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A Celebration of Smoked Pork: Sweet Potato Hashbrowns with Crispy Fried Pork

Sweet Potato Hash browns with Crispy Fried Pork

It’s the week before finals at the university (known as dead week not because you’re dead, but because you wish you were) and I don’t really have the time or the mental energy to right write an article at the moment. So, this week, I’m going to keep the words short and the food delicious for a special I’m calling “A Celebration of Smoked Pork.”

If you’ve ever smoked a huge piece of pork you know that it can be a struggle to find new and exciting ways to use the leftover meat besides ‘tossing it on a sandwich.’ You contemplate freezing it, throwing it out, feeding it to the dogs — none of which allow you to  enjoy the wonders of smoked pork. In an effort to rid you (and me) of this problem, I present to you…

Sweet Potato Hashbrowns with Crispy Fried Pork (serves two hungry folks):

Very loosely adapted from Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into cubes (size doesn’t matter.. they can be big or small.. just make sure they are cut evenly so they cook evenly)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons reserved hickory smoked pork fat from smoked Boston butt (bacon fat can be substituted in a pinch, but expect there to be flavor consequences)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups pulled pork
  • 1/2 cup favorite barbecue sauce (something with a little tang and spice works well)

In a 12 inch cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the pork fat over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add another tablespoon of the fat and add in the potatoes. Cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

In the now empty skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of fat and fry the pork until heated through and slightly crispy (this works best with room temperature pork). Just before serving, add the barbecue sauce to the pork and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. You want the sugar in the sauce to caramelize a bit, but you absolutely do not want it to burn.

Top the potatoes with the pork, sprinkle in the fresh thyme and parsley, and serve hot with arugula or your favorite side-salad.

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4 comments

1 Mom { 04.28.10 at 8:37 pm }

Wow, you have been busy! Two posts in as many days. How are your grades? :) Isn’t this the dish that you had the unfortunate knife incident at Christmas? I think I like this version. I am trying to imagine pulled pork instead of the Applewood Bacon? Was it Applewood or Rosewood? I forget now.

2 Chase { 04.28.10 at 9:14 pm }

Yep, I made this a version of this last Christmas with hickory smoked bacon and grilled rib eye steaks and a shallot/thyme/parsley compound butter. Also a great meal. This one is obviously less involved.

And… school sucks. Grades suck. Considering quitting and roaming the world as a starving artist blogger. Will let you know how it goes.

Btw, no such thing as Rosewood smoked bacon. Would love to try it, tho.

3 Emily Martin { 05.06.10 at 11:39 am }

Oh God, I need this in my life right now. The Chinese I was going to make for dinner just doesn’t sound at all good now, thanks.
Pork is my absolute favourite ever meat and it looks like you’ve done this butt proud.
PS. So glad I found your blog! Thanks Liam!
.-= Emily Martin´s last blog ..The Nettles Strike Back. =-.

4 Chase { 05.07.10 at 1:00 am }

Emily – Its great to have you as a reader! ( was gonna say great to have you on board. Then realized my blog isn’t a ship, lol)

Sorry to hear about your Chinese. Smoked pork has a way of ruining other peoples dinner plans :p

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