but that request was met with a you-have-to-be-kidding look so needless to say we would use this a lot.

  7. I use my 80’s crock pot all year round. Would love to have a new up dated crock that has more than just high and low. I have some new crock pot recipes to try in that crock pot.

  8. i want to try and make homemade applesauce or just to try some new recipes this would be so neat to have.

  9. This looks so cool! I would love to have one and try some of my favorite recipes but I think I would try the one you posted above first. Thanks for the chance to win this.

  10. just found lots o recipes for a slow cooker. some sound really really good. and sooooo easy. don’t know what i’d make first but it’d be tasty.

  11. A good reason to pull out the old Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook again… Mmm, bean soup

  12. I would make soups, roast, chicken, and anything else I could think of. Slow cookers are the best! My favorite is making chicken tortilla soup in the slow cooker.

  13. Slow cooker saves most any weekday for this busy mom…..hopefully my number is randomly generated. :-)

  14. I would use it to make my moms chili. And it would definitely help to put dinner in when I leave for work in the morning and its ready when I get home!! Plus I have found a bunch of slow cooker recipes I would love to try out!!!!

  15. This recipe looks fantastic – I’d love to try it in a new crock pot!

  16. I always make pot roast mainly in mine but would love to try a french dip

  17. The first thing I would make would definitely be sweet and sour meatballs because my children love them

  18. I want to make chicken tacos, pinto beans with ham shanks, pulled pork, beef stew, roasts… I think slow cookers make the most wonderful meals.

  19. Brisket is my favorite thing to make in the slow cooker. Pulled pork is a close second though.

  20. I hope I got my entry in on time! This looks like an awesome slow cooker!