Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


This week has been absolutely, positively no good at work. The amount of stress I’ve been feeling has me feeling physical effects – my shoulders ache, my chest gets tight, and my appetite is in the tank (that’s when I know things are really bad! ;) ). Driving change in a department can be difficult and as HR reminded me, “No one ever said leadership was easy, Nicole.”

At that point, I could’ve cried. Screamed. Thrown something.

Repeat, Nicole…You love your job…this will pass. You love your job…this will pass. You love your job…this will pass.


I’ve been coming home, to an empty house, staring at a wired bulldog. Wednesday night, she was literally bouncing off the walls as she scampered after her toys, chasing them around the hardwood floors.

I looked at her, she stared back. “You want to go to the beach, Lil?” I asked.

I think the dog JUMPED (bucked?) she was so excited.

I grabbed a ball and we headed that way, and she jumped up every 3 steps to try and release the ball from my grip. We got to the beach and I was trying to send a text in the bright sun. Of course, I couldn’t see the screen well and continued trying to create some shade to see the screen. Before long, all I heard was panting and I realized that Lily was 20 feet out in Lake Michigan…without her life jacket, chasing a volleyball through the water.


As it would end up, the dog can swim…rather well, in fact.

I wore her out and headed home to give her a shower with her pina colada scented dog shampoo and make dinner. And by make dinner, I really mean retrieve my sweet potato from the oven, defrost some of this Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork and toss it with my favorite BBQ sauce before stuffing it in my sweet potato and collapsing onto the couch to catch up with American Idol and Cops.

Up side to this week? Definitely these stuffed potatoes. Definitely.


 TGIF!!!!!!!!!! Mother’s Day Weekend! :)

Be well,



  1. I love there isn’t any added sugar in this pulled pork. However one question: In what area of the grocery store do you buy liquid smoke?

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Hi Stacey! I apologize for my delay in getting back to you. Liquid smoke is generally near the BBQ sauce, ketchup, etc. :)

  2. Work stress is the pits, sorry to hear you are going through it. You are right, it will pass! This recipe looks amazing!!

  3. Those sweet potatoes look amazing!! You really fooled me; I thought you spent hours making the pork that day instead of simply defrosting it. Gotta love those freezers!

    Does Lily like baths? We just say the word and our dog runs away and cowers in the corner. Her little heart starts racing; it’s so sad!

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Awww! Poor thing! Lily tolerates it really well. Our house as a “beach shower” in the laundry room, so she knows that after the beach, it’s straight into there. She doesn’t fight it any more ;)

      • You trained her well! Maybe if we start giving our little dog baths more often, she won’t be as scared of them… But it’s hard to give her baths in the winter. We feel bad that she’ll be cold when she gets out, but she’s afraid of the hair dryer too!


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