Sweet ‘n Spicy Pulled Pork with Sweet Potato Waffles

Next to muffins, waffles are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to make.  I haven’t posted any recipes on Sunday Girl Eats yet, but I have shared one for coconut waffles on Instagram as well as a post for a honey blueberry corn bread version.  Waffles can be both savory and sweet, and therefore, can be a great option for breakfast or dinner.  I’ve been wanting to make a sweet potato version and was inspired by the Lean Green Bean’s Sweet Potato Waffle Nachos recipe.  Since I don’t have a mini waffle iron, I figured pulled pork would be a great topping for larger waffles.  I also had a busy weekend and needed something that could easily cook in the slow cooker during the day yesterday.  Luckily I didn’t overcook the pork, and the waffles were not labor intensive despite having to whip them up at 9:00 last night!  The cheddar, jalapeno and bacon are a must for the waffles, and it gave me a chance to try out Daiya’s Cheddar Style Shreds.  If you are looking for dairy-free alternatives and haven’t tried their “cheese” yet,  I highly recommend it.  It is the closest thing to regular cheddar that I’ve come across!

1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
1 medium vidalia onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet ‘n Spicy Barbecue Sauce
1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (2-3 small to medium sweet potatoes)
1 large egg
1/4 cup Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (or solid if sweet potatoes are warm)
1/2 medium jalapeno, finely chopped
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
Radish and avocado slices, optional

Place onion, chili powder, pork and barbecue sauce in slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until cooked through.  When ready to serve, remove pork and shred.  Return to slow cooker and toss with sauce.

For the waffles, combine mashed sweet potatoes, egg, cheese, coconut oil, jalapeno and bacon.  Mix well to combine.  Brush heated waffle iron with coconut oil and spoon potato mixture onto waffle plate(s).  Cook according to your waffle iron directions.

Serve waffles topped with pulled pork and slices of radish and avocado, if desired.

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