Pig Skins for the Pig Skins

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Homecoming weeks starts this Sunday! The festivities go on all week, but let’s be honest everyone is ready for the game next Saturday night.  Why go hungry during the game? Here’s a killer recipe for your tailgate that will be a touchdown with all your friends.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 5 small russet potatoes
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Cooking spray, such as Pam
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 1 pound (about 2 cups) pulled pork from your favorite BBQ joint
  • Sour cream, for topping
  • 2 tablespoons chives or scallions

One day ahead of time:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Rinse the potatoes under water and dry them completely. Use a fork to prick the skin of the potatoes on each side, spray with cooking spray, and place them in the middle rack of then oven. Bake the potatoes until fork tender, about 1 hour. Remove them from the oven and let sit until cool. Cut potatoes in half, lengthwise, and spoon out the flesh, leaving a half inch shell. (For an easy dinner side dish, and mash the insides of the potatoes with some butter, cream and cheese!) Wrap potato skins individually in aluminum foil, and put them all in a ziplock bag into the fridge.

Fry 5 strips of bacon (pig #1) on the stovetop. Crumble the bacon when it’s cooled, place in an airtight container and keep on the counter (it will stay crispy until the next day).

Combine the pulled pork (pig #2) and barbecue sauce and put in an airtight container, and put into the fridge. If you’re an LSU fan and you like things spicy, be sure to use hot barbeque sauce – it will give these Pig Skins an extra kick.

Snip the chives with kitchen scissors at an angle (they will look more fancy that way J) and place in an airtight container and into the fridge.

The day of the big game:

Pack the potatoes, barbeque pork, cheese, chives, and sour cream in a cooler. In a separate bag, bring the bacon, cooking spray, salt & pepper, aluminum foil, and all of your other necessary grillin’ utensils.

At the tailgate:

Wrap the pulled pork in an aluminum foil packet and place on the grill, seam side up, and cook for about 10 minutes, until hot.

 

Keep an eye out for tailgate recipes all week!

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